Edinburgh's net zero target

A net zero, climate ready Edinburgh by 2030

We have set an ambitious target for Edinburgh to become a net zero city by 2030. This means that by 2030, we want remove the same amount of greenhouse gases that we, as a city, put into the air.

Our 2030 target recognises the need for Edinburgh to play its part in helping to deliver on national goals to reduce emission. And that cities will need to make faster progress on reducing greenhouse gas emissions if Scotland is to meet its national 2045 net zero target.

By cutting Edinburgh’s emissions, we are contributing to worldwide efforts to make sure that global warming stays below 1.5C. This is the upmost limit for global temperature rise, identified by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), if the planet is to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

Edinburgh’s climate targets are key to achieving a more sustainable city. Climate and the environment were also key themes emerging from the City Vision 2050 consultation. This is where we asked people about their hopes and wishes for the future of the city.

Our longer-term vision for a greener, cleaner, fairer Edinburgh will only be possible through working with others. With people from across the city, across the council and across our partners.

There is a lot that we need to do to deliver a net zero, climate ready capital. But our focus will always be on making Edinburgh a better place to live, work and visit.

Illustration on Council's 2030 Climate Strategy document

2030 Climate Strategy

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