Council agrees ambitious new climate change policy

 02 October 2020  |  

Helping to protect South Ayrshire for future generations

Helping to protect South Ayrshire for future generations

We have just strengthened our climate change policy, to help protect South Ayrshire for future generations.

We have adopted targets in line with Scotland's tougher national targets, which commits us to reducing Council emissions by a massive 75% by 2030 based on our 2014/15 emissions, with net zero emissions by 2045.

Reducing emissions from our buildings is pivotal to meeting these ambitious targets. To help achieve this, we will be undertaking a review of the use of buildings within the Council, identifying requirements and introducing more renewable forms of energy, such as wind turbines.

We continue to invest in electric vehicles; our new policy means we now have a target to ensure our small vehicle fleet is fully electric by 2025. Larger vehicles should be electric or have ultralow emissions by 2030.

For the first time ever, the Council is introducing carbon accounting. Every service will be responsible for reducing and accounting for their emissions. As we push toward the 75% reduction target, each service will have to reduce its emissions accordingly.

Councillor Ian Cochrane, Environment Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: "Our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has quite rightly focussed on helping the vulnerable and supporting communities. Going forward, we need to ensure green recovery, works in tandem with coronavirus recovery, to deliver a truly sustainable future for the people of South Ayrshire.

"I am proud of the way we have pulled together in the face of adversity, and I hope that we can keep this momentum going, as everyone needs to work together to tackle climate change.

"Like COVID-19, climate change also threatens to deepen inequalities and impact on those most vulnerable in our communities, so now is the time to act.

"I hope our new policy, gives us the impetuous to push forward with ground-breaking plans to help reduce our emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. I also hope our actions inspire other organisations and individuals to make a difference and do their bit."

The report can be viewed here