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Key SSN reporting guidance, training resources and templates


All public bodies listed in Schedule 1 of the ‘Climate Change (Duties of Public Bodies; Reporting Requirements) (Scotland) Order 2015’ as amended by the Climate Change (Duties of Public Bodies: Reporting Requirements) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2020, are required to report annually on compliance with climate change duties established under S44 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 and in accordance with Schedule 2 of the 2015 Order. Mandatory reporting began in 2015/16.All annual compliance reports must include:

Training Resources

Training resources including videos and worked examples on completing each part of the template:


Reporting Guidance: Full SSN 201-22 Reporting Guidance is now available here.

Public Sector Leadership on the Global Climate Emergency: Provides advice for public bodies on: leadership; robust, consistent and comprehensive carbon management; interpretations of the strengthened legislation; and resources available to support public bodies.

For reporting 2021-22 (to be updated for 2022/23)

Master Template: All information and data must be entered using the master template (link to download). If your organisations runs a pre-2010 version of Microsoft Excel please use this version of the template to avoid known issues with macros (link to download)

Illustrative Net Zero Statement: Some public bodies have already set net zero targets or are aligned to sectoral targets, for example, NHS Scotland's and Colleges Scotland's net zero by 2040. Many more are currently developing targets. The Scottish Government recognises, however, that smaller public bodies may lack sufficient technical expertise/capacity to set appropriate targets. An illustrative Net Zero Statement has been developed for such bodies to adopt. The statement is an illustration only and bodies should amend and adapt it to suit their own circumstances. Where possible, bodies should set target dates in advance of those indicated in the illustration. The statement can be added to in future years, for example as bodies set specific targets around Scope 3 emissions. 


Reports for 2022/23 must be submitted no later than 30th November 2023 to or risk being classed as non-compliant.

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Please direct all reporting queries to . Please attach the template if your query concerns a data entry issue/error or if you require extra rows to be added.

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