Climate Change - Net Zero Nation: draft public engagement strategy - consultation

Closed 31 Mar 2021

Opened 16 Dec 2020


ERRATA: Since its original publication on 16 December 2020, the consultation period has been extended and will now close on 31 March 2021.  This extension is not anticipated to impact on the publication schedule for the finalised strategy.

This Draft Public Engagement Strategy sets out our overarching framework for engaging the people of Scotland in the transition to a net zero and climate ready nation. By putting our people at the heart of everything we do, we aim to enable and empower everyone in Scotland to be a part of shaping our transition in a just and fair way, building a social mandate for the societal transformation needed to become a net zero nation and one prepared for the changing climate.

We want to maximise the effectiveness and inclusivity of this strategy for the people, communities, and organisations that will be at the heart of delivering it. We are interested to know what you like about our proposals, what you think is missing, and what you think should change.

Given the national endeavour ahead of us, it is only right to consult on a strategy such as this. We encourage all interested parties to contribute your views to ensure that this strategy reflects the ambitious collaborative approach we are trying to achieve.

Why we are consulting

Much has changed since our last public engagement strategy for climate change was published in 2013, and the revised approach presented in this document is rooted in the evidence, experience and expertise we have built up in this time.

This strategy marks a step change in how we understand the role of public engagement in climate change, moving from encouraging incremental changes in attitudes and behaviours, to facilitating a society-wide transformation. We know that we cannot achieve these ambitions without widespread endorsement and support from all sectors of society.

We are therefore publishing this strategy as a draft for consultation because we want to develop our refreshed approach in collaboration with stakeholders across Scotland.

Read the consultation paper.

What happens next

Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence. The Scottish Government will publish responses, where respondents have given permission for their response to be made public, and a report summarising responses will also be made available.

Responses to the questions we have asked will directly inform the final Strategy.


  • Environment and Climate Change