Public Bodies Climate Change Duties Reporting

Why Report?

Climate Change Reporting was initially done voluntarily by Scotland's Universities and Colleges. By signing the Universities and Colleges Climate Commitment for Scotland (UCCCfS) and producing a 5-year Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP), each institution committed to addressing their own climate activity and reporting on their progress.

Annual Progress Reports were previously submitted to the EAUC-Scotland office using the UCCCfS Reporting Template. However, following the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, all Major Player Public Sector Bodies (including 44 Colleges and Universities in Scotland) must now report to Scottish Government through Public Bodies Climate Change Duties  (PBCCD) Reporting.

Background to PBCCD 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 150 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. This includes 44 Scottish Colleges and Universities. 

You can read about the timeline of the reporting changes here, and find out more on the background on the SSN Reporting webpages here.

EAUC-Scotland and PBCCD Reporting

EAUC-Scotland actively worked throughout development of the new processes to ensure the views of the tertiary education sector were properly represented through the Climate Leaders Officers 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.

PBCCD Reporting will:

  • improve the quality of climate change data
  • standardise reporting methodology across the public sector
  • encourage transparency
  • guide future Scottish Government strategic reports, support and policy-making
  • improve engagement with leadership

​As part of the EAUC-Scotland agreement with the Scottish Funding Council, EAUC-Scotland produce and submit a cumulative report on sector (FE, HE and FHE) progress. This report is also sent to the Scottish Government to showcase the sector's activity and contribution to the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 targets.


Help with completing the PBCCD Reporting

The deadline for PBCCD Reports for 2016-17 activities will be 30 November 2017

Access to the Public Bodies Climate Change Duties Reporting Platform and all supporting information relating to 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.

Keep an eye on the EAUC News Page and EAUC-Scotland Newsletters (sent to all educational contacts, find out more about membership here) for more updates on reporting.


If you have any questions, requests or training needs please get in touch with the EAUC-Scotland Office.


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