Some of Scotland’s biggest employers will ban unnecessary travel and retrofit offices with green technology in a drive to save the planet from climate change. Natwest Group, NHS Lothian, Edinburgh council, the engineering company Robertson Group, the University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society have signed a joint agreement to cut emissions in the capital to net zero by 2030. The Edinburgh climate compact includes a commitment to sustainable travel, such as cutting unnecessary flights, switching to electric cars, and retrofitting buildings with better insulation and renewable energy generators. The businesses have also pledged to regularly publish their emissions data and train staff to abandon behaviour that harms the environment. The Edinburgh Climate Commission, a lobby group, brokered the deal as Scotland prepares to host the Cop26 climate conference next November. Sam Gardner, chairman of the commission, said: “As Scotland enters the 12-month countdown to hosting Cop26, Edinburgh has a unique opportunity to show the world the power of collaboration and the difference we as a city can make to address the climate emergency. Edinburgh’s key businesses and employers can, and must, show leadership in delivering real progress on the net-zero future of the city.”
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SIX leading Edinburgh businesses and employers have signed a pledge aimed at sparking radical action on climate change across the city. Launched by the Edinburgh Climate Commission, the Edinburgh Climate Compact outlines a list of commitments which organisations taking part will need to adopt to contribute to a green recovery and help Edinburgh reach its target of net zero emissions by 2030. The six founding signatories comprise representatives from the private and public sector with Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, NHS Lothian, Robertson Group, NatWest Group, The City of Edinburgh Council and The University of Edinburgh all confirming their commitment to be leaders in the race to net zero.
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