Road map for a net zero carbon Edinburgh by 2030

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A ROAD map for moving forward the ambitious target to deliver a carbon neutral Capital by 2030 has been set out by the City of Edinburgh Council.

The ‘short window improvement plan’ outlines 37 immediate and short-term actions across all areas of Council business such as planning, transport, housing, energy, education, tourism, culture, festivals, economic development, waste/recycling, parks, biodiversity/green infrastructure, our communities and partners.

The road map highlights the actions the Council is looking to take forward over the coming months while a City Sustainability Strategy is developed with partners and published next year.

Members of the Policy and Sustainability Committee will consider the road map at their meeting on Friday.

Council Leader Adam McVey said: “Achieving carbon neutral status by 2030 is no mean feat and it’s going to involve a Herculean effort by public bodies and partners right across the city. The scale of the challenge is huge, but what our work to date has shown is that this is achievable. We’ve identified initial immediate, short-term actions we can progress now to reduce our carbon impact while we continue to develop far-reaching plans towards our 2030 target. By investing in the right choices as a Council and encouraging other public bodies and private businesses to do the same, the next 11 years can deliver a climate secure future for the Capital. I know Edinburgh’s got what it takes to make this happen.”

Depute Council Leader Cammy Day said: “It’s great to see this plan for immediate and short term actions coming forward and it just goes to show the huge amount of work that’s already been done since we made our ambitious climate change pledge earlier in the summer. The plan identifies carbon-reducing opportunities right across the Council’s services and estate and I know members of all parties will want to see progress on these as soon as possible so we can start reaping the benefits. Edinburgh is ready to be a leading carbon neutral city and I look forward to working with all our partnerships to achieve our ambitions.”

will also be launching a citywide conversation with the public in November which will be the beginning of a wider effort to engage and collaborate on climate action. This engagement will inform the City Sustainability Strategy due to be published next year. The strategy will be a partnership document that sets out how the city will tackle climate change and deliver a commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030.

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