Retrofitting energy-inefficient old buildings in Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns will be a key challenge in the city’s attempt to reach net-zero emissions by 2030, councillors said. Edinburgh council has set out plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions and achieve its ambitious target within the decade, harnessing momentum from the Cop26 United Nations climate conference in Glasgow in November. The draft strategy includes electric car charging hubs for public service vehicles and gathering the city’s most influential chief executives to “develop a pipeline of net-zero projects”, as well as creating a “heat and energy masterplan”. Officials also want to experiment with different approaches to retrofit “in challenging mixed-tenure and heritage settings, including Edinburgh’s World Heritage site,” to start this year. Improving the energy efficiency of the city’s buildings will help reduce emissions and energy demand as well as operational and maintenance costs, the plans state. The medieval Old Town and the Georgian New Town are listed as Unesco world heritage sites, which describes them as “providing a clarity of urban structure unrivalled in Europe”. Adam McVey, leader of the council, said that this year the world’s eyes would be on Scotland and he wanted to ensure this left “a legacy of action to address the climate emergency”. He said: “This strategy will help our businesses, public sector and organisations and residents across our communities reduce or remove their carbon footprint. Importantly, it also lays out how we will come together as a city to collaborate on action at the scale and pace we need to get to net zero by 2030.” He said the city’s electricity grid was far short of being able to handle a mass switch to electric cars by private citizens. But a “strategic partnership with SP Energy Networks will ensure investment in the city’s grid has maximum benefit for our infrastructure plans and for businesses and residents alike”. The plans advocate “creating EV charging hubs for public service vehicles, making them available to residents, where possible, at key times and in key locations”. Cammy Day, deputy leader, said research indicated that Edinburgh could achieve 60 per cent of its goal to net zero with “actions that pay for themselves within seven to 12 years”. Edinburgh’s 2030 climate strategy needs approval by the policy and sustainability committee next week. If agreed a public consultation will begin.
Times 4th June 2021 read more »
Ahead of the Cop26 United Nations climate change summit in November, Edinburgh Council has laid out draft plans to drastically cut greenhouse emissions and achieve its ambitious target within the decade. Its draft strategy includes new electric car charging hubs for “public service vehicles”, gathering the city’s most influential chief executives to “develop a pipeline of net-zero projects” and creating a “heat and energy masterplan”. Officials also want to experiment with different approaches to “retrofit in challenging mixed-tenure and heritage settings, including Edinburgh’s World Heritage site”, starting this year.
Scotsman 4th June 2021 read more »
THE LEADER of Edinburgh City Council has warned that the electricity grid “cannot cope” with a huge shift away from petrol and diesel cars – as he sets out the authority’s strategy to cut carbon emissions. Adam McVey has set out the authority’s strategy to become a net zero city by 2030, 15 years ahead of the Scotland-wide pledge.
Herald 4th June 2021 read more »
Glasgow City Council leader Susan Aitken has announced Earth Overshoot Day, the date by which humans will have used up our quota of the earth’s biological resources. This is year, it is due to fall by late July, almost a month earlier than last year, campaigners have warned.
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