The Scottish Government is the only national executive government to hold a triple certification to the Carbon Trust Standard for carbon, water and waste reduction, first achieved in 2015.
The Scottish Government is the only national executive government to hold a triple certification to the Carbon Trust Standard for carbon, water and waste reduction. This was first achieved in 2015, with a subsequent recertification awarded since then for continued progress. This covers the government’s full estate, including a number of historic and modern buildings.
Reductions have been made through measures such as installing LED lights, biomass boilers, building management systems and solar panels, upgrading equipment to more energy efficient versions across technologies ranging from air conditioning to computers, and increasing the amount of electric and hybrid vehicles in the government fleet.
To combat plastic waste they have also banned straws and single use coffee cups in Government buildings. There are also efforts underway to reduce unnecessary travel, aiming to increase use of teleconferences by 50% by 2020 when compared with 2013/14, with the aim of reducing total emissions from business travel by 40% from the same year. The government also purchases low carbon electricity to power the majority of its operations.
As other organisations in Scotland work to reduce their own emissions to contribute towards national targets, the action the Scottish Government is taking itself shows leadership from the front. However, as an executive body, the influence the government has goes far beyond just setting a good example. Scotland has set itself some of the world’s most ambitious environmental targets, recently raising its targets on climate change to a 90% reduction by 2050 from a 1990 baseline. The government also aims to catalyse wider action through the Greener Scotland campaign, which both encourages and educates the public to make low-carbon choices in line with their national emission reduction targets.
We are proud of the international leadership Scotland continues to show on creating a sustainable world for future generations, investing into advancing clean energy and developing a zero waste economy. The Carbon Trust Standard provides us, and other governmental bodies in Scotland, with an independent framework to show that we are practicing what we preach and making real reductions in our own emissions and resource use.
Graeme Curran, Senior Environmental and Sustainable Transport Manager, The Scottish Government