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.
In August 2019, Falkirk Council declared a Climate Emergency and “agreed to push towards increasing our efforts to reduce our carbon emissions to net zero by 2030 while making Grangemouth our first carbon neutral town”.
The council is currently looking at all the ways it can respond meaningfully to this challenge and working with Scottish Government and local partners we hope to devise a strategic approach which sees emissions from all stakeholders within our area reduce, including rivals individuals and large businesses to help make Falkirk climate resilient and a ‘greener’ place to live and play.