Climate change

The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 has set greenhouse gas reduction targets for Scotland of 80% by the year 2050 with an interim target of a 42% reduction by 2020. You can view the act in the related links section of this page.
Part 4 of the act places a number of public sector duties on the Council to:

  • Reduce green house gas emissions
  • Put in place measures to adapt to a changing climate
  • Work in a sustainable way


The Council is developing an approach to climate change which will encompass:

  • Powering Aberdeen; the Sustainable Energy Action Plan to reduce emissions and meet the requirements of the Covenant of Mayors
  • Adaptation Plan, Aberdeen with support from Adaptation Scotland is working to build resilience to the climate challenges and opportunities for the area. The Council is also a participant in the Adaptation Learning Exchange
  • Weather Impacts Report produced in 2014, examining the impact of weather on Council services over a 5 year period. 
  • Raising Awareness through initiatives such as  and  Climate Week. View the Earth Hour and Climate Week which won a Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice.

Reducing our emissions

In May 2011 the Council approved an Alternative Energy Strategy for Council Owned Public Buildings. The aim of this strategy is to ensure the Council will continue to undertake energy efficiency measures and install low/ zero carbon technologies in and on Council owned assets, to reduce overall energy consumption and carbon emissions

Our Climate Change Commitments

Climate Change Reporting

The Climate Change (Duties of Public Bodies: Reporting Requirements) (Scotland) Order 2015 places a requirement on all "major player" public bodies in Scotland to complete an annual Climate Change Report. This is to indicate progress with meeting Public Bodies Duties under Part 4 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 and first reports are due in November 2016.

The new reporting responsibility consolidates public sector voluntary climate change reporting and for local authorities, this replaces previous reporting on progress under the Scottish Climate Change Declaration.

The Council participated in an interim year of Climate Change Reporting, for the year 2014/15, to trial the reporting. In November 2016 the Council submitted a report to the Sustainable Scotland Network, for the year 2015/16, to meet statutory reporting requirements.


North East Scotland Climate Change Partnership 

In 2008 the Council became one of a range of public and private sector organisations to form the North East Scotland Climate Change Partnership (NESCCP). The group meets regularly - working to reduce the impact of climate change and propose options for how we adapt to the changes climate change can bring.

Covenant of Mayors

The Lord Provost signed the Covenant of Mayors on 30 March 2009. This European Commission initiative brings together the mayors of Europe's most pioneering cities in a permanent network to exchange and apply good practices across these cities and beyond to improve energy efficiency significantly in the urban environment.

Member States are obliged to curb their CO2 emissions by at least 20% by 2020. Signatories of the Covenant of Mayors commit to go beyond this target through the implementation of a Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP).  

World Energy Cities Partnership: Calgary Climate Change Accord

In October 2009, the Lord Provost signed the World Energy Cities Climate Change Accord. The document was also signed by mayors of Energy Cities - Calgary, Stavanger and Houston.

The World Energy Cities Partnership (WECP) is a network of cities that host world-class energy operations and businesses. Their natural primary market sectors are energy and environment-related technology. The WECP acts as a forum for energy cities to share experiences, contacts and provide support for each other in tackling common industry and city issues.


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