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The SSN is the national network for public sector sustainability and climate change professionals. It exists to support these professionals and their public sector organisations, so that the public sector is better able to deliver on sustainable development and climate change.

SSN is funded through a Scottish Government contract that provides for a secretariat and an associated work programme. The secretariat is based at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) and is a partnership between ECCI and the charity Sniffer (also based at ECCI).

SSN’s work programme focuses on three parts of a virtuous cycle:

  • Raising awareness and understanding of climate change and sustainability across the Public Sector.
  • Building capacity to scale up and improve public sector action on climate change at officer, leadership and project levels.
  • Ensuring climate change reporting is effective and efficient and supports decision making across the Public Sector.


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.

Members are encouraged to play an active role in wider initiatives, such as Climate Week, which raises awareness and celebrates the actions taken by public bodies to address climate change and adaptation. 

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 storyabout Scotland’s delivery of sustainability and climate action.

To inquire about individual membership or to update your member details please get in touch with us! Email us at:

Member benefits

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.

Not an SSN member yet? Join us! Drop us an email and request membership today.

Major Players

SSN provides support to the public bodies recognised as major players on climate change. In 2018 there were 180 major players, and SSN has individual members in all of these public bodies. SSN supports PBCCD (Public Bodies Climate Change Duties) reporting with up-to-date guidance, email and phone support and training for lead reporting members. You can find out more about reporting and support on the Resources section of our website.

The Climate Change Act places duties on public bodies with respect to climate change. 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.

Major players listed in the Order are expected to submit their reports to the Scottish Government for the period 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016 by 30 November 2016 and each year thereafter. The sectors covered in the Major Players list include NHS Scotland, Scottish Universities and Colleges, Scottish Local Authorities and Integrated Joint Boards, Transport Partnerships and Others. Organisational reporting on Climate Change duties is managed by the SSN and reports are available online for each year since 2014/15. See the Reports section of our website for individual reports and analysis.

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!