Accelerating climate action and impact in Scotland's capital
Edinburgh Climate Commission is an independent group working together to accelerate climate action and impact in Edinburgh.
The Commission was launched in February 2020 and aims to:
- Identify and address the challenges critical to Edinburgh meeting its climate targets
- Provide independent, expert and authoritative advice to support the city's transition to net zero emissions by 2030
- Catalyse action, challenge the city's decision makers and convene stakeholders
- Act as a forum where organisations can exchange ideas, research findings, information and best practice on carbon reduction and climate resilience.
We are chaired by Dr Sam Gardner, Head of Climate Change and Sustainability at Scottish Power and made up of 15 people with experience of working in climate change and sustainability.
The work of the Commission is co-sponsored by the City of Edinburgh Council and the Edinburgh Climate Change Institute at the University of Edinburgh. We are also part of the Place-based Climate Action Network (PCAN).
Transport is the single biggest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in Edinburgh – making up just under a third of the city’s emissions.
It is also the sector where, since 2000, the smallest emission reductions have been achieved.
We know that addressing the sector’s emissions needs bold action. It needs to deliver safe, accessible and well-connected walking and cycle routes to make trips by foot and bike the default choice for citizens.
In May 2019 Edinburgh committed to becoming a “net-zero” carbon city by 2030.
We are now in 2021 and the clock is ticking. With only nine year to net-zero it is vital that we move from commitments to action. Becoming net-zero has to become engrained in all our actions.
Action will be required at all levels – for us as individuals, the companies we work for and the public sector services that support us.
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society is proud to be a founding signatory of the Edinburgh Climate Compact, led by the Edinburgh Climate Commission.
The Edinburgh Climate Compact is a commitment by the leading businesses and employers in Scotland’s Capital to take action within their own organisation and sectors to contribute to a green recovery and radically reduce the city’s carbon emissions.
Climate Change has been described as the defining issue of our time by the UN, and with COP26 on the horizon we are at a defining moment in time.
Without significant action now we will see an increase in climate pressures like higher temperatures, extreme weather, and rising sea levels, which in turn will lead to an increase in the risk to life, damage to infrastructure and supply chain disruption. Action is required now.
There is a role we can, and should, all play in encouraging a green recovery and transition to a sustainable future.
And, as a member of the Edinburgh Climate Commission and Head of Clean Energy at Shepherd and Wedderburn, I have seen first-hand the tremendous potential we have in this country to become a world leader in renewable energy.
Shepherd and Wedderburn has been at the forefront of innovation in the clean energy sector for almost three decades.
“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."