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. 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.
What are we doing to tackle climate change?
We are 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 Climate Week.
Reducing our emissions
The alternative energy strategy for council-owned public buildings ensures that we will undertake energy efficiency measures and install low/zero carbon technologies in and on our buildings, 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 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.
We took part in an interim year of climate change reporting, in 2014/15, to trial the reporting. In the following years we have submitted reports to the Sustainable Scotland Network 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.
For more information, email EcoCity@aberdeencity.gov.uk