We've signed up to the Edinburgh Climate Compact

22/04/2021

We have signed up to the Edinburgh Climate Compact to support the city’s ambition of reaching Net Zero by 2030.

Established by the Edinburgh Climate Commission, the Compact signifies a commitment by leading organisations, which include the City of Edinburgh Council, Edinburgh Airport and the University of Edinburgh to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions through their operations, influence and leadership, transport and buildings.

With Earth Day 2021 taking place this week, the Edinburgh Climate Commission is encouraging more organisations to sign up.

The Climate Compact commits signatories, which include the City of Edinburgh Council, Edinburgh Airport and the University of Edinburgh, to 16 actions which will lead to clear change within their business practices, including:

  • Publicising what action each signatory is currently taking to address climate change. This includes the disclosure of current emission levels and publishing plans for how they plan to reduce carbon emissions.
  • Committing to retrofitting owned buildings and decarbonising operations to become more energy efficient and sustainable.
  • Prioritising active and sustainable travel in their workforce and investing in a switch to zero-emissions company owned vehicles.
  • Providing training for staff to develop their awareness and understanding of climate change and changes in their behaviour which could lead to a reduction in emissions.

Guy Jefferson, Chief Operating Officer for SP Energy Networks, said: “Our power networks are an important enabler when it comes to Net Zero. We’re already investing £7bn to increase capacity on our electricity network and ensure it is ready to accommodate the added demands of electric vehicles and decarbonised heating, therefore facilitating a safe, sustainable, low carbon energy system for the benefit of current and future generations alike. 

“There is a real opportunity for businesses to lead by example and demonstrate how we’re making the transition to a cleaner and greener future a reality. That’s why we’re phasing out fossil fuels by electrifying our own commercial fleet and taking steps to manage our waste more efficiently both in the City of Edinburgh and across Central Scotland. We know that even the smallest changes can make a big difference if we all pull in the same direction.

“We’re delighted to join the Edinburgh Climate Compact. Net Zero is the prism through which we take our business decisions, and that has been a profound change. It’s a key reason for us becoming a Principal Partner of the COP26 global climate change conference being held in Scotland later this year. By working together, we can deliver the cleaner, greener and better future we all want, quicker.”

Commissioner Clare Foster, who led the Climate Compact workstream for the Climate Commission, said: “The Edinburgh Climate Compact represents a significant step forward on the path to a new normal of sustainable business practice in a thriving green city.

“With COP26 set to take place in Scotland later this year, there never has been a better time to take stock of what kind of city we want to be, both for ourselves now and as a legacy for generations to come.

“It has been hugely encouraging to see this level of collaboration between different sectors and organisations of this size in Scotland when reducing emissions. I hope this in turn encourages other businesses and organisations to show their support and sign up to the Compact and help make a collective difference to Edinburgh’s emissions.”

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