City of Edinburgh
Climate Action Plan

Nationally, the UK has a legally binding target to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050. Many local councils have more ambitious targets. There are nearly 400 principal councils across the country: the majority have a net-zero target of 2030. Further information from the Council.

Local net-zero target date

2030

Plan published

April 2021

Plan scope

Plan covers entire local area

Climate emergency declared

February 2019

Working together

We use data on Climate Action Plans fromĀ data.climateemergency.uk

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CO2 emissions

It's hard to visualise CO2 emissions. The data talks about 'tonnes of CO2' - but what does a tonne of gas look like? Well, imagine a typical large hot air balloon (almost 3,000 cubic metres in volume). One tonne of CO2 would fill one of these hot air balloons.

Additional local carbon emissions

Carbon emissions embedded in the imported goods we consume locally are typically not counted. However, these goods are produced and then transported here because of our consumer demands. Imported emissions are so big they should not be hidden*.

* Note: Imported emissions are estimated based on the Total UK Goods & Services Greenhouse Gases imported emissions (Defra UK's Carbon Footprint 2016: 353mt CO2 eq) pro-rated based on Local Authority population size and assumed equal per capita consumption of imported goods and services across all Local Authorities.

CO2 emissions in total

1,731,233 tonnes

People in the local area

527,620

CO2 per person per year

3.3 tonnes

Additional local carbon emissions

2,727,132 tonnes

Source: BEIS Local Authority territorial CO2 emissions within the scope of influence of Local Authorities (2020).

Local carbon emissions by sector

In getting to net zero as quickly as possible, we need to look at how we do things differently in every sector.

(000t)

2018
2019
2020

High-impact, low-carbon initiatives

Total published on Carbon Copy across the UK: 1042 See all Initiatives

There are some amazing collaborations between local councils, communities and companies. Some examples in/around City of Edinburgh:

Microsoft

Reducing carbon with Julia Fidler from Microsoft captured on the Zero Carbon Tour.

City of Edinburgh
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Built Environment
  • Circular Economy

Wee Spoke Hub

We want active travel and low carbon transport to be accessible for all!

City of Edinburgh
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Greater fairness
  • Transport
  • Circular Economy
  • Finance

Community Woodlands Association

Supporting new and existing community woodlands across Scotland to achieve their aspirations.

Aberdeen City
  • Carbon emissions
  • Greater fairness
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture
  • Biodiversity & Nature
  • Energy

The Green Team

Connecting people to nature through conservation, education, exploration and play.

City of Edinburgh
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Carbon emissions
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Biodiversity & Nature

Cargo Bike Movement

Using cargo bikes around Edinburgh to contribute to fairer, healthier, greener communities.

City of Edinburgh
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Food security & supply
  • Transport

Edinburgh Tool Library

Borrowing from thousands of tools and learning how to use them.

City of Edinburgh
  • Air pollution
  • Excessive consumption
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Move On Wood Recycling

Selling handcrafted furniture and other reclaimed wood products.

City of Edinburgh
  • Excessive consumption
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Warmer Homes Scotland

Reducing fuel poverty across Scotland by improving energy efficiency of people's homes.

City of Edinburgh
  • Carbon emissions
  • Greater fairness
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Energy
  • Built Environment