How we’re meeting our net-zero target

We are developing a Sustainability Strategy for the city to map out the steps we need to take to reach our net-zero aim by 2030. This will be available for consultation in Spring 2021.

But while we continue to develop far-reaching plans towards our long-term aim of creating the city that our citizens want, we are also making changes right now which can reduce our own carbon impact.

Moves such as retrofitting our existing council homes to make them more energy efficient, to deliver health, comfort and affordability to tenants. Reducing the use of single use plastic in schools. Change is already happening.

And through our Edinburgh Talks Climate website, Edinburgh residents have shared ideas, inspired others and take local action on subjects such as food, travel, energy, sustainable living and plants and wildlife. Comments and feedback from the site are helping to inform existing measures and future sustainability plans over the coming months.

Short window improvement plan

The Short Window Improvement Plan (SWIP), represents extra Council action on sustainability. It complements work being done by the Council’s major programmes in helping to meet the net-zero target. This includes projects such as decarbonising transport link, city development, sustainable urban regeneration, housing; citizen engagement; and innovation through participation in the climate KIC healthy clean cities deep demonstrator programme.

SWIP is made up of 37 actions across 14 service areas. The projects are all based on work which we can start quickly, in order to immediately improve our approach to sustainability.

Read our latest update on SWIP

Net zero mark

Our net zero mark is for projects which support Edinburgh's 2030 emissions target.

It is a symbol to identify Council projects which help lower greenhouse gas emissions in Edinburgh. It reflects our ambition to create a greener and more sustainable city.

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