Climate change and our society's response to climate change is affecting organisations, businesses and individuals across Scotland and in all sectors. This is partly because the climate in Scotland is already changing, but also a result of Scottish Government policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while boosting the economy.
Our members have a wide range of research expertise in different sectors, which we draw on to provide insights that support effective Government policy development and implementation. Where we do not have relevant in-house expertise, we draw on wider research expertise within the UK.
agriculture Agriculture is a key business in Scotland, covering 80% of the landmass.
built environment The way we construct and use our built environment generates substantial greenhouse gas emissions.
economy Scotland has a wealth of natural resources and is well placed to become a leading low carbon economy with strong local communities.
energy Energy is critical in our everyday lives and to keep public services, industry and businesses running.
forestry Forests are an important carbon sink, through the tree crop, vegetation and soil.
health Staying healthy and having access to healthcare is important for our wellbeing.
natural environment Scotland’s rich flora and fauna are an important part of people’s everyday life.
water Climate change has a significant impact on the water environment.