Draft Climate Ready Edinburgh Plan

POSTED ON January 17, 2024

An ambitious strategy designed to adapt the city to ensure Edinburgh rises to the challenge of climate change.

The city of Edinburgh  Council has launched a 12-week consultation which seeks views on it draft Climate Ready Edinburgh Plan – an ambitious strategy designed to adapt the city to ensure Edinburgh rises to the challenge of climate change.

Available to take part in online, the consultation findings will be used to finalise the policy before it is presented to Councillors in the Spring.

If adopted, the Climate Ready Edinburgh Plan is expected to become one of the city – and country’s — leading climate action plans, bolstered by ambitious work that is already underway in Edinburgh to tackle carbon emissions and head towards net zero by 2030.

It comes after Councillors considered the second annual 2030 Climate Strategy and city-wide carbon emissions report, which measures progress against agreed actions to reduce emissions and help the city achieve its net zero target by 2030.

Much climate adaptation work is already underway in Edinburgh, which this draft plan aims to build on. Its primary aim will be to guide changes to the city to safeguard people and wildlife from the risks posed by climate change.

The draft plan priority themes are in the following eight areas:

  1. Planning and the built environment: actions that will help to mitigate the effects of climate change by making our buildings and infrastructure more resilient.
  2. Water management and resilience: actions to tackle flooding and associated impacts from severe weather events.
  3. Coastal adaptation: actions to manage sea level rises and the impact to our coastline and surrounding communities.
  4. Sustainable transport: actions to support a well-connected city.
  5. Safeguarding and enhancing our natural environment: actions that will support our natural environment and biodiversity.
  6. Strong, healthy community and economy: actions to support our communities, addressing climate justice, to create a thriving city.
  7. Building understanding of climate risk: actions to continue to ensure our understanding of how the climate is changing and the impacts of this to the city are based on the latest climate science.
  8. Governance and risk: actions to drive delivery and partnership working.

Take part in the consultation until 7 April 2024.

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