A Just Transition to Net Zero

We are determined to use the international COP26 conference held in Glasgow in November 2021, 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.

This is 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.

We are now also a Carbon Literate Organisation. This will help us identify solutions and opportunities for our businesses, social enterprises and communities and amplify the voice of the South of Scotland as a Net Zero leader in Scotland, and across the UK.

The Ethical Dairy's journey to NetZero


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


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. 


CivTech 6 Challenge and Sprint in the South of Scotland

CivTech 6 Challenge: Carbon capture and storage

Sponsored by John Muir Trust, the Langholm Initiative community development trust, rural development charity Southern Uplands Partnership and SOSE this CivTech Challenge involves finding an innovative technological solution to tackling climate change through land use. The Challenge aims to discover how technology can help landowners better understand the potential for carbon storage on their land and so inform land-use decisions.

The winning team is Ginger which has created a platform which allows multiple activities – such as community engagement and crowdfunding – to take place simultaneously. Their proposal will now be piloted on the new 5,200-acre Tarras Valley Nature Reserve on Langholm Moor in Dumfries and Galloway.


CivTech 6 Sprint: Supporting the circular economy and Net Zero ambitions

SOSE is also co-sponsoring a CivTech Sprint with Zero Waste Scotland on - How can we use technology to support the circular economy and NetZero ambitions.

Further information is available at https://www.civtechalliance.org/civtech-6-sprint-circular-economy.

Video Case Studies

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

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