The Sustainable Scotland Network (SSN) is Scotland’s public sector network on sustainability and climate change.
We support over 600 members across public bodies in Scotland on their journey to net zero. The network supports the public sector to drive action on climate change, scaling up impact through leadership, policy, and research.
Scotland's climate change legislation sets duties on public bodies to take action on climate change and towards sustainability, setting a target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. Scotland needs its public sector bodies to work together on these challenges with clear leadership, consistent policies, and improved knowledge, skills, and resources.
We aim to support public sector action in three inter-linked thematic programmes:
- Collaborating to develop Net Zero Places
- Leveraging influence towards Net Zero Indirect Emissions
- Networking to achieve Net Zero Public Sector Organisations
Our programmes provide advice and access to:
SSN membership consists of individual and organisational members. Organisational members are the 180 Public Bodies identified in the Climate Change Act (Scotland). Individual membership is open to all public sector professionals with a focus on delivering positive action on climate change and sustainability.
The Network offers a programme of support, capacity building, communications and events focused on key themes and offering peer-to-peer support and wider networking opportunities. Our member updates, newsletter and website provide a platform for communications and resources from and to the wider sustainability and low carbon community.
We encourage members to:
- Share experiences and information on sustainability issues and practice
- Develop and apply common tools and models to achieve scale
- Work together on common projects in order to accelerate action
- Communicate a shared story about Scotland’s delivery of sustainability and climate action
Individual members benefit from access to the wider network, tailored communications and updates as well as invitations to events. We also offer support and training on key themes and areas.
- Access to the Knowledge Hub and SSN Group
- Invitations to member and network events and opportunities
- Opportunities to join the SSN Steering Group and be an SSN ambassador
- News and updates – sign up for our Newsletter here!
Not an SSN member yet? Join us! Drop us an email and request membership today.
SSN provides support to the public bodies recognised as major players on climate change. As of 2020 there are 180 major players, and SSN has individual members in all of these public bodies.
The Climate Change Act places climate change duties on public bodies. The Act requires public bodies to: contribute to carbon emissions reduction targets; contribute to climate change adaptation; and to act sustainably. Following public consultation and parliamentary scrutiny, a Statutory Order came into force on 23 November 2015, requiring public bodies to report annually on their compliance with climate change duties. The Order sets out the reporting requirement, lists the public sector major players involved and the standard climate change reporting form. Information on mandatory climate change reporting for 2020 onwards can be found on the Scottish Government website.
The Knowledge Hub
SSN members are invited to join and participate in our members-only group on the Knowledge Hub. The KHub is an online platform for the public sector. The SSN Group is a private space for SSN members to share knowledge and learning and to ask questions and engage with peers.
To join the SSN Group you must be an SSN member and you need to register for a KHub account. If you are already a member and on the Knowledge Hub simply request to join the SSN Group from your account and start using!