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This page tells you about the Scottish Police Authority’s sustainability duties.

Sustainability is everyone’s responsibility. The Authority has a range of environmental and sustainability related duties. It must comply with the:

  • Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009
  • Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004
  • Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011.

Our Annual Report and Accounts includes a report on sustainability, biodiversity and renewables (under the Environmental Matters section). See ‘Related Content’ below.

The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009

The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 creates a statutory framework for greenhouse gas emissions reductions in Scotland. This requires that public bodies must act:

  • in a way that contributes to the delivery of the targets set
  • in a way which helps deliver any programme laid before the Scottish Parliament
  • in the way that it considers is most sustainable.

A Climate Change Report is prepared annually by Police Scotland and the Authority. This can be accessed on the website Sustainable Scotland Network  The Climate Change Report covers:

  • the profile of the reporting body/bodies
  • governance and management of climate change
  • corporate emissions, targets and project data
  • adaptation, i.e. assessing and managing risk
  • how procurement policies contribute to compliance with climate change duties
  • validation processes.

Other laws on environment

Other duties related to the environment are set out in the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004 and the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011.

Police Scotland report on these duties on behalf of the Authority and publish a Biodiversity Report every three years. See ‘Related Content’ below.



Related Content

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SPA Annual Report and Accounts 2021-22

Published: 17 November 2022

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Biodiversity Report 2020

Published: 10 February 2023