Midlothian Council has declared a ‘Climate Emergency’ with the aim of making the council’s activities net-zero carbon by 2030. At a meeting of the full Council last week it was agreed that the council should achieve 100 per cent clean energy across the full range of its functions by 2030 and ensure that all strategic decisions, budgets and approaches to planning decisions are in line with a shift to zero carbon by that date. The council will support and work with other agencies towards making the entire area zero carbon within the same timescale and ensure that political and chief officer leadership teams embed this work in all service areas. Council Scrutiny Panels will be asked to consider the impact of climate change and the environment when reviewing policies and strategies. Young people will also be encouraged to become actively involved in the process, ensuring that they have a voice in shaping the future. A Citizens’ Assembly will be convened to help identify how the council’s activities might be made net-zero carbon and to consider the climate change impact of each area of the council’s activities.
Scotsman 24th Dec 2019 read more »