Priority 1: Delivering the transition to net zero

Scotland will achieve net-zero emissions by 2045. Find out how the historic environment will contribute to this target.

Our approach

Our Past, Our Future’s three priority areas for action have been identified through engagement and public consultation. Each priority has a set of three outcomes, making nine in total.

Explore the outcomes and the difference we want to make under Priority 1: Delivering the transition to net zero, below.

We will collectively work to deliver this priority throughout the five-year lifespan of the strategy. The more outcomes we achieve, the closer we will be to accomplishing our mission.

Outcome 1

Reduced emissions from the historic environment

This includes reducing carbon emissions from buildings, built assets, and from those visiting historic sites or properties.

Outcome 2

The historic environment is more climate resilient

This means that we have the right skills, materials, expertise, and data available.

Outcome 3

Improved pathways for historic environment skills

This means more people have the skills needed for the historic environment to transition to net zero.

Read more about the priorities

Find out how we are looking to sustain and enhance the benefits of Scotland’s historic environment, to empower communities and organisations, now and into the future.

Download Our, Past Our Future
Two copies of the Our Place Our Future strategy, one open and one closed

Case study: Grassroots Building

Building positive climate action from turf

At Comrie Croft, an eco-farm in Perthshire, a team of researchers, building professionals and community members have been assessing the sustainability of using turf as a building material today.

The project, funded by HES and a UK Economic and Social Research Council Impact Accelerator Grant, trialled building modern turf structures and investigated how prehistoric circular economies relying on turf regeneration could be translated into the present.

The project provided valuable insights beyond turf-building including reseeding strategies to maximise biodiversity and accounting of carbon balances including natural and social gains.

Designed and built by Daniel Postma of Archaeo Build, these structures and the wider project scope were developed from research by Tanja Romankiewicz of University of Edinburgh.