The quality of our environment is important to anyone who lives, visits, works or learns in Scotland. Our charity works the length and breadth of the country to encourage everyone to make Scotland clean, green and sustainable.
Our Annual Review is a celebration of our work over the year to protect, conserve and enhance Scotland’s environment. With our presence being felt in every town, city and village across Scotland, it is likely you or someone that you know will have been reached by or involved in our work; whether this is in your local community, supporting national and local government, in your local school or within the public and private sectors.
We have continued to encourage better understanding of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals; linking simple everyday actions to improve our environment with global challenges. You will see great examples of these as you read through the review.
With partnerships, collaboration and team effort at the heart of our work, we extend our gratitude to our diverse range of supporters, funders, donors and partners, as well as the talented team of people working and volunteering with us.
Thank you to everyone who has joined us in our efforts to keep Scotland beautiful.
We joined forces with Scotland's largest social housing provider, The Wheatley Group, to help make their neighbourhoods clean and green.
With funding from Wrigley, we worked on a social experiment in Paisley to tackle litter whilst raising money for good causes.
The 17 One Planet Picnic Pocket Garden winning schools showcased their gardens at Gardening Scotland.
To raise awareness of cigarette litter, and in partnership with the National Trust for Scotland, we distributed cigarette mini bins at visitor centres across the country.
Judging took place for Beautiful Scotland and It’s Your Neighbourhood – our community environmental improvement campaigns.
We refreshed our Eco-Schools programme, by launching a new online application system which incorporates the Sustainable Development Goals.
Our Local Environmental Quality in Decline update report was published, which showed that there had yet again been an overall deterioration in local environmental quality indicators.
We began work with Sporta Scotland to provide climate change reporting support to seven sports and leisure trusts.
We accredited CalMac Ferries Limited and Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited with 26 environmental awards for their commitment to improving environmental quality.
We published analysis on the public sector climate change reports which showed an 8% overall reduction in reported carbon emissions.
As part of our anti-roadside litter campaign, we carried out a series of interventions in Dumfries and Galloway to reduce litter and flytipping.
The 1,000th Climate Challenge Fund grant was awarded to Glasgow-based Bike for Good. Bike for Good work with young people, teachers and parents to encourage cycling and reduce car use.
As part of our internal ‘greening’ work we updated our Greening Manual, a document that sets out our commitment to reduce our carbon emissions and be more environmentally responsible, and we were delighted to have our Environmental Management Standard ISO14001:2015 award reaccredited.
We signed up for Nextbike Corporate Membership, which gives all employees access to free bike hire and also hosted two electric vehicle demonstration days, highlighting our commitment to encouraging active and green travel. To improve understanding of climate change issues, a group of employees, including members of the management and executive team, attended and passed certified Carbon Literacy training which led to us receiving an award for being a Climate Literate Organisation.
During the year, we were proud to become an accredited Living Wage Employer and we also started to progress work towards the bronze Healthy Working Lives award, providing employees with tips and information as well as establishing a regular lunchtime walk.
2018 is the Scottish Government’s Year of Young People. Between January and the end of March, we sought opportunities to work with and highlight the work of Scottish young people. This included awarding two young people and one primary school class with our Clean Up Scotland Hero of the Month award and sending Young Reporter Scotland winner Jasmine Lawrie to Portugal to take part in, and report on, an international event.
Never has our charitable purpose of protecting, enhancing and conserving our environment been more important and relevant for Scotland. With the advent of Blue Planet II, there has been a general awakening of public interest and appetite to challenge and tackle the environmental impacts of living unsustainably.
The Scottish Government has, and will continue to, set ambitious targets for tackling environmental challenges particularly through the Climate Change Bill, Learning for Sustainability, Circular Economy and its commitments to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In response to these challenges, our charity is at the heart of the effort to encourage and help people across Scotland and to take positive action to change and improve environmental behaviours.
We know that environmental standards are declining across Scotland and that this is particularly felt in more deprived communities. We will publish our updated report on these issues and continue to implement campaigns to address this worrying trend.
We will develop and implement new, innovative campaigns across Scotland to tackle the unsustainable use and irresponsible disposal brought about by the consumption of single-use packaging. And, through our Carbon Literacy training, we will continue to raise understanding of climate change across Scotland.
As your charity for Scotland’s environment, we will encourage and support people working, learning and living in Scotland to take positive action to make our country clean, green and sustainable.