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The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) has set out a series of actions for achieving net zero greenhouse emissions by 2045 or earlier. 

Published today, SFC’s Net Zero and Sustainability Framework will support Scotland’s colleges and universities in leading the way to a just transition to net zero. Focussed on system change and long-term climate resilience, the framework recognises the vital role of tertiary education and research in the green skills revolution and in creating new market opportunities.

In setting out its plans, SFC emphasises  the need to build a  green economy in a way that leaves no one and no place behind. It also highlights the importance of collaborating to create the greatest impact for public investment and strong leadership in developing future opportunities.

Speaking during a visit to the University of St Andrews’ Eden Campus, a hub for green innovation, SFC Chair, Mike Cantlay said: 

“The new Framework  supports our own progress and the progress of Scotland’s colleges and universities towards net zero. It also confirms our support for cutting edge climate research and innovation and the development of workplace skills for a new green economy. 

“The publication of this Framework underlines our determination to meet the challenges of the Paris agreement, the challenges yet to come, and to safeguard the future of the planet.”

SFC’s Net Zero and Sustainability Framework is available from today.