what is the cLimate compact?

The Edinburgh Climate Compact, launched by the Edinburgh Climate Commission, is a commitment made by businesses in Edinburgh to take action within their organisation to help significantly reduce the city’s carbon emissions and contribute to the green recovery of the city.  

The Climate Compact supports businesses by outlining clear action areas for businesses to focus on and commit to. Within these areas, businesses have the flexibility to adapt and tailor the activity to their own specific business.

what is involved?

When businesses sign up to the compact, within the first month they will have to:

• Publish their current emissions

• Publish information about what actions they are currently taking to reduce their environmental impact

• Complete and return the benchmarking sheet

Businesses then have ongoing, quarterly and annually commitments.

Find out more information about the Climate Compact or how to sign up here.

Who are the founding signatories of the Climate Compact? 


“We are proud to have been one of the first signatories to the Edinburgh Climate Compact, which we hope will promote radical action on climate change across the Scottish capital and provide a model for effective public and private sector collaboration that others can follow.

Shepherd and Wedderburn is committed to supporting a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. We look forward to playing our part and working with the other Compact City Climate Champions to effect change and help Edinburgh achieve its net zero ambitions.”

Andrew Blain

Managing Partner of Shepherd and Wedderburn

Climate change is the most significant challenge facing our society and, as the biggest backer of UK businesses, we have an important role to play in helping our customers transition to a low carbon economy. 

We are determined to lead on the collaboration and cooperation that is so critical to influencing the transition and that is why we are proud to be working with and learning from other employers in Edinburgh on this important agenda.

Simon Watson

Royal Bank of Scotland (part of the NatWest Group) Executive Sponsor Climate Change,

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