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Scotland’s Climate Week

13 – 19 September 2021

Scotland’s Climate Week is an annual event, which started in 2016, to help raise awareness of the global climate emergency and celebrate Scotland’s leadership in taking action against climate change.

This year Scotland's Climate Week will mark six weeks to go until the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26).

COP26 is the world’s biggest international summit on climate change and will be held in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November 2021. It is one of the world’s best chances to address the greatest challenge facing this planet - climate change. COP26 will bring together heads of state, climate experts and negotiators to agree coordinated action to tackle the global climate emergency.

 

Scotland’s Climate Week 2021

Scotland’s Climate Week will centre on the run up to COP26 and highlight the inspirational and leading climate action that’s already underway across Scotland’s businesses and organisations. It’ll encourage more action before, during and after COP26 that demonstrates Scotland’s collective effort to protect the planet we love.

Throughout Scotland’s Climate Week, we’re asking businesses and organisations to highlight the changes they’re already making in response to the global climate emergency, and to bring their employees, families and communities into the conversation on what they can do as we head towards COP26. The aim is for climate action to become a hot topic of conversation at workplaces, homes and community spaces up and down the country all the way through to COP26 and beyond.

Use the hashtag #ScotClimateWeek to promote your activities and get involved in the conversation online.

Are you a business or organisation?

Get involved in Scotland’s Climate Week.

Scotland’s Climate Week is also the perfect opportunity to look at how your business or organisation is taking action to tackle climate change and reach net zero. It’s a chance to decarbonise supply chains to make them more resilient and adaptable; to upskill and retrain employees, future-proofing jobs and tapping into the increasing pool of labour with green skills; to explore new sources of funding and advice to enable action. Find out more about business support here.

“Firms that adjust their business models to the transition to net zero world will be rewarded handsomely. Those that fail to adapt will cease to exist.”

Mark Carney, Former Governor of the Bank of England

Taking climate action can help drive cost savings, customer loyalty, attraction of talent, new products and services, and resilience. There are many untapped market opportunities - brands that demonstrate commitment to sustainability report up to four times average sales growth!

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Top 5 things businesses and organisations can do now to reduce emissions

  • Understand your impact – calculate your own greenhouse gas emissions to better understand your impact on the climate.
  • Energy use – run your business or organisation on 100% renewable electricity and heating.
  • Transport – investigate options for leasing, purchasing or travelling by ultra-low emission vehicles.
  • Supply chain – encourage your suppliers to make changes to the ways they operate or source local suppliers and products where possible.
  • Waste – reduce, reuse, repair and recycle as much as possible.

Find out more about how your business can do net zero.