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About the Scottish Parliament


The Scottish Parliament is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and using fewer resources.

Read our environmental policy

Find out about our Sustainable Development Scrutiny

Sustainable development route maps: Session 6

The Scottish Parliament is committed to enhancing sustainable development within the organisation and across a range of key areas on an ongoing basis. 

Learn more about our sustainable development journey

Sustainable travel plan

The Scottish Parliament sustainable travel plan:

  • shows how we can reduce our carbon footprint from our travel activities
  • outlines active travel options
  • includes ways to make car journeys more sustainable
  • complements sustainable working practices

Annual sustainable development report

The Parliament’s sustainability performance from 2022 to 2023 is set out in this report. 


How the Parliament’s local ecosystem is supported and protected is set out in the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) biodiversity statement.

Biodiversity is the range of living things and systems on Earth. It includes:

  • animal and plant species
  • genes
  • ecosystems
  • landscapes

The more plant, insect and animal species there are in one area, the greater the biodiversity and the healthier the ecosystem.

BSL: watch Biodiversity Statement 2021

Reducing our carbon footprint

We plan to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions by 66% in 2026. We will achieve this by reducing our gas and electricity usage and cutting down on business travel. These emissions will also decrease through grid decarbonisation as the UK power grid moves to more sustainable energy sources.

Our targets are set out in the latest Carbon Management Plan.

Energy performance certificate

The Parliament updated its energy performance certificate on 16 August 2019. The Parliament’s EPC rating is C.

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) measures a building's carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon dioxide emissions are rated on a scale of A to G, with A being the least polluting.

Environmental management system

The Scottish Parliament has adopted an environmental policy. To ensure this is properly followed, it uses an internationally recognised environmental management system (EMS).

"ISO 14001:2015" sets the standards that organisations should follow to help them

  • reduce waste
  • improve resource efficiency
  • cut waste management costs

The Parliament building and the surrounding grounds received its ISO 14001:2015 certificate from the International Organisation for Standardisation in September 2017.


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