Public bodies may have to report on climate change

The NHS, local authorities and educational institutions in Scotland could be required to report on climate change. The Scottish Government has launched a public consultation on plans to introduce the […]

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By Taryn Nixon

The NHS, local authorities and educational institutions in Scotland could be required to report on climate change.

The Scottish Government has launched a public consultation on plans to introduce the requirement.

It is seeking views onĀ  introducing a standard reporting form, the impact of the changes in reporting climate change performance and how reports should be annually monitored.

If approved, around 150 large public bodies including the Scottish Government would have to report on climate change.

Scotland’s Climate Change Minister Aileen McLeod said: “The introduction of required reporting is one area where we have the power to do more to tackle climate change. This is why we are seeking views on standardising reporting for public sector bodies to enable consistent standards, continuous improvement and transparency within the public sector.”

The consultation will run for 14 weeks.