We are the UK Government’s independent adviser on sustainable development. Through advocacy, advice and
appraisal, we help put sustainable development at the heart of Government policy

March 2011

Taking sustainable development forward in Scotland
Closing statement from Jan Bebbington and Maf Smith

January 2011

Draft Zero Waste Regulation built on SDC Scotland report
SDC Scotland is very pleased to see the draft Regulation to deliver Zero Waste taking forward many of the commission’s proposals. Consultation on the draft closes on 28th February.

December 2010

Scottish Government is failing to future-proof the economy
Nearing the end of the parliamentary term the Sustainable Development Commission Scotland delivers a stark warning that the Government is putting Scotland’s long term prosperity at serious risk by failing to make the hard choices for a sustainable economy. The Commission welcomes the good work on renewables but warns that it has failed to signal the move away from dependence on oil and gas which is crucial to future-proof Scotland’s economy.

Measuring Progress Roundtable
At the national level, round-tables should be established, with the involvement of stakeholders, to identify…

November 2010

Scottish Government scraps SDC Scotland
The Scottish Government has today (Thursday 25th November) announced it is withdrawing funding from the…

October 2010

SDC Scotland submission to the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
The Scottish Government's Energy Efficiency Action Plan brings a more strategic approach to Government action. Previously there have been good individual initiatives but these have not been brought together. Action on energy efficiency by Government has been characterised by too many separate schemes or initiatives not being sufficiently linked together.

SDC Scotland welcomes long-awaited Energy Efficiency Action Plan
The Energy Efficiency Action Plan published by the Scottish Government today (Wednesday 6th October) has a comprehensive approach to reducing energy use in Scottish homes, businesses and transport sector. Despite a range of proposals the Sustainable Development Commission Scotland is still concerned that transport and planning policy is failing to deliver sustainable, low carbon communities.

July 2010

SDC Scotland statement on the UK funding announcement
Commenting on the UK Government’s decision to end funding for the Sustainable Development Commission,…

Workshops to shape Public Duties on climate change
There is support for clear guidance to help public bodies address climate change. That is the main conclusion from a workshop on the public Sector Duty under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act.

Registering with Good Corporate Citizenship tool required for all NHSScotland Boards
The Good Corporate Citizenship Assessment Model (GCCAM) aims to maximise the NHS’ positive impact while reducing any harmful effects from the running of its operations.
All NHSScotland Boards are now required to assess their good corporate citizenship and have a Board level Sustainable Development Champion.

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