Working to build a sustainable Scotland
The Supply Chain Sustainability School in Scotland provides support to the construction industry to help build skills and knowledge in sustainability.Learning Resources
Robertson, Balfour Beatty,Kier, Skanska, BAM, Morgan Sindall, SGN, SP Energy Networks, Elliott UK and Reconomy are collaborating with other leading contractors, suppliers and industry stakeholders, such as Construction Scotland Innovation Centre and Zero Waste Scotland, to tackle the environmental and social sustainability issues within the Scottish construction industry.
80% of major contractors’ turnover goes to their supply chain, mostly SMEs. The School is funded by major contractors to help develop sustainability skills across Scotland. Our key areas of focus reflect national priorities on sites across Scotland:
- Drive zero waste and carbon
- Tackle modern slavery
- Ensure responsible sourcing
- Create a culture of fairness, inclusion and respect
COVID-19: Support for Scottish Businesses
The below links and video content may be useful in regards to specific industry guidance, business advice and financial support available to the sector:
- Scottish Building Federation
- Scottish Government
- Scottish Government Essential Projects List – Scottish Government Non-Essential Services List
View the full list of UK wide guidance on our COVID-19 Response page.
How the School helps businesses in Scotland
Our Scottish Partners talk about why they joined the Supply Chain Sustainability School and the impact that the School has had on their business in Scotland.
What is different about sustainability in Scotland?
The School has developed specific resources to understand and address the sustainability priorities of the construction market in Scotland. There are some major differences in policy and legislation.
- send no more than 5% of remaining waste to landfill
- reduce total waste arising in Scotland by 15% against 2011 levels
- recycle 70% of remaining waste
- match the EU ambition for all plastic packaging to be economically recyclable or reusable by 2030
Scottish biodiversity policy is underpinned by the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy. NatureScot’s corporate aims support biodiversity action, climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies, and wider natural heritage protection and enhancement in Scotland. Our emphasis is on connecting people and nature, bringing progress to many Government priorities for a green recovery.
The Supporting Good Development team within NatureScot offer practical support for sustainable growth in Scotland by advising on the effects of plans, policies and development proposals on our natural heritage. We believe that engaging early on a proposal, before key decisions are made, delivers the best outcomes for people and nature. We have a statutory role in environmental assessment and we help others in their roles by sharing data, guidance and advice. Environmental assessment covers all statutory processes to identify, assess and mitigate impacts on the environment.
The 32 Scottish Local Authorities act as verifiers administering the building standards system, granting permissions (building warrants) and completion certificates.
The Scottish Government Building Standards Division monitor the local authorities. The main purpose of the standards is to ensure that buildings are safe, efficient and sustainable. They do not control the building process, but outline the essential standards that are to be met during building works or conversions.
- Registered: Has created an account but has not undertaken an assessment or viewed any resources or attended any School training
- Member: Used at least one resource in the past 12 months. This can be either: completing an assessment, coming to one of our events, or accessing an online resource
- Bronze: Has completed an assessment in the past 12 months and has viewed 5 resources in the past 6 months
- Silver: Has completed a re-assessment in the past 12 months and has viewed 5 resources in the past 6 months
- Gold: Has completed a re-assessment in the past 12 months (with an increased knowledge score), has viewed 10 resources in the past 6 months, and has either completed a case study or spoken at an event
What are the key sustainability topics in Scotland?
The School has worked with our Partners to select a range of training resources for each level of learning as a recommended starting point for learners who are new to the School or who wish to refresh their knowledge on these five major issues:
“The School is an excellent source of knowledge that will enable construction suppliers form across Scotland to better understand the sustainability needs of main contractors and help us to deliver the social and environmental requirements of our clients.”Martin Dick, Group Procurement, Supply Chain & Sustainability Director, Robertson Group