Climate change in the Edinburgh local government elections

Thu, 04/28/2022 - 10:35

With Edinburgh going to the polls on 5 May we asked each of the main political parties in the city to set out their response to the climate emergency.

In the coming days we will post the replies from each of the parties to our letter, which is outlined below. 

We are now just eight years away from having to hit our 2030 goals and secure the benefits of a net zero transition for all.  

The next City of Edinburgh Council will have a hugely important role to play to turn policy into action, to turn rhetoric into benefit and put us on track to net zero.  

Edinburgh Trams: Signing the Edinburgh Climate Compact provides a pathway to sustainable transport

Mon, 10/04/2021 - 09:19

Joining the Edinburgh Climate Compact sets out a clear framework of key areas within our business where we can take positive action, enabling us to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and build a greener future.

Becoming a Compact signatory also allows us to be part of a collective of like-minded organisations, who lead by example and manage the emissions generated by our operations and estates.

Climate strategy needs urgency of pandemic action

Mon, 09/27/2021 - 10:56

The pandemic has demonstrated that government is able to deliver change at pace. This same sense of emergency now needs to be applied to reducing Edinburgh’s emissions.

Edinburgh Napier: Embedding and enabling place-based action

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 10:22

At Edinburgh Napier our success and progress to date, covering all aspects of environmental sustainability, is principally because of and due to collaborative working. 

Both within our University community of 14,000 students and staff based in Edinburgh but equally in partnership with a comprehensive and diverse array of peer organisations throughout the city and beyond.

Why we signed up to the Edinburgh Climate Compact

Thu, 09/16/2021 - 09:13

SP Energy Networks transports electricity through our transmission and distribution networks to ensure Edinburgh always has the power it needs.

As the operator of the electricity networks in Central and Southern Scotland, we know that we need to play a leading role in the fight against climate change.

That is why we are proud to have signed up to the Edinburgh Climate Compact.

Let’s celebrate community climate action already taking place in Edinburgh

Mon, 09/06/2021 - 16:57

Commissioner Bridie Ashrowan, is CEO of EVOC. She highlights examples of dynamic and inspiring community action taking place across the city which is helping to tackle climate change.

Edinburgh has a rich tapestry of community action on climate change. 

Its citizens have set up everything from small community run gardens, to award-winning social enterprises in the circular economy. 

I will use this blog to celebrate others and highlight examples of dynamic and inspiring community action on climate change and the environment.  

Communication, Collaboration and creativity key to unlocking a net zero Edinburgh

Thu, 08/26/2021 - 10:23

Edinburgh Climate Commissioner, Dairmaid Lawlor, an urbanist with a multidisciplinary background, and Associate Director at the Scottish Futures Trust. 

He highlights the importance of individuals, organisations and governments to continue to collaborate and communicate and think critically and creatively as we transition towards net zero.  


We need to focus on retrofitting our homes and buildings now, to reach net zero by 2030

Tue, 08/24/2021 - 10:47

Edinburgh Climate Commissioner, Calum Murray is a Director of CCG (Scotland) Ltd specialising in land acquisition and urban regeneration.

In the latest in our mini-series on the draft 2030 Climate Strategy, Calum lays out the scale of the challenge posed by decarbonising our homes and buildings and stresses the need for immediate action if the sector is to reach Edinburgh’s goal of net zero by 2030.


‘Together we have enormous power and influence over Edinburgh’s emissions’

Mon, 08/23/2021 - 17:10

Sophie Eastwood is a Commissioner for the Edinburgh Climate Commission. She is also Development and Operations Manager for the 2050 Climate Group.

In the first of a mini-series of blogs by Commissioners on the draft 2030 Climate Strategy, Sophie shares her thoughts on the strategy's strengths and weaknesses and stresses the need for optimism for Edinburgh to leave a legacy of lasting climate action.