As with much of the developed world, Scotland uses three times more natural resources than can be regenerated in a whole year. Like many other organisations, we need to use these resources more efficiently to contribute to a truly responsible and sustainable society.
Our ambition is to be a leader in delivering a sustainable Scotland, becoming more resource efficient, low carbon, and socially sustainable in everything we do.
To do this, we aim to reduce the energy we use and embrace ‘circular economy’ thinking to remove waste from our ways of working. We will continue to install renewable power and heat recovery at our assets and host renewable generation on our properties and land holdings. We will demonstrate how we can transform our waste water treatment assets to produce energy and allow us to recover resources.
We will also transition our vehicle fleet and properties to become zero emission. We will continue to integrate carbon into our investment decision-making, aiming to reduce the embodied carbon associated with our investment delivery. We will work with our supply chain to reduce carbon in construction.
We want our services to make a positive contribution to the natural and social capital of Scotland. To achieve this, we will work with partners to advance best practice in the use of natural capital concepts in decision-making. For example, we will work with partners to manage surface water through the use of blue-green infrastructure. This delivers not only more capacity in our sewers, but also local amenity and biodiversity benefits.
Social sustainability is about identifying and managing our impact, both positive and negative, on people. We play a vital role in communities across Scotland and we aim to strengthen the relationship we have with both local communities and communities of interest. For example, we will work with communities to support development in renewables, look at innovations to minimise the impact of road works, and involve communities in our decision-making, particularly within our capital programme.
We will continue to develop the skills and talents of our people, so that we remain an employer of choice in Scotland. We will develop our volunteering programme and continue to use partnership opportunities, like our existing Learn to Swim partnership with Scottish Swimming.