Fife Council agreed to declare a climate emergency for Fife on September 26 2019. During Scotland’s Climate Week from 7-13 October, the Council will be highlighting action that residents in Fife can take to play their part in combating the effects of climate change..

A Climate Emergency is a public commitment to de-carbonise as rapidly as possible. Fife Council has committed to set a target for a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 at the latest, this will require a huge transformation in Fife’s communities. There is an urgent need to avoid financial, societal, food chain and eco-system collapse within the lifetime of our children and everyone can contribute.

Fife Council is developing ‘Climate Fife’ a Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP). A consultation on the Climate Fife action plan will be taking place from 21st October – 2nd December 2019.

The action plan will be published in February 2020 and over the next two years projects will be developed in collaboration with the local community to:

  • Move away from fossil fuel vehicles to active travel and low emission transport by the 2030s
  • Reforest land with native trees to absorb greenhouse gases from the atmosphere
  • Reorganise our settlements and daily lives to reduce the need to travel
  • Produce enough renewable energy and biomass to meet our energy needs
  • Find alternatives to gas fired boilers which will no longer be installed after 2032
  • Protect communities, who face the greatest risks from extreme weather and flooding
  • Adapt assets, services, settlements and landscapes to build resilience to existing and future climate extremes
  • Respond to rising sea levels

What can people in Fife do to help combat climate change now?

 

Fife's Climate Change Strategy 2014-2020The Fife Environmental Partnership released Fife’s first Climate Change Strategy 2014-2020. The strategy aims to achieve 6 medium term outcomes:

Reducing Carbon Emissions

  • More efficient use of resources (energy, waste and water)
  • More energy is from low carbon supplies
  • Encourage more sustainable transport and travel including reducing the need to travel
  • Ecosystems are used sustainably and strengthened

 

 

Adapting to Climate Change

  • Places are adapting to cope with Climate Change (including land use, coastlines, buildings and infrastructure)
  • People are adapting to cope with Climate Change