Fife Council are developing Fife’s Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP). There are key objectives within the Fife Community Plan including the need to tackle climate change, reduce carbon emissions, including by Fife Council, and create a healthier fairer Fife for all. Reducing carbon emissions and adapting to climate change are also the key outcomes of the Fife Environmental Partnership and Fife Council’s Climate Change Strategy. The Fife Sustainable Energy Climate Action Plan is an all Fife plan, for communities, business and the third sector.

As a signatory of the global Covenant of Mayors in 2018 Fife Council must submit a Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan within two years. This will:

  • Support transformation in how we use energy at home or work,
  • What to do to prepare for changes in our climate.
  • Set out a where action is needed, and ways to improve opportunities between different priorities.

Local Energy Plans

Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan - Burntisland Community Masterplan

Fife Council wanted to understand how a community in Fife could reduce its carbon footprint by 80%. As part of the development of the Fife Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan, Fife Council in collaboration with the Burntisland local community, the Burntisland Community Development Trust (BCDT) and Resource Efficient Solutions (RES) trialled the setup of a Community Energy Masterplan for Burntisland. This is now available as a community report and a detailed methodology report.

The purpose of this project was to help the local community understand their energy needs and how it could be supplied locally in a low carbon manner. The document will be used to inform the local planning process to help determine development within Burntisland. It will help to ensure that it is consistent with the community’s priorities and wishes to enable Burntisland to transition to a low carbon, high resilience settlement. It will also act as evidence for funding applications.

We increased local energy knowledge and enabled lively discussion from householders on local decisions. This ensured the decisions around energy for Burntisland were locally decided. The final Energy masterplan options were presented to the town in March 2017. The community also defined what projects they were interested in taking forward within the next steps workshop.