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Scotland round-up: sustainability reporting, biodiversity, networking, adaptation, green arts, resource efficiency

Sustainable development news from the devolved administration and public bodies in Scotland: Scottish Parliament’s sustainability report; guidance on sustainability reporting; protecting Scotland’s biodiversity; Sustainable Scotland Network opens to whole public sector; adapting to climate change, greening the arts, resource efficiency.

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Scottish Parliament publishes 2012-13 sustainability report

The Scottish Parliament has published its Environmental and Sustainability Report for the financial year 2012/13, reporting continued improvements in environmental performance and progress towards its target to reduce carbon emissions by 42% by 2020, with a reduction of 25% and savings of £200,000 reported for the year. The report highlights reductions in the use of electricity and waste, an increasing recycling rate, work to implement the Responsible Purchasing Strategy, and maintained certification to ISO 14001.
Report available to download from The Scottish Parliament…

Scottish Government publishes revised public sector sustainability reporting guidance

The Scottish Government has published its first annual revision of guidance to assist Scottish public bodies to report on sustainability alongside their Annual Reports and Accounts. It is targeted primarily at all central government bodies in Scotland that produce Annual Reports and Accounts in accordance with HM Treasury’s Government Financial Reporting Manual. The aim of the guidance is to encourage and support a consistent and comparable approach to the publication of sustainability information between both different public sector bodies in Scotland and across the UK as a whole.
More from The Scottish Government…

2020 Challenge for Scotland’s Biodiversity

Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse has launched a new plan to protect and restore Scotland’s environment. The 2020 Challenge for Scotland’s Biodiversity aims to protect and restore biodiversity on land and in the sea, and to support healthier ecosystems; to connect people with the natural world, for their health and wellbeing and to involve them more in decisions about their environment; to maximise the benefits for Scotland and of a diverse natural environment and the services it provides, contributing to sustainable economic growth.
More from The Scottish Government…

Sustainable Scotland Network now open to whole Scottish public sector

The Sustainable Scotland Network (SSN) supports public sector action on sustainable development, focussing on climate change and sustainable procurement. Building on over a decade’s work with local government, SSN now offers support to the whole Scottish public sector. SSN is part of Keep Scotland Beautiful, which is funded by the Scottish Government.
More from SSN…

Adapting to climate change: an introduction for the public sector

Adaptation Scotland’s Climate Change Adaptation Workbook provides a step-by-step approach to developing a planned response to climate change adaptation.
More from Adaptation Scotland…

Greening the arts in Scotland

Creative Carbon Scotland has launched a new website to bring together the arts and the environment sectors in Scotland, allowing artists and arts organisations to showcase their environmental work and access an environmental sustainability toolkit tailored to their needs to help them make carbon reductions and track their environmental progress.
More from Creative Carbon Scotland…

Resource Efficient Scotland

Launched earlier this year, the Resource Efficient Scotland programme, delivered by Zero Waste Scotland and funded by the Scottish Government, provides support to businesses, third sector and public sector organisations to save money through improved energy, material resource and water efficiency, in order to try and make over £2bn of potential savings to the Scottish economy.
More about Resource Efficient Scotland…

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