By signing the Universities and Colleges Climate Commitment for Scotland (UCCCfS) and producing a 5-year Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP), each institution has commitment to addressing their own climate activity by reporting on their progress.
As part of the EAUC-Scotland agreement with the Scottish Funding Council we produce and submit an accumulative report on the sectors (FE, HE and FHE) progress. This report will also be sent to the Scottish Government to showcase the sectors activity and contribution to the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 targets.
Annual Progress Reports were previously submitted to the EAUC-Scotland office using the UCCCfS Reporting Template. With developments to the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 all public sector bodies will now report to Scottish Government.
Public Bodies Climate Change Duties Reporting
The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 introduced ambitious targets and legislation to reduce Scotland’s emissions by at least 80% by 2050. The Act additionally placed duties on public bodies relating to climate change.
Further to the Act, the Scottish Government introduced in 2015 an Order requiring all 151 Public Bodies who appear on the Major Player list to submit an annual report to Sustainable Scotland Network (SSN), detailing their compliance with the climate change duties.
EAUC-Scotland has been actively working throughout development of the new processes to ensure the views of the tertiary education sector are properly represented through the Climate Leaders’ Offer Group (CLOG). The reporting tool produced provides an effective alternative to our old UCCCfS Reporting Template, which will allow us, as well as the Scottish Government, to better support the sector. It is hoped that the new reporting style will:
- improve the quality of climate change data
- standardise reporting methodology
- encourage transparency
- guide future Scottish Government strategic reports, support and policy-making
- improve engagement with leadership
Help with completing the PBCCD Reporting
The next deadline for required Public Bodies Climate Change Duties reports for 2016-17 activities will be 30 November 2017.
- Access to Public Bodies Climate Change Duties Reporting Platform and all supporting information relating to 2015/16 Climate Change Reports can be found on the SSN website here.
- We have compiled a list of useful websites to help you with reporting including guidance and tools - please download from the download sidebar.
- You can read about the timeline of the reporting changes here. Keep an eye on the EAUC News Page for more updates on reporting.
If you have any questions, requests or training needs please get in touch with the Scotland Office.
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