Scot-Govt. ponders new ‘green’ annual report obligation for public sector bodies

 

Aileen McLeod, MSP.
Aileen McLeod, MSP.

Up to 150 public bodies may be required to produce a ‘green’ annual report by the Scottish government.

The requirement to report could apply apply to the government itself, local authorities, education institutions, NHS Boards and ‘selected’ quangos.

The reporting requirement would only apply to bodies which have large estates and large number of staff, high impact and influence, large expenditure or which provide an audit or regulatory function.

Over the next 14 weeks stakeholders will be able to offer their views on both the principle of the proposals and how they might operate in practice, including the: –

  • Introduction of a requirement for public sector bodies to report climate change information
  • Introduction of a standard reporting form to improve data quality and consistency
  • Impact of the changes in reporting climate change performance and progress, and
  •  How the reports should be annually validated, analysed and monitored in the future

Scottish enrivonment Minister Aileen McLeod said:  “The introduction of required reporting is one area where we have the power to do more to tackle climate change. This is why we are seeking views on standardising reporting for public sector bodies to enable consistent standards, continuous improvement and transparency within the public sector.

“Climate change affects every single person on this planet, I would encourage all those with an interest in the proposals to respond by 29 May.”

The consultation document:

 https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/energy-and-climate-change-directorate/compliance-with-climate-change-duties

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