Why is net zero important?
The Scottish government has set a net zero target of 2045, with the City of Edinburgh Council pledging an even more ambitious target of becoming a net zero city by 2030.
Reducing carbon footprint, mitigating climate change impacts, protecting natural resources, and promoting sustainable practices are all necessary steps in achieving a sustainable and resilient city.
Extreme weather events and sea-level rise are all potential risks that Edinburgh will need to address to ensure its long-term sustainability and be better equipped to face the challenges of the future.
Reducing air pollution and promoting active transportation can benefit the health of Edinburgh’s citizens. This will have a direct impact on the quality of life of Edinburgh’s residents, making it a more desirable place to live and work.
By transitioning to a low-carbon economy, attracting investment, reducing energy costs and fostering innovation Edinburgh can ensure its economic prosperity while also protecting its future.
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NET ZERO EDINBURGH BY 2030
Edinburgh has an ambitious target to become a net zero city by 2030 . This means that by 2030, we want to remove the same amount of greenhouse gases that we, as a city, put into the air.
Our 2030 target recognises the need for Edinburgh to play its part in helping to deliver on national goals to reduce emissions. And that cities will need to make faster progress on reducing greenhouse gas emissions if Scotland is to meet its national 2045 net zero target.
Our longer-term vision for a greener, cleaner, fairer Edinburgh will only be possible through working with others. Citizens across the city, businesses and organisations in Edinburgh and the Council must work together to achieve this goal.