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.Scotland related resources
Algeco, Robertson, Balfour Beatty, Kier, Skanska, BAM, Marshalls, McLaughlin & Harvey, Morgan Sindall, Multiplex, SGN, SP Energy Networks, SSE, VGC, Scottish Water, Speedy Services, Certas Energy, Taziker, Keepmoat and Reconomy are collaborating with other leading contractors, suppliers and industry stakeholders, such as BE-ST 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
View our Events page for opportunities to upskill through our free training opportunities from workshops to webinars. Type ‘Scotland’ in the resources bar on this page for a live update of all the Scotland Workshops and Webinars we have planned as they are announced.
Forthcoming Scotland Webinars/Virtual Conferences:
Monday 15 January 2024 12:00-13:00 The Living Wage in Scotland: Motivations and benefits for the built environment sector Lunch N Learn Register Now
Wednesday 15 May 2024 10:00 – 12:00 Accelerating Retrofit in Scotland: Opportunities in Non Domestic Buildings Virtual Conference Register Now
View / Download Scotland Workshop and Webinar Resources:
All our webinars and virtual conferences are recorded so that you can watch them after the session and slides are available. For Workshops we share slides.
28 September 11:00-12:00 Biodiversity Enhancements in the Built Environment Sector in Scotland with NatureScot – Lunch ‘N’ Learn Slides (Recording will follow shortly)
18 September 2023 1.30-3pm An Introduction to Biodiversity 2023 Slides
21 June 2023 1pm-2pm Net Zero, Carbon Reduction and Science Based Targets: Embodied Carbon and Footprintprinting and Recording Webinar Slides
28 June 2023 Designing Out Waste with Zero Waste Scotland Workshop Slides
24 May 2023 Introduction to the Supply Chain Sustainability School & the Scotland Leadership Group and Developing a Sustainability Strategy in Scotland Webinar Slides
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.
- Publishing a circular economy strategy
- Developing circular economy targets
- Reducing waste
- Increasing penalties for littering from vehicles
- Making sure individual householders and businesses get rid of waste in the right way
- Improving waste monitoring
- 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.
14th September 2023 | 15 June 2023 | 1st March 2023
7 December 2022 | 1 September 2022 | 26 May 2022 | 22 February 2022
25 November 2021 | 26 August 2021 | 20 May 2021 | 25 February 2021
26 November 2020 | 27 August 2020 | 28 May 2020 | 27 February 2020
17 September 2019 | 27 June 2019 | 26 April 2019 | 14 February 2019
6 December 2018 | 20 September 2018 | 14 June 2018 | 12 March 2018
- 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