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Think Green

Green Policies and Reports

This section details the policies and reports that represent the council's environmental responsibilities and actions.

East Renfrewshire Council acknowledges it has a responsibility to balance social, economic and environmental objectives and to ensure the wellbeing and sustainability of future generations. Sustainable development in its widest context is addressed by East Renfrewshire Council through the Single Outcome Agreement, the Outcome Delivery Plan that underpins this, the Corporate Statement, the Local Development Plan and other high level plans that form the outcome delivery framework.

Environmental sustainability

Our Think Green campaign forms part of our new Strategy & Action plan on 'Environmental Sustainability'.

Environmental Sustainability - is the protection, conservation and enhancement of our natural environment and its diversity. Other words and phrases applied in this context include: green; eco, ecological; environmentally friendly; and natural; etc.'

We take such measures seriously and our efforts are detailed within the following documents:

  • The Environmental Sustainability Strategy 2015/16 - 2017/18 strengthens the council's commitment to the environmental aspects of sustainable development. This strategy complements other council strategies that are in place to address the social and economic aspects The council's carbon management and climate change commitments are incorporated within this strategy and the accompanying action plan.
  • The Environmental Sustainability Action Plan 2015/16 - 2017/18 details the specific activities that will be undertaken; it will be used to monitor progress towards addressing environmental sustainability, climate change and carbon reduction. The Action Plan has been split into three distinct themes: Sustainable Council, Sustainable Environment and Sustainable Communities.

Climate change

Climate Change continues to be a key area of public concern. It is now widely acknowledged that climate change is occurring, is caused by increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and that this is at least partly due to human activities.

Scottish climate change targets, set out within the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, are broadly summarised as a 42% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and an 80% reduction by 2050, compared with the 1990 baseline. This legislation is considered to be one of the most ambitious climate change policies anywhere in the world; exceeding the commitments in the UK Climate Change Act 2008 and the Kyoto protocol.

Legally binding Public Bodies Duties are now in place as part of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 which require local authorities as "Major Players" to contribute to climate change mitigation (reduce greenhouse gas emissions) and adaptation (prepare for anticipated changes in the climate) and to act in a way considered most sustainable to support delivery of these ambitious targets.

The Environmental Sustainability Strategy and Action Plan 2015/16 - 2017/18 are East Renfrewshire Council's response to the Public Bodies' Duties.

Mandatory Climate Change Reporting

As of 2016, public bodies must actively report on their efforts to tackle climate change and also provide details on projects that they are undertaking to achieve this.

Our current report can be found here:

Scotland's climate change declaration (SCCD)

Scotland's Climate Change Declaration was developed in 2006 by the Sustainable Scotland Network in partnership with the Scottish Government, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE) Scotland, and others. The Declaration was launched in January 2007.

By April 2007, all 32 local authorities had signed the Declaration, recognising the role they play in responding to the challenge of climate change.

By signing the declaration, the councils' commitment to action requires that they pledge both to mitigate their impact on climate change and to adapt to predicted climate change impacts. The Declaration also contains a strong commitment to sustainable development.

Local authorities are also required to issue an annual report detailing the progress of their climate change response. Here are our carbon reports for the last 5 years:

Carbon reduction commitment (CRC) reporting

The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme is a UK government scheme. It's designed to improve energy efficiency and cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in private and public sector organisations that are high energy users.  In Scotland it is regulated by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

Local authorities are required to issue an annual CRC report, here are our reports for the last 4 years:

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