The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 requires public bodies to:
- contribute to carbon emissions reduction targets
- contribute to climate change adaptation
- act sustainably
We expect Scotland's public bodies to lead by example in combating climate change and making a valuable contribution towards achieving our emissions reduction targets.
Environmental and climate change policy
The Environmental and Climate Change Policy sets out ways in which the council fulfils 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 reaffirmed by Chief Executive Jim Savege and Council Leader Councillor Jim Gifford in February 2018. 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.
View the Environmental and Climate Change Policy.
As part of the council's commitment to climate change mitigation, we set our first carbon budget for 2017/18. We are the first local authority in Scotland to implement such a budget. This approach is to make sure that we are placing as much focus on our carbon footprint as we do on our financial budgets.
An annual carbon budget figure is set each year to keep the council on track for its commitment to reduce emissions by 44% by 2025 using 2010/11 as a baseline year. Management of the necessary annual reduction in emissions is the responsibility of the Senior Leadership Team with support from key services and the Sustainability Team.
The carbon budget is set in February each year at the same time as the financial budget and is monitored throughout the year by the Sustainability Committee:
Annual progress towards 2025 target
|Financial year||Emissions (tCO2e)||Target required|
|2018/19||Determined in November 2019||64493|
|2019/20||Determined in November 2020||61786|
|2020/21||Determined in November 2021||59078|
|2021/22||Determined in November 2022||56370|
|2022/23||Determined in November 2023||53662|
|2023/24||Determined in November 2024||50955|
|2024/25||Determined in November 2025||48247|