Climate change

The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 places duties on the public sector to:

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

Information on Scotland’s emission reduction targets is available here

What are we doing to tackle climate change?


The Council Energy and Climate Routemap was approved in May 2020. Work is currently progressing on a detailed plan to reduce emissions and adapt to climate change, covering Council assets and operations.


  • Powering Aberdeen; the Sustainable Energy Action Plan was produced in 2016 to reduce emissions and meet the requirements of the Covenant of Mayors.
  • Since then work has taken place to produce a Net Zero Vision for Aberdeen and supporting Strategic Infrastructure Plan (Energy Transition).
  • Aberdeen Adapts: a Climate Adaptation Framework  was developed collaboratively with input from 41 organisations; and with support from Adaptation Scotland and the University of Aberdeen to build resilience to  climate change. 
  • Weather Impacts Report produced in 2014, examining the impact of weather on Council services over a 5 year period.  This process was recently repeated for the period 2014-2019.

Climate change reporting

The Climate Change (Duties of Public Bodies: Reporting Requirements) (Scotland) Order 2015 places a requirement on some public bodies in Scotland to complete an annual Climate Change Report. 

This is to show progress with meeting Public Bodies Duties under Part 4 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009. This 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.

Previous Climate Change Reports are available here.

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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