Committed and ambitious, Scotland's public sector is working together to deliver innovative, impactful, evidence-based action on sustainable development.

The Sustainable Scotland Network, Scotland's largest network of public sector sustainability professionals, has been run by the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI), in partnership with Sniffer, since May 2018.

Creating an ambitious network

Sniffer and ECCI’s ambitious approach to developing the Network will help connect climate change action being taken across Scotland’s public sector with a wider audience of decision makers. We aim to enhance and grow the strong capacity-building, training, knowledge exchange and peer-to-peer opportunities offered by the SSN. We will also add value by connecting the network to innovative and untapped partners and channels.

A number of ambitious developments are proposed for the SSN. These align closely with the change in climate action needed to deliver on the newly-published Climate Change Plan. 

Public Bodies Duties

Scotland’s 2009 Climate Change Act places duties on all public bodies. In 2015 the Scottish Government introduced an Order requiring all public bodies from the Major Player list to report annually to Scottish Ministers on their compliance with the climate change duties. The Major Players include Scotland's:

  • 32 local authorities,
  • 30 integration joint boards
  • 25 colleges
  • 19 universities
  • 14 regional NHS boards and 5 Special NHS Boards
  • 7 Regional Transport Partnerships
  • and many other national and regional bodies including Scottish Water, Scottish Natural Heritage, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Historic Environment Scotland.

The SSN supports the public sector to comply with this duty and in 2017 all major public bodies completed emissions reporting. The SSN was run by Keep Scotland Beautiful from 2002-2018.

Sniffer and ECCI are working closely with the Scottish Government to develop the SSN. The SSN secretariat is funded by Scottish Government and delivered by Sniffer and Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation.

For more information on the next steps for the Sustainable Scotland Network please contact SSN Director, George Tarvit, [email protected] 

You can find more information on the dedicated website for the Sustainable Scotland Network.