Aberdeenshire Council Agrees Carbon Budget

Aberdeenshire Council has become the first local authority in Scotland to approve a Carbon Budget.

The move was approved by councillors at Full Council on 9 February. Each of the four council services will be allocated an annual carbon total, relating to the council’s own emissions, which they must bear in mind in everything they do. That total will be reduced year on year to meet strict national carbon targets. The new approach will encourage the whole council to fundamentally consider how it is run and the resulting carbon implications.

For 2017/18 the council will need to reduce emissions by 5% compared to the 2014/15 baseline. Some of the projects approved by Full Council include completion of work to ensure energy efficient street lighting, an eco-driving training programme for staff who regularly drive for work, and a waste recycling and landfill reduction programme across the whole council.

During the meeting, councillors supported the approach towards mitigating against climate change more generally, as well as addressing some of the climate change impacts already being demonstrated in the North East of Scotland. The council has recently been accredited as a “Super Local Authority” by WWF Scotland for its ongoing support of Earth Hour.

15 February 2017

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