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S5W-23279: Claudia Beamish (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 17 May 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will invite the boards of (a) public sector bodies and (b) local authorities to consider what they can do to make a positive and progressively larger contribution to address the climate emergency declared by the First Minister and to report accordingly.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 30 May 2019

There is a global climate emergency and the IPCC’s Special Report made clear that everyone, including public bodies need to act now if our targets are to be met. Public bodies have a key role in delivering on the increased ambition through their climate change duties. The Public Bodies Climate Change Duties Reporting mechanism provides a basis for tracking public sector action on climate change and driving continuous improvement. A review of the reporting duty is already underway in conjunction with public sector representatives. We are now looking across our whole range of responsibilities to make sure we continue with the policies that are working and increase action where necessary. Over the summer we will engage the public, communities, businesses, industry, and the public sector in a discussion about what more can be done.