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.

What are we doing to tackle climate change?


In March 2021, the Council Climate Change Plan 2021-25: Towards a Net Zero and Climate Resilient Council was approved. The Plan set out the approach, pathway and actions towards net zero and climate resilient Council assets and operations, by 2045.

Council Climate Change Plan 2021-25: Towards a Net Zero and Climate Resilient Council

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City - reducing emissions

  • Powering Aberdeen; the city Sustainable Energy Action Plan was produced in 2016 to reduce emissions and meet the requirements of the Covenant of Mayors. Subsequent plans have since been approved and are in development for a Net Zero City, these include:

City - adapting climate change 

  • 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.
  • The Council has produced Weather Impact Reports, 2008-2013 and 2014-2019. These examined the impact of weather on Council services over a 5 year periods.
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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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