The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 committed Scotland to a 42% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2020 and 80% reduction by 2050. The Act requires Local Authorities to act sustainably, contribute to carbon emissions reduction targets and to climate change adaptation. Recently this target has been further strengthened to committing Scotland to have net zero emissions by 2045. This means that the Scottish Government has recognised the urgency and level of commitment required to minimise adverse consequences to our current way of life.

Falkirk Council signed up to Scotland's Climate Change Declaration in 2007 and pledged to lead our community by example by taking concerted action on climate change and report annually on our progress. This is done via the Public Bodies Climate Change Duties Report, which is published annually on the Sustainable Scotland Network website.

More information can be found on the Scottish Government website.

Whilst we recognise the positive step of our fellow Local Authorities in declaring climate emergencies, we are currently establishing the best course of action prior to issuing our own declaration. This is to ensure we capitalise on the gravity and momentum of such a declaration and ensure we have tangible actions in place which will make a real difference.