Perth & Kinross agree on ‘ambitious’ net zero strategy

A new strategy for Perth and Kinross to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2045 has been unanimously agreed.

Advisers backed Perth and Kinross’ climate strategy when they met yesterday.

It explains how the Perth & Kinross Council can achieve net zero carbon emissions, reduce the impact of climate change on communities and how residents and businesses are essential to creating a sustainable future.

The strategy is guided by six high-level principles:

  1. Achieve Net Zero aligned with the Paris Agreement and Scottish Government targets by 2045, if not sooner
  2. Building a more resilient Perth and Kinross
  3. Ensure that action on climate change is equitable and that the transition to a green economy benefits everyone
  4. Improve biodiversity
  5. Involve young people and give them the means to act against climate change
  6. Empower businesses and communities to take climate action in line with the Perth and Kinross offer

The strategy prioritizes eight key areas such as transport, buildings and energy, business and industry, waste, education and engagement and land use, and defines ways to reduce emissions in all these sectors.

It also recognizes that climate change in Perth and Kinross will continue over the coming years and includes actions to build the resilience of Perth and Kinross to the potential impacts thereof.

The strategy and action plan will be published on a new Perth and Kinross dedicated climate change website due to launch in early 2022.

The strategy will be supported by the creation of a climate change commission in Perth and Kinross, which councilors approved earlier this year.

This will bring together businesses, community groups, individuals and youth to scrutinize the strategy and support its implementation.

Perth & Kinross Chief of Council Councilor Murray Lyle said the board “should lead by example”, but everyone has a stake in the future of the planet and therefore a role to play in making it happen. fight against climate change.

He said: “Climate change is a global problem and tackling it starts at home.

“To keep the increase in global average temperature below 1.5 ° C, we need to significantly reduce emissions by 2030.

“As a board, we have a duty to lead the way in reducing emissions and this strategy sets out the ways in which we are going to do that. But we also need our residents and businesses to tackle the challenge we all face. Climate change affects us all and we all have a responsibility to play our part.

“Nine out of ten respondents to our consultation say that climate change has already altered their environment. As we heard at COP26, it is time to act.

The Perth & Kinross Board also signed the Glasgow Declaration on Food, which calls for sustainable food systems, and the Edinburgh Declaration on Biodiversity.

Councilor Lyle said: “We are committed to doing all we can to tackle climate change. It is vital that we all play our part in reducing emissions and therefore global warming.

“I am pleased that this strategy has the support of all parties and we, along with our communities, will work together to create a greener and better future for the people of Perth and Kinross.”

SNP Group leader Councilor Grant Laing said: “This document will be the most important document PKC has adopted in recent years. However, it is ambitious and must be backed up with action.

“Any warm words welcoming this report will be of no value if the elected members of the PKC cannot make the tough decisions to ensure that this document is not just an aspiration, but a model by which all decisions are made. “

Councilor Liz Barrett, spokesperson for the Liberal Democrat Climate Emergency Group, said: “All of our communities, businesses and groups can take action to make a difference, as we did during the pandemic.

“We can work together and campaign together to demand the changes we need from the UK and Scottish governments. We can buy local, support local businesses, reduce travel and transportation costs, and reduce waste from the products we buy online. We can share transportation, grow more food, reduce food waste, buy less plastic or just buy less, and share advice that makes a difference. Above all, we can get the word out that we are all in the same boat, and we can tackle it together. “

Union adviser Alasdair Bailey added: “The Scottish Labor and Independent Group on the board was pleased to support this strategy which underscores our strong ambition to tackle the climate emergency in partnership with the residents and businesses of Perth & Kinross and beyond. We look forward to the implementation of these measures in the years to come. “