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Climate Change: Physical Science Basis

Climate change

The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 requires public bodies to:

  • contribute to carbon emissions reduction targets
  • contribute to climate change adaptation
  • act sustainably

We expect Scotland’s public bodies to lead by example in combating climate change and making a valuable contribution towards achieving our emissions reduction targets.

View council’s annual climate change duties reports.

Environmental and climate change policy

The Environmental and Climate Change Policy sets out ways in which the council fulfils its commitment to sustainable development and safeguarding the environment, as well as meeting statutory responsibilities laid out in the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.

The policy was approved by the Policy and Resources Committee in November 2016. The policy was reaffirmed by Chief Executive Jim Savege and Council Leader Councillor Jim Gifford in February 2018. It commits the council to leading by example in reducing the impact that its services and functions have on the environment and climate change. This means reducing our greenhouse gases emitted in the provision of services, conserving our natural resources and enhancing the region’s biodiversity to improve the health and well-being of Aberdeenshire residents.