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The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, places a number of public duties on the Highland Council to act in response to climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, adapting to the impacts of a changing climate and delivering the Council's programme of work in a sustainable way.
The Highland Council recognises that it has an important role to play as a manager of its own estate, as an employer, as a service provider, and as a community leader. Commitments to tackle climate change are being taken forward by the Finance, Housing and Resources Committee.
The Highland Council mitigates against, and adapts to, climate change in a number of important ways through its:
Along with a range of other initiatives.
Highland Council has been accredited with the Carbon Trust Standard for action taken on climate change by measuring, managing and reducing its carbon emissions since 2009. The Carbon Trust Standard recognises organisations for real carbon reduction. Based on a rigorous, independent assessment, it certifies that organisations have measured, managed and reduced their carbon emissions across their own operations, and are committed to reducing them year on year.
More information on the Council's Climate Change activities can be found to the right of the page.