Universities and Colleges Climate Commitment for Scotland

The Universities and Colleges Climate Commitment for Scotland (UCCCfS) programme is delivered by the EAUC and funded by the Scottish Funding Council from 2014-2017.

The commitment creates a structure for the universities and colleges to show the reduction of carbon emissions and commitment to tackling climate change. Universities and colleges, as named major players within Scottish legislation, have a pivotal role in improving the natural and built environment through:

  • their primary role as educators, skills trainers and researchers

  • as owners and operators of large and complex estates

  • as the focus of many local communities

What the UCCCfS involves for the universities and colleges

  1. All Scottish Universities and Colleges as of 2016 signed the UCCCfS certificate as a public declaration that the institution acknowledges the Scottish Government targets to reduce carbon emissions (80% by 2050)
    See your institution's signed UCCCfS certificate here

  2. Signatories produce and publish a 5-year Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) which will be incorporated into established improvement processes, with the aim to achieve a significant reduction in emissions.
    View all current CCAPs here

  3. Annual reporting on carbon emissions has previously been a part of the UCCCfS programme. However, with changes to The Climate Change (Duties of Public Bodies: Reporting Requirements) reporting will now be mandatory through the Scottish Government. 
    More information about Reporting can be found here

How the EAUC-Scotland Office supports the UCCCfS


Underpinning the UCCCfS is a package of support all of which provide opportunities for sharing best practice and networking, including:

For further information, if you would like EAUC-S to visit your institution or have any thoughts on maximising this programme as outlined above, we would love to hear from you.

Please contact the Scotland Office

Universities and Colleges Climate Commitment for Scotland
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