Keep Scotland Beautiful wins Gold for Carbon Literacy

We are delighted to have won Gold at The Carbon Literacy Trust Award ceremony, held in Manchester on 21st March.

We are just one of five organisations in the UK and the only organisation in Scotland to have attained Gold accreditation for being a Carbon Literate Organisation – recognising our work to promote Carbon Literacy amongst our staff and across Scotland

Previously holding Bronze, our upgraded status reflects our increased commitment to acting on climate change, supporting our Carbon Literate staff in taking action, and sharing knowledge and best practice around Carbon Literacy within Scotland.

The award acknowledges our ongoing efforts to reduce our internal carbon footprint and promote good environmental behaviours within the organisation through a range of initiatives

To attain Gold, over 50% of our employees and at least one of our Board or senior management were required to become carbon literate, and Carbon Literacy needed to be embedded into the performance management of our organisation, which it is through our Greening Group and refreshed employee induction process.

We were also required to deliver carbon literacy training to members of another organisation. Since October 2018, through our Climate Ready Classrooms workshops for secondary schools we have delivered training to over 200 pupils in 15 schools across Scotland, and through our  Carbon Literacy for Communities initiative, we have delivered training to community-led organisations who are running carbon reduction projects funded by the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund. 

A further requirement was to actively promote Carbon Literacy, which we have been doing since working with the Carbon Literacy Trust – speaking at conferences and promoting the value Carbon Literacy can add to an organisation.

We were also delighted to officially receive our accreditation for being a Carbon Literate Training Organisation, alongside three others in the UK – recognising us as experts in designing and delivering low carbon training. We are the only organisation in Scotland to receive this accolade and it establishes us as the go-to for organisations that want to establish a low-carbon culture.


Dave Coleman, Managing Director of The Carbon Literacy Project, said:

“Once again we congratulate Keep Scotland Beautiful on its achievement. The only organisation in Scotland to hold a Gold Carbon Literate Organisation award and one of only four organisations across the whole of the UK to be fully accredited as a Carbon Literacy Training Organisation, the charity continues to lead the way in the development of low-carbon culture.

“We hope Keep Scotland Beautiful’s strategy - first training and supporting its staff internally to become Carbon Literate and then working to deliver reduced carbon emissions and a more sustainable economy externally, through its services and relationships - will continue to inspire others across Scotland, and far beyond.”


Pete Leonard, Operations Director from Keep Scotland Beautiful, commented:


“It is fantastic to be rewarded for our efforts to be the first, and the best, Carbon Literate Organisation in Scotland.

“Keep Scotland Beautiful is committed to becoming a beacon for sustainability and supporting our employees in playing their part to tackle climate change. This award reflects our increased commitment to acting on climate change, supporting our staff in taking action and sharing knowledge and best practice across Scotland.

“Human activities – how we heat and light our homes and travel, to the food we eat and how we use our land – are the cause of climate change, so helping people change their behaviours is key to a sustainable future.”

A total of nineteen organisations were recognised at the awards ceremony, which was held at HOME in Manchester – the world’s first Carbon Literate arts venue. The awards were presented by Cllr Alex Ganotis, Leader of Stockport Council and Chair of the Greater Manchester Low Carbon Hub, and Dr Ali Abbas, Chair of The Carbon Literacy Trust.

28 March 2019

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