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Designing a lower carbon Scotland

10 August 2021

Keep Scotland Beautiful partners with Architecture and Design Scotland

Keep Scotland Beautiful partners with Architecture and Design Scotland to develop and deliver bespoke version of accredited Climate Emergency Training.

Designing a lower carbon Scotland – Climate Emergency Training

All 26 staff at Architecture and Design Scotland undertook Climate Emergency Training in July as the organisation became one of the first in Scotland’s design and construction sector to take the accredited training, developed with, and provided by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful.

Keep Scotland Beautiful is Scotland’s only certified Carbon Literacy Training Organisation and worked with Architecture and Design Scotland to create a bespoke Climate Emergency Training course relevant to the design and construction sector.

With figures showing the built environment is currently responsible for up to 40% of the UK’s climate change causing greenhouse gas emissions, it’s clear that the sector has an important part to play in combating climate change.

The training sessions explored the science and impacts of climate change on our infrastructure and highlighted practical steps to cut greenhouse gas emissions, with Architecture and Design Scotland staff reviewing their organisational footprint and discussing ways to use their influence to reduce emissions in the sector and help design a lower carbon Scotland.

The course culminated in a final assessment, requiring participants to select one individual action and one group action to reduce carbon emissions, demonstrating their learning and understanding of carbon emission sources and solutions. Each participant will be awarded with official Carbon Literate accreditation upon successful completion of the course.

Catherine Gee, Deputy Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful said:

“We were delighted that Architecture and Design Scotland chose to work with us and become one of the first in Scotland’s design and construction sector to develop and take our bespoke Climate Emergency Training that is fully accredited by The Carbon Literacy Project.

“The training is part of our portfolio of climate change support available to help businesses, communities, young people and interested individuals understand the climate emergency and respond to the risks, opportunities and responsibilities.”

Lynne Lineen, Director of Outreach, Architecture and Design Scotland, said:
“This bespoke course provided a supportive space for our staff to engage in positive conversations about how we can influence carbon reduction in Scotland – directly through our own organisational emission reduction commitments, and also indirectly through our work with a variety of partners including local authorities, communities, construction professionals, architects, builders, homeowners and students.”

With the prestigious United Nations COP26 climate conference taking place in Glasgow from 31 October – 11 November 2021 the eyes of the world will be on climate action in Scotland like never before. Now is the time to take action.

Find out how Climate Emergency Training from Keep Scotland Beautiful can help your organisation understand and combat climate change at


The City of Glasgow is getting ready to host the prestigious UN COP26 climate conference from 31 October – 11 November 2021. Further details at

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Glasgow Building Designs

Glasgow Architecture Designs – architectural selection below:

New Glasgow Architectural Photos
Glasgow Architectural Photos

Merchant City boutique hotel
Merchant City hotel Glasgow
image courtesy of architecture practice
Merchant City Property

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