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Cabinet Secretary highlights importance of climate change reporting

Ahead of the Sustianable Scotland Network (SSN) Spring Conference on Wednesday, the Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Climate Change has written to all public sector Chief Executives to highlight the new duties that have come into effect for climate change reporting this year. 

Published on SSN's website, the Cabinet Secretary’s letter highlights the recently published annual analysis of public body climate change duty reports for the period 2020-21 and also signposts Chief Executives to the Scottish Government/Sustainable Scotland Network Guidance, published in October 2021.

The 2020/21 analysis provides an overview of public body corporate emissions, as well as insight on renewables projects, targets, and a range of spotlight examples of climate action. This year’s analysis report also includes a review of the adaptation data provided by public bodies in their annual climate change reports. This is the 6th reporting period since mandatory reporting began in 2015/16.

SSN Spring Conference

The SSN Spring Conference is taking place online from 09.30-13.30 on Wednesday 25 May, with an impressive line-up of break-out sessions and plenary speakers, including the Cabinet Secretary.

Cabinet Secretary Michael Matheson MSP will use his opening address to emphasise the importance of public sector leadership, and public bodies’ climate change reporting, to Scotland’s national endeavour on climate action.

Sustainable Scotland Network

The Sustainable Scotland Network (SSN) is Scotland’s public sector network on sustainability and climate change. As Scotland’s all-public-sector network specialising in sustainability and climate change, SSN supports all major public bodies as they work towards net zero emission targets by 2045.