SOSE is now aiming for a coveted Silver Award, which is currently held by less than 30 organisations across the UK.
The Bronze award recognises SOSE’s ongoing efforts to promote the benefits of a Just Transition to Net Zero for the region’s businesses, social enterprises and communities.
This has included all Board members, and the majority of its staff, undertaking Carbon Literacy training, making them more aware of climate change and recognising the steps that they can take to reduce their carbon footprint at home and at work. All staff will have completed the training by April this year.
Jane Morrison-Ross, Chief Executive of SOSE, said:
“SOSE is committed to driving a Just Transition to Net Zero across the South of Scotland.
“An essential step on that journey is building our knowledge and capacity to tackle the climate and nature crisis, which is why SOSE being named a Carbon Literate Organisation is so important to us.
“Training will help us identify solutions and opportunities for our businesses, social enterprises and communities, including the renewable energy and natural capital advantages we have in the South which we believe can attract significant inward investment.
“This in turn will improve our service and will help us amplify the voice of the South of Scotland as a Net Zero leader in Scotland, and across the UK.”
Dave Coleman, Managing Director and Co-Founder, The Carbon Literacy Project, said:
“This award puts SOSE in an even better position to support local businesses and communities in the South of Scotland, and help them to thrive, in the newly arriving Net Zero economy.”