What Inverclyde Council is doing to tackle climate change

Scotland’s Climate Change Declaration

In the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, Scotland set a target to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050.  In 2007 Inverclyde Council signed up to ‘Scotland’s Climate Change Declaration’.  This placed a commitment on the Council to both reduce its impact on climate change and adapt to predicted climate change impacts.  The Council is now required to report annually to the Scottish Government on its progress and actions on climate change.  The first report is to be submitted by the end of November 2016 and will be available to download from this website. 

Carbon Management Plan

To embed action to reduce impacts on climate change in its strategies, the Council has developed Carbon Management Plans.  These detail what the Council’s carbon footprint is, set carbon reduction targets and state how the target will be achieved.  To devise its first Carbon Management Plan, the Council was accepted onto the ‘Carbon Trust’s’ Public Sector Carbon Management Programme in 2007.  The Carbon Trust advises the public and private sectors on how to reduce carbon emissions.

The first Carbon Management Plan set a target to reduce carbon emissions by 15% in 2012/13 from a 2007/8 baseline.  The Council achieved a 31% reduction, far exceeding the target.  The Council has since been accepted onto the Carbon Trust’s Revisited Carbon Management Programme and has produced a new Carbon Management Plan.  The new plan has set a target to reduce carbon emissions by 12% in 2016/17 from a 2011/12 baseline.

The new Carbon Management Plan is available to download via the Carbon Management Plan - see Related Links.  The new Plan includes all sources of carbon emissions from the Council’s operations, which are energy used for buildings and street lighting, transport, waste and water.  A Carbon and Energy Group has been established and made up of Council staff working in areas that produce carbon emissions from the various sources.  The Group meets regularly to discuss progress and ideas on reducing the Council’s carbon footprint.

Page last updated: 21 October 2016