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Supporting Scotland's vibrant voluntary sector

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

Climate crisis

Join SCVO on the journey to net zero

SCVO recognises that climate change is the next big threat to our health and wellbeing. The Scottish Government has committed to turning Scotland into a carbon-neutral country by 2045 and reducing emissions by 75% (compared to 1990) by 2030. This will mean big changes to the way we live our lives, run our homes and businesses.  

Scotland’s voluntary sector has a huge part to play in this. As businesses, we need to reduce our own carbon footprints. As community leaders, we can support people through the changes, ensuring Scotland’s transition to net zero is a just one. 

SCVO is offering Climate Emergency Training in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful. This free course will help you develop a envrionmental action plan for your charity.

SCVO is supporting Scotland’s voluntary sector through the transition to net zero 

SCVO recognises that tackling climate change is hard and feels overwhelming. Our communities are facing so many immediate challenges, it’s easy to put climate change at the bottom of your to-do list.  

We know from research carried out in early 2021 that many non-environmental voluntary organisations want to do more but don’t know where to begin. That’s why we want to support you with a range of information and activities that help make taking action easier.  

Read our how to start your organisation’s journey to net zero guide or watch this video clip featuring Teresa Bray, chief executive of Changeworks.

All the latest research on the impact and implications of climate change for charities and social enterprises is available within SCVO's evidence library.

Inspiring voluntary sector organisations

Scotland’s voluntary sector is already playing a hugely important part in ensuring a just transition to net zero. Organisations that weren’t set up to be green groups are making progress to become net zero organisations, are supporting their communities to make changes, and are advocating for the Scots who are at greatest risk of harm from this agenda. Read some of our case studies for some inspiration and practical information. 

If your organisation is making a difference, and would like to share that more widely please get in touch