Welcome to the website for Edinburgh’s Climate Commission. You will be able to find information on the Commission members and the Commission’s planned areas of work. Edinburgh Climate Commission is part of the wider Place-Based Climate Action Network.
Yesterday evening, representatives of civil society organisations from across Edinburgh joined a roundtable with the Climate Commission and members of City of Edinburgh Council to discuss how the city can achieve its Net Zero by 2030 target. The event was organised by Transition Edinburgh, the Council and the NGO Democratic Society, and represented a chance for the city’s citizens to engage with the Commission and Council on the climate issues that matter to them.
Today, the Edinburgh Climate Commission has published its report 'Forward, Faster, Together: Recommendations for a Green Economic Recovery in Edinburgh', which you can download using the link at the end of the page.
The Edinburgh Climate Commission is an independent body working to accelerate action on climate change in Edinburgh. The Commission established just as Covid-19 took hold and has produced this, its first report, for all who have a role in how Edinburgh recovers from the pandemic.
Edinburgh Climate Commissioner, Professor Dave Reay, has contributed to the COP 26 Universities Network Briefing on a Net Zero Emissions Economic Recovery from COVID-19 for the UK Government. The brief emphasises the importance of ensuring countries’ focus on economic growth post-COVID is based on sustainability and international cooperation in the run up to COP 26 (currently postponed until 2021).
Principles to shape a net zero recovery: Forward, Faster, Together
Re: An open letter to all who will play a part in shaping Edinburgh’s recovery from Covid–19 and our response to the climate emergency.
The City of Edinburgh Council have been working with Transport Scotland and Sustrans on a scheme to re-designate road space to pedestrians and cyclists, enabling them to move around the city while observing social distancing. It will be one of the first local authorities in the UK to introduce these emergency measures. This has been made possible with support from the £10 million fund to assist local authorities with introducing temporary travel solutions, announced by Cabinet Secretary Michael Matheson on 28th April.
“The Commission will focus its work on helping to unlock the delivery of the measures we know we must take, not only to tackle climate change but to help build a better future for all of Edinburgh."