The Scottish government said the country in 2008 had cut emissions by 21 percent of their 1990 levels. This is halfway to a 2020 goal to cut emissions by 42 percent, though Scottish Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said there are several hurdles remaining.
"Public bodies, including the Scottish government, must play their part in tackling climate change and our guidance offers a step-by-step approach which will help them to understand their duties and identify the actions they can take to deliver them," she said in a statement.
The Scottish government published a guidance that encourages public institutions to set their own emissions targets and continue to make climate change a priority in their agendas, she added.
"Climate change is one of the biggest challenges we face, with its significant knock-on consequences to the environment and economy already starting to show," the minister said.