The role of Public Sector Bodies in tackling climate change: A Consultation

Closed 4 Dec 2019

Opened 11 Sep 2019

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This consultation is focussed on the role of public sector bodies in ending Scotland’s contribution to climate change, how the Public Sector Climate Change Reporting Duties should be revised to support that, and how Scottish Government and the wider public sector can work together to make a step-change in delivery.

We want to hear from public bodies, but we also want to hear from other organisations and individuals about what you think public sector bodies should be doing to tackle climate change.

Why your views matter

On 14 May, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform gave a statement to Parliament about Scotland’s response to the global climate emergency, and committed to consult widely on what needs to happen across the country in order to end Scotland’s contribution to global warming.

The Big Climate Conversation, of which this consultation paper is part, aims to:

  • build an open, transparent and collaborative, whole-Scotland approach to reducing emissions;
  • identify and share ideas about opportunities, what works, barriers to action and what we need to do differently; and
  • generate ideas for the update to the Climate Change Plan.

Outputs from the Big Climate Conversation, including this consultation, will help inform the Climate Change Plan update and will inform our plans to bring forward secondary legislation that alter the details of the public sector climate change reporting duties.

Read the consultation paper 


  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Public Sector