Environmental and Climate Change Policy
The Environmental and Climate Change Policy sets out ways in which the council will fulfil its commitment to sustainable development and safeguarding the environment, as well as meeting statutory responsibilities laid out in the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.
The policy was approved by the Policy and Resources Committee in November 2016. The policy was signed by Chief Executive Jim Savege and council Co-Leaders Councillor Richard Thomson and Councillor Alison Evison in February 2017. It commits the council to leading by example in reducing the impact that its services and functions have on the environment and climate change. This means reducing our greenhouse gases emitted in the provision of services, conserving our natural resources and enhancing the region’s biodiversity to improve the health and well-being of Aberdeenshire residents.
As part of the council's commitment to climate change mitigation, the first Carbon Budget was set for 2017/18. The new approach, approved at full council in February 2017, will encourage the whole council to fundamentally consider how it is run and the resulting carbon implications. Aberdeenshire is the first local authority in Scotland to implement such a budget.