Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Consultation responses

We work to gather views from across our academic and professional communities in order to respond to consultation requests on social responsibility and sustainability issues.

28 May 2015
Scottish Government: Climate Change (Duties of Public Bodies: Reporting Requirements) (Scotland) Order 2015 

The Scottish Government proposes to make an order under section 46 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 requiring specified public bodies to prepare annual reports on compliance with climate change duties. The order will set out the form of these reports and the information to be included. The aim is improve the quality and consistency of climate change information reported across the four main areas of the public sector in Scotland.


4 March 2015
 The University of Edinburgh: Consultation on the University’s Emerging Vision for Learning and Teaching 

This paper invited staff and students to engage with a consultation regarding the University’s emerging vision for learning and teaching. 


8 October 2014
Scottish Government: Good Food Nation

In June 2014 the Scottish Government published its new food and drink policy, ‘Becoming a Good Food Nation’, a discussion document that seeks views on how to improve Scotland’s relationship with food. This follows on from the first Scottish national food and drink policy, Recipe for Success, launched in 2009.


25 August 2014
City of Edinburgh Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) Consultation

Edinburgh's Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) sets out an approach to reduce carbon emissions through better use and generation of energy.

The vision is that Edinburgh will transform its energy use by reducing demand, more efficient transmission and use, and encouraging local generation. These benefits will help alleviate fuel poverty and help create local jobs and more sustainable communities.

The SEAP’s overall target is to reduce carbon emissions by 42% by 2020, from 2005 levels.


7 July 2014
Fairtrade International: Public consultation on proposed establishment of Fairtrade carbon credits

In 2014 Fairtrade International opened a public consultation period to gather input on the Fairtrade Carbon Credit Standard. This new standard is being developed to ensure that the producers most affected by climate change benefit fairly from the international carbon market.