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Net Zero Scotland

Net Zero Heroes

Get involved at Scotland's Climate Ambition Zone

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Working our way towards a Net Zero Scotland

Climate change is one of the greatest threats the world's population faces. We need to act now in both our personal and professional lives to ensure we are all working towards global net zero targets. 

As well as the benefits to our planet, starting a journey towards net zero can have a direct, positive impact on your business and community. Simple steps like improving energy efficiency, streamlining processes, and reducing waste can also improve your bottom line. You may open the door to new customers, investment, and to fresh talented employees who want to be involved with green enterprises.

Find the support you need to take steps to positive change in our Net Zero Action. See our Net Zero Heroes for inspiration and to identify new opportunities. We're on this journey together and we'll share our own, our businesses' and our communities' experiences along the way. 

What does net zero mean?

Find out more about Scotland's targets

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Getting Involved

One of the first things you can do is make a commitment to reach net zero. By registering you'll be able to access a wide range of information to help you. Pledge your support here:

UK - SME Climate Hub 

United Nations Global Compact - Business Ambition for 1.5°C (larger enterprises)

Plan your Journey

Having made that commitment, you might want to plan how you can begin to reduce your emissions. The Edinburgh Science net zero toolkit is a great place to start.

Net Zero Toolkit


HIE products and services

We're building net zero measures and incentives into our products and services, growing green jobs and accelerating changes which will benefit our economy, society and environment. 

Scotland's Climate Ambition Zone: online events programme

A programme of events running alongside the main COP26 programme in Glasgow focusing on Scotland's green projects, companies and communities.

You can sign up to join the sessions online on how to make changes for a net zero future; and find out about opportunities in renewables, green skills, climate tech and more.

Scotland's climate ambition zone: online events programme

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Lewis Maclean in front of Maclean's Highland Bakery
Customers are increasingly looking for suppliers and producers supporting the circular economy. We’ve introduced card rather than plastic for our crackers. We’ve invested in solar panels and an electric van. We only have one planet, let's look after it.
Lewis Maclean, MD, Maclean's Highland Bakery

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Net zero heroes

We're all on the net zero journey together, and every step makes a difference. Net zero heroes come in many forms. Everyone counts - whether you're innovating the energy sector, improving food security, or making changes to protect our environment. 

Be inspired by our Net Zero Heroes

Latest News

Latest news around climate change and low carbon

Everyone has a role in Climate Change

If you want to know more about why we need to take action now, see the science, targets and latest global news on the United Nations website.

United Nations Climate Action

Climate Solutions

Project Drawdown is a not for profit organisation aiming to reach drawdown, this is the point where greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline. Their website is rich in resources for people seeking solutions.

Project Drawdown website
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Net Zero facts and figures


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Region's emissions down between 2005 and 2018

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Green Jobs

Skills Development Scotland has created a new advice service for anyone interested in job opportunities which can help make change. Find out more about the industries and opportunities on their website.

Green Jobs Workforce Academy

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The eyes of the world will be on Glasgow in November this year as the chosen venue for the United Nation's 26th Climate Change Conference.

The conference aims to unite the world in the fight against climate change. Taking place from 01-12 November 2021, the summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

You can find out more about the conference and the opportunities it brings on the COP26 website and follow #COP26 on social. 

COP26 - Together for Our Planet

Net Zero Nation

Find out what's happening in Scotland to create a cleaner, healthier, happier and more successful nation. Support the national Let's Do Net Zero campaign.

Net Zero Nation website

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Zoe Laird, HIE's Regional Head of Communities Infrastructure
Net zero is a formidable target for Scotland but achievable. Consequences of not meeting it are severe. Quite simply, we can expect an increase in extreme weather events like flooding & landslides and a change to the climate that may create food shortages
Zoe Laird, Regional Head of Communities Infrastructure , HIE


Scotland’s world-leading climate change legislation

Scotland’s world-leading climate change legislation sets a target date for net-zero emissions of all greenhouse gases by 2045. 

The Scottish Government published it's Climate Change 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.  

HIE and partners are working closely with the Scottish Government to reduce emissions and jointly work towards achieving net zero by 2045. 

The Scottish Government's Climate Change Plan 


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