Edinburgh is setting itself a high bar in trying to become carbon neutral by 2037 and setting an even more ambitious interim target for 2030. A report to be considered by councillors tomorrow at the Corporate Policy & Strategy Committee outlines a three phased plan for the new approach to sustainability. This reacts to the council’s Climate Emergency motion passed in February and will involve the setting up of a cross party oversight group on sustainability. It also acknowledges the findings of an independent report by Professor Andrew Kerr which showed that the council needed to be more agile to address all the challenges in areas such as climate, transport and planning. At present the council is committed to reducing emissions by 42% by 2020. Carbon emissions in the city have reduced by over a third since 2005, and the council says it will meet its target by next year. Projects such as the introduction of a Low Emission Zone and also the extension of the tramline to Newhaven are viewed as positives which will reduce emissions further. But the council also recognises that it will be important to engage with the public about these new targets. Some of the ways in which they hope to achieve the goal is by employing measures such as increasing local renewable energy generation on council land and property, and developing low carbon supply chains and a low carbon workforce.
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