Climate change

Net Zero Strategy

The Net Zero Strategy sets out the Council’s approach to addressing the climate emergency by reducing our emissions and preparing for the unavoidable impacts of climate change.

As a public body, we are legally bound to contribute to Scotland’s Net Zero target by 2045.

Our Strategy includes a Route Map to Net Zero by 2045, with key interim targets to reduce emissions by at least 75% by 2030 and at least 90% by 2040.

Key areas of focus include:

  • Improving energy efficiency across our estate
  • Identifying and developing opportunities arising from renewable energy generation
  • Rationalising our fleet and replacing vehicles with low-emission alternatives
  • Reducing waste
  • Embedding circular economy principles into the Council’s operations
  • Embedding climate change into decision-making processes
  • Delivering an internal Communications and Engagement Strategy to support the delivery of the Net Zero Strategy

A detailed and costed Action Plan is currently in development, which will outline workstreams to be implemented across the Council contributing towards the delivery of the Council’s net zero ambition.

The Strategy and Action Plan will remain ‘living’ documents that will be reviewed and updated on a regular basis.