In January 2007 Fife Council signed up to Scotland’s Climate Change Declaration. This was reaffirmed in February 2018 while committing to the global Covenant of Mayors. Becoming a Covenant of Mayors signatory commits Fife Council to:
- Carry out a Baseline Emissions Inventory and a Climate Change Risk and Vulnerability Assessment;
- Submit a Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan within two years following the above date of the council decision;
- Report progress at least every second year following the submission of the Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan for evaluation, monitoring and verification purposes.
The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 committed Scotland to a 42% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2020 and 80% reduction by 2050. We are committed to reducing carbon emissions and adapting to unavoidable climate change.
Fife Council’s Carbon Footprint
We report on our progress through Pubic Bodies Duties Reporting (PBDR). Through this we measure Fife Council’s Carbon Footprint. As can be seen, most of our carbon footprint is from buildings energy. We are tackling this through a range of measures including:
- Building efficiency improvement works – reducing gas consumption by improving building fabric, better heating controls, implementing Building Energy Management System or upgrading and replacing heating systems
- Light Fife Green – replacing conventional streetlights with low energy LED lights
- Fleet rationalisation – reducing the council’s transport emissions