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About the Scottish Parliament

Environmental management

The Scottish Parliament is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and using fewer resources. Read about its environmental policy.

Annual sustainable development report

The Parliament’s environmental impact between 2019 and 2020 is set out in the sustainable development report.

2019-20 sustainable development report (3.4MB pdf) 


How the Parliament’s local ecosystem is supported and protected is set out in the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) biodiversity statement.

Biodiversity is the range of living things and systems on Earth. It includes:

  • animal and plant species
  • genes
  • ecosystems
  • landscapes

The more plant, insect and animal species there are in one area, the greater the biodiversity and the healthier the ecosystem.

2018-2021 Biodiversity Statement (2MB pdf) 

Carbon management plan

The Parliament plans to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 56% by April 2021 from the emission levels of 2005-06. This is an increase of 14% on last year’s target which is set out in the latest Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body’s (SPCB) carbon management plan.

2020 Carbon Management Plan (617KB pdf) 

Energy performance certificate

The Parliament updated its energy performance certificate on 16 August 2019. The Parliament’s EPC rating is C.

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) measures a building's carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon dioxide emissions are rated on a scale of A to G, with A being the least polluting.

Energy Performance Certificate (117KB pdf) 

Environmental management system

The Scottish Parliament has adopted an environmental policy. To ensure this is properly followed, it uses an internationally recognised environmental management system (EMS).

"ISO 14001:2015" sets the standards that organisations should follow to help them

  • reduce waste
  • improve resource efficiency
  • cut waste management costs

The Parliament building and the surrounding grounds received its ISO 14001:2015 certificate from the International Organisation for Standardisation in September 2017.

ISO 14001:2015 certificate (242KB pdf) 


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