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Environmental sustainability and biodiversity

The Scottish Funding Council meets its reporting requirements by including an environmental sustainability report within its Annual Report and Accounts.

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Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations has set a series of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These are ‘global goals’ and targets that are part of an internationally agreed performance framework. All countries are aiming to achieve these goals by 2030. Universities are undertaking research towards the SDGs with developing country partners, under the Global Challenges Research Fund.

Scotland's Climate Change Plan Update 2018-2032

The Scottish Government published its Climate Change Act Plan Update in December 2020 which reflects the increased ambition of the new targets set in the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019.

SFC’s Climate Change Duties Report

SFC reports on its climate change duties in line with published guidance, reporting on progress against The National Performance Framework (NPF) and the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Act Plan Update.

Global Climate Emergency - Call to Action on Supply Chain Emissions

SFC is working to support Scottish Government’s call to action on supply chain emissions.

SFC Biodiversity Duty Report

The Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004 (as amended by the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011) requires public bodies to report at least every three years on the actions which they have taken to meet their biodiversity duty - SFC Biodiversity Duty Report [PDF].

The Scottish Government’s Guidance for biodiversity duty reporting notes that bodies which do not own land and which do not have management of biodiversity as one of their main functions will probably encompass biodiversity activities within their wider environmental sustainability efforts.

Further Information

Whilst SFC’s response to the Climate Emergency involves all of our functions (and staff across our organisation are contributing to that response) the Research and Innovation and Capital and Climate Change teams are working particularly closely with colleges and universities on this shared challenge.