Energy efficiency and carbon management

What are South Ayrshire doing?

South Ayrshire Council’s vision is to minimise the impacts of climate change and become more sustainable, in keeping with the commitment to Scotland’s Climate Change Declaration.

The Council has produced a Carbon Management Strategy and Implementation Plan. The objective is to reduce the Council’s emissions by 20% by 2012/13 from a 2005/06 baseline measured against the business as usual case. This is equivalent to not producing 11,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum.

The main areas of carbon emissions covered by this plan are:

  • buildings
  • waste management
  • street lighting
  • vehicle fleet
  • staff travel on business
  • staff commuting

Our progress towards meeting our objectives is published in the latest Scottish Climate Change Declaration Report. This report also details the actions ongoing and actions taken, and envisaged issues that impact on our ability to achieve our targets.

To tackle the issues of carbon emissions, energy efficiency in housing and the affordability of heating homes, we work in close partnership with the Energy Agency based in Ayr. They can give you advice and secure grant funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy in private households. They can also give benefit and tax credit checks and give access to the lowest cost energy tariffs. The Council housing stock is in general much more energy efficient than the private stock and we continue to make significant investment in the stock to maintain and improve it so that our tenants’ bills are minimised.