Carbon Management & Climate Change
As a public body, we are committed to environmental sustainability and cutting our carbon emissions. Our Environmental Strategy 2017-20 sets out how we plan to do this.
Our Corporate Plan 2017-20 and our annual Business Plans commit us to continually improving the way in which we operate and deliver our services and to reducing our carbon emissions annually.
The focus of our current Environmental Strategy is to concentrate our efforts on reducing our carbon emissions primarily from travel and transport. Travel is an essential part of our business, but also a significant part of our carbon footprint. How we plan to reduce our business travel carbon footprint is set out in our Travel Plan.
Public Bodies Climate Change Duties
We are bound by the Climate Change Public Bodies Duties set out in Part 4 of the Climate Change Act (Scotland) 2009. These duties require that when exercising our functions we:
- contribute to carbon emissions reduction (climate change mitigation)
- contribute to climate change adaptation
- act sustainably
The Scottish Government’s purpose is to focus government and public services on creating a more successful country with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth. The National Performance Framework sets out how the Scottish Government and other delivery partners will achieve and measure the purpose, and details 16 national outcomes and 50 national indicators. Our work as registrar and regulator of charities aligns to many of these objectives, and our work during the life of our Environmental Strategy will contribute both directly and indirectly to the delivery of many of the national outcomes, most specifically to the following:
- We value and enjoy our built environment and protect it and enhance it for future generations.
- We reduce the local and global environmental impact of our consumption and production
The Climate Change Act (Scotland) 2009 further requires us to submit an annual report to the Sustainable Scotland Network (SSN), detailing our compliance with the climate change duties. You can view our 2015-16 report here