Scotland's Climate Assembly met for 8 weekends between November 2020 and February 2022. Now, after Assembly Members considered the Scottish Government's response to their recommendations, the formal work of the Assembly has come to an end.
This website now serves as an archive of the Assembly's important work.
You can use the menu at the top to find content explaining how the Assembly was set up, how it was run and what outcomes and impact its work produced.
Scroll on to find out more about some of the Assembly's milestones, like publishing its full report, receiving the Scottish Government's response, and agreeing its Statement of Response at the final meeting. If you would like to find out more about the important work that took place before Assembly Members met for the first time, click here.
Co-convener Ruth Harvey made the following statement reflecting on the Assembly's legacy at the end of its final meeting.
Our mini-Scotland's full report: Recommendations for Action, laid in the Scottish Parliament on 23 June 2021, sets out 81 recommendations agreed by consensus, and calls for bold and urgent action now.
This report includes the Children's Parliament's Calls to Action. Click here to find out more about the collaboration with Children's Parliament.
The Scottish Government's response to the Assembly's report was published on 16 December 2021 and addresses all 81 recommendations made by Assembly members and the Calls to Action made by the Children's Parliament.
After hearing evidence, raising questions directly with Patrick Harvie MSP, Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenants' Rights, and Richard Lochhead MSP, Minister for Just Transition, Employment and Fair Work, and much deliberation, they agreed a collective Statement of Response.
Importantly, the Statement of Response calls on the Government to "create a Score Card for Scotland with 10 Key Performance Indicators (decided by independent experts) with clear numerical and measurable targets based on areas of greatest impact on climate change".
"Finally, to enable the important work of Scotland's Climate Assembly and Children's Parliament to continue, we collectively agree it is essential to have an ongoing and sustained dialogue between the Government and the Assembly and the children."
Scotland's Civic Charter on Climate is a public statement from respected individuals and organisations across Scottish society and highlights the broad and deep support across Scotland for the Assembly’s vision and recommendations for action. It is addressed to the Scottish Government, Scottish Parliament, and to Scottish society more broadly. You can find out more about the Charter here.
The Charter has over 100 signatories, including national Makar Kathleen Jamie, world-renowned crime writer Val McDermid, Edinburgh City Council, University of Aberdeen, Oxfam Scotland, Royal Society for the Arts Scotland, WWF Scotland, John Muir Trust, National Express, Rock Rose Gin, and Iona Community.
Ministerial Statement to Parliament on Scotland's Climate Assembly
Scottish Government Ministers will update the Scottish Parliament in March 2022 on the progress of Scotland’s Climate Assembly in what will be a key marker of the Government’s appetite to answer challenges Members raised at the Assembly’s final session.
At the Assembly’s eight and final weekend in early February, Members published a Statement of Response calling for robust new accountability measures to assess Scotland’s progress towards tackling the climate emergency.
Final Weekend of Scotland’s Climate Assembly to Steer Country’s Climate Policy Future
Scotland’s Climate Assembly members are getting ready to come back together for an eighth and final weekend, ten months after they last met to determine how Scotland should change to tackle the climate emergency in an effective and fair way.