Under the terms of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 we have a legislative duty to submit an annual report on what we are doing to meet the statutory Public Bodies Climate Change Duties (PBCCD).
Our latest report, covering activity for 2019-20, shows that since 2005/06, Council carbon emissions have been reduced by 60% - outstripping our aim of a 42% reduction by 20/2021.
This reduction in emissions has been largely thanks to the state-of-the-art waste reprocessing facilities at Millerhill becoming fully operational in 2019-20. The move helped to divert more than 107,000 tonnes of rubbish from landfill, turning it instead into a resource which generates energy. The waste processing facility also removes and recycles metals from waste, providing a further environmental benefit.
Changing to a greener electricity supplier and reducing electricity consumption through moves such as upgrading street lighting to make it more energy efficient also helped us beat our emissions target.
Our carbon emissions footprint for 2019-20 can be broken down as follows:
- 75% - Stationary emissions, which cover emissions from energy user (electricity, natural gas and other fuels)
- 16% - Emissions from transport
- 8% - Landfill waste, recycling and waste energy recovery
- 1% - Water supply and treatment
Having met our target of reducing emissions by 42%, we are now focussing on meeting our new, more challenging target of net-zero emissions by 2030.
Find out more about what we’re doing to meet our net-zero commitment