Reducing our energy use

We must reduce our energy use. By doing so, we reduce our carbon emissions and our tax liability.

Our energy policy aims to reduce the energy we use in our buildings by 20% by 2020. Carbon Trust Scotland helped us develop this policy.

Download our energy policy and procedures (PDFs).

Building design

Building design affects how sustainable buildings are and how much energy they use. Edinburgh Design Guidance and our planning guidelines provide advice on how to design more sustainable buildings.


Most Edinburgh schools are part of the Eco Schools programme, which covers energy. Eco Schools raises awareness and encourages pupils to reduce energy use in their school.