A Just Transition to Net Zero

In the year when Scotland hosts the international COP26 conference in Glasgow in November, we are determined to use this as a catalyst to create a legacy of positive action in the South of Scotland.

Underpinning all we do will be a focus on enabling a Just Transition to Net Zero, achieved by reducing the amount of greenhouse gases and enhancing our natural assets to store existing carbon, as Scotland moves to significantly reduce its emissions by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2045.

Indeed, given the South of Scotland’s natural capital assets, our region is able to make a climate positive contribution towards Scotland’s overall target.

This transition will present many opportunities and benefits for your business, social enterprise, community or initiative/project – we are here to help support you wherever you are on your journey, as we look to embed the principle of a just transition to net zero in all that we do.

The Ethical Dairy's journey to NetZero


COP26 will take place in Glasgow this November. 

The conference aims to unite the world in the fight against climate change. Taking place from 01-12 November 2021, the summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

You can find out more about the conference and the opportunities it brings on the COP26 website and follow #COP26 on social.

We have pulled together a handy guide for anyone wishing to understand COP26 and get involved in the wide variety of interesting and exciting virtual events on offer.  

Scotland's Climate Ambition Zone virtual events

Join us and our partners for a series of virtual events being held during the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 from 1 to 11 November 2021.

The full programme of virtual events reflects the topics being discussed at COP26. The events cover a range of key issues including green skills, decarbonising heat, the circular economy and the critical role businesses have to play in a net zero future.

View the events programme and sign up now to attend. Find out more about the Net Zero opportunities and discover how your business can be part of Scotland’s journey towards a green and sustainable future.


Find out what's happening in Scotland to create a cleaner, healthier, happier and more successful nation. Support the national Let's Do Net Zero campaign and access a wide variety of resources. 



Race To Zero is a global campaign to rally leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions, investors for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth.

The objective is to build momentum around the shift to a decarbonized economy ahead of COP26, where governments must strengthen their contributions to the Paris Agreement. This will send governments a resounding signal that business, cities, regions and investors are united in meeting the Paris goals and creating a more inclusive and resilient economy.

Find out more: Race to Zero

Success Stories

Lean Bean - Paving the way for sustainable start-up success

Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere (GSAB)

Carsphairn Community Woodland receives SOSE support to create sustainable benefits

Supporting the Just Transition to Net Zero and Circular Economies - The Ethical Dairy

Useful Explanations