Climate change

We are taking action on climate change in line with the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 and in keeping with Sustainable Edinburgh 2020, our framework for the sustainable development of the city to 2020.


Our sustainable energy action plan looks to reduce energy use and carbon emissions.

Resilient Edinburgh is our first climate change adaptation framework, covering 2014 to 2020. The Edinburgh Adapts action plan and vision was published in December 2016 to help take the framework forward. The action plan runs from 2016 to 2020 and the vision looks further, setting out where we would like to be in 2025 and 2050. 

Download Resilient Edinburgh and Edinburgh Adapts documents (PDFs)

Carbon emissions

The Carbon Reduction Commitment is a UK-wide energy-saving and carbon emissions-reduction scheme. Like other large organisations, we are taxed according to the amount of energy we consume. We must reduce energy use and emissions from our buildings and street lighting, and introduce energy-efficiency measures. 

Our carbon management plan (PDF) shows how we are reducing carbon emissions from our own buildings and activities. The plan is an important part of our approach to climate change. It helps us meet climate targets set out in Sustainable Edinburgh 2020 and our legal reporting requirements.

Turn off the lights

We support Earth Hour, an annual global event to raise awareness of climate change. Earth Hour encourages people to switch off their lights for an hour on the last Saturday of March. We have been awarded Super Authority status for supporting Earth Hour.

We have reduced the number of flood-lit monuments and buildings in recent years under our Darker Skies policy (PDF).