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Scottish local authority climate change mitigation and adaptation activity

The Sustainable Scotland Network reports on the publication of two new analyses of Scottish local authority climate change mitigation and adaptation activity for the period 2010-11, drawing on information provided in reports on Scotland’s Climate Change Declaration.

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Sustainable Scotland Network and Adaptation Scotland have published two new analyses of Scottish local authority climate change mitigation and adaptation activity for the period 2010-11. The analyses draw on information provided directly by councils in their reports on Scotland’s Climate Change Declaration.

All 32 Scottish local authorities signed up to Scotland’s Climate Change Declaration (SCCD) in 2007, which commits councils to take steps to tackle climate change. In signing the Declaration, councils also agree to publish an annual report on the monitoring and progress of their climate change response.

All Scottish local authorities published a statement under the third round of annual reporting, for the period 2010-11. These ‘Year 3’ reports are the basis for the two new analyses published today.

Mitigation Analysis

The analysis, produced by Keep Scotland Beautiful (KSB) for the Sustainable Scotland Network (SSN), examines local authority climate change mitigation activities for the period 2010-11. The analysis gives an overview of local authority action to reduce corporate emissions, drawing in input from The Carbon Trust, as well as a more thorough analysis of action on area-wide emissions. The report:

  • highlights the range of activities local authorities are undertaking to mitigate climate change;
  • identifies opportunities for SCCD reporting to align with reporting on the Climate Change (Scotland) Act Public Bodies Duties (PBD), and the Report on Proposals and Policies (RPP) and;
  • makes recommendations for the development of the SCCD reporting format.

Adaptation Analysis

A second analysis by Adaptation Scotland specifically focuses on local authority action on climate change adaptation for the period 2010-11. This report:

  • highlights progress by local authorities on adaptation actions;
  • identifies areas of good practice and;
  • makes recommendations for performance improvement.

The basis for the analysis was the five phases of work included within Adaptation Scotland’s Climate Change Adaptation Workbook.

Commenting on the 2010-11 Mitigation Analysis report, Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Sustainability and Climate Change Manager, George Tarvit, said:

“The Declaration reports provide a good overview of local authority policy and practice on climate change. The analysis reports indicate that good progress is being made, with improved consistency of approaches developing across Scotland. The reports also indicate where practical improvements can be made and where local authorities can work together better to achieve more on emissions reduction and climate change adaptation.”

Commenting on the 2010 – 11 Adaptation Analysis report, Adaptation Scotland Manager Julian Holbrook said:

“The Adaptation Analysis clearly shows that local authorities across Scotland are taking action to plan and respond to the challenges and opportunities that they face as a result of changes in climate. Adapting to the impacts of climate change is a long term, ongoing process and Scottish local authorities have made an excellent start. It is critical that the early progress identified in the analysis is built upon. Only then can Scotland successfully manage the most serious risks, and benefit from the potential opportunities, that will come as a result of changes in the climate.”

SCCD Year 4 Reports

Scottish local authorities are currently submitting ‘Year 4’ annual statements for the period 2011-12, many of which are now available to view on the SCCD website. Sustainable Scotland Network and Adaptation Scotland plan to undertake a similar analysis of Year 4 reports, with the intention to publish these later in 2012.

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