Draft 2030 Climate Strategy

The draft 2030 Climate Strategy sets a vision for creating a city where

  1. People live in neighbourhoods with easy access to greenspaces and local services reducing the need to travel. 
  2. Homes are well-insulated, energy efficient and heated and powered by low-cost, renewable energy.
  3. More people work from home or in local hubs more of the time.
  4. The city has a network of safe and attractive active travel routes, and an integrated world-class sustainable public transport system, which is affordable for everyone. 
  5. Most citizens find they no longer need a car, and a network of car clubs and electric vehicle charging hubs is available to support those who do.
  6. The city centre will have been re-imagined as a place for people walking, cycling and wheeling, with excellent public transport accessibility and with the needs of the most vulnerable fully catered for.
  7. Edinburgh is a hub for net zero innovation, with a new breed of sustainable local businesses creating local jobs and skills development opportunities.
  8. Our city is cleaner, healthier and greener, with natural habitats helping to protect the city from flooding and other climate change impacts.

The draft strategy lays out how, as a city, we will enable, support and deliver action to meet our net zero ambition. It’s aimed predominantly at partners within the city who have: 

  • a duty to transition to net zero.
  • a significant city emissions footprint.
  • the power and budgets to make impactful change.

However, the strategy also speaks to citizens, communities and the wider business community who collectively could have the greatest impact of all.

Read an executive summary of the draft 2030 Climate Strategy

Download the full draft 2030 Climate Strategy.

Your views on the draft strategy

We held a 12-week public consultation on the draft 2030 Climate Strategy in Summer 2020. Thank you for taking the time if you gave us your views. Your feedback will form the basis of a finalised strategy which we will take to Committee later in the year, alongside an implementation plan and initial cost analysis.