Sustainable economy

Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP)

Edinburgh's Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) sets out an approach to reduce carbon emissions through better use and generation of energy.

The vision is that Edinburgh will transform its energy use by reducing demand, more efficient transmission and use, and encouraging local generation. These benefits will help alleviate fuel poverty and help create local jobs and more sustainable communities.

The SEAP's overall target is to reduce carbon emissions by 42% by 2020, from 2005 levels. The most recent data available, published in June 2016, shows that Edinburgh has reduced CO2 by 26.6% over the period 2005 to 2014 see chart below.

There are five programme areas that are proposed for reducing emissions and energy use. These are

  • energy efficiency
  • district heating
  • renewables
  • resource efficiency and,
  • sustainable transport.

The Council will lead by example and influence the actions of others for the benefit of residents, businesses and visitors. The Council's approach is to be clear and consistent about priorities. We want to work with partners to further develop the strategy and action plan and welcome feedback or further actions to be considered, see contact details below.

You can download the SEAP and easy print version below. 

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