Environment Strategy Overview

Last updated: 16 December 2021

The Environment Strategy for Scotland creates an overarching framework for Scotland’s strategies and plans for the environment and climate change. Its 2045 vision and supporting outcomes describe our guiding ambitions for restoring Scotland’s natural environment and playing our full role in tackling the global climate and nature crises. In turn, this will help to build a stronger, more resilient economy and improve the health and wellbeing of Scotland’s people. It will help to ensure we live within the planet’s sustainable limits as responsible global citizens.

The vision and outcomes were published in 2020 and are summarised below. Next, we will develop pathways for achieving the outcomes. These will identify strategic priorities and opportunities, working across government, to ensure our efforts are focused in the areas that will have greatest impact.


Environment Strategy Vision

One Earth. One home. One shared future.

By 2045: By restoring nature and ending Scotland’s contribution to climate change, our country is transformed for the better - helping to secure the wellbeing of our people and planet for generations to come.

Scotland’s natural environment is central to our identity as a nation. It is fundamental to our health, our quality of life and our economy.

We want Scotland’s nature to be resilient and abundant. We want to use its full potential to improve the wellbeing of people in Scotland – by ensuring that everyone can enjoy the life-supporting benefits it provides.

We share one planet and are sustained by the health of its natural systems. In Scotland, we will play our full part in responding to the global climate and nature crises – meeting our responsibilities to people across the planet and to future generations. We will be innovators and work collaboratively with others to develop solutions to global problems.

Through our work, our country will be transformed for the better. Our natural environment will be restored and resilient to whatever the future may bring. Our net zero, circular economy will be inclusive and sustainable, providing opportunities for all to prosper. We will have reduced the global impact of our consumption. And we will have supported the creation of an economy that thrives while securing wellbeing for our people and our planet.


Environment Strategy Outcomes

To achieve the 2045 vision, the Scottish Government and our partners will focus our collective efforts on delivering six shared outcomes:


Contribution to National Outcomes and UN Sustainable Development Goals

As shown in the graphic below, working towards the Environment Strategy vision and outcomes will help to achieve a wide range of National Outcomes in Scotland’s National Performance Framework (NPF) and our contribution to many of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Further information on the contribution of the Environment Strategy vision and outcomes to the NPF and SDGs can be found here.

Graphic of the Environment Strategy Wheel, showing how the Strategy Outcomes relate to the National Outcomes in Scotland’s National Performance Framework and contributes to many of the UN Sustainable Development Goals Graphic listing the National Outcomes in the National Performance Framework