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Community Engagement in the 2030 Climate Strategy 7.30-9.00pm Thur 12 Aug

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Make your voice heard / contribute your ideas to the Implementation Plan: Civil Society Roundtable to review what's needed in final plan

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3rd Roundtable on CEC Climate Strategy

7.30pm - 9.00pm Thursday 12 Aug 2021

The Draft 2030 Climate Strategy is open for public consultation until 12 September.

Facing the Climate+Nature Emergency our focus is on: How to best engage with citizens and civil society?

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This follows our August 2020 Roundtable we hosted with the Council. See the Report HERE with Visions shared HERE and Questions HERE.

Background Documents to read before participating:

Transition Edinburgh www.transitionedinburgh.org.uk

The following is from The Edinburgh Reporter:

"This plan will include a framework of action required on the part of the council, citizens and businesses in the city and responds to work by the Edinburgh Climate Commission. One of the asks is that everyone in the city, particularly small and medium sized businesses, should sign up to the Edinburgh Climate Compact which will commit individual organisations to transition to net zero. The plan will dovetail in with all other council policies such as the City Mobility Plan and the 2030 City Plan.

The six main principles of the draft plan are:

  1. Ensuring a Just Transition to net zero which focuses on fair work and tackling poverty and inequality in Edinburgh.
  2. Preventing future emissions and adapting Edinburgh to the unavoidable impacts of climate change.
  3. Creating 20-minute neighbourhoods where every day needs and services can be met locally.
  4. Improving the energy efficiency of Edinburgh’s buildings helping to reduce citywide emissions and energy demand as well as operational and maintenance costs.
  5. Ensuring Edinburgh’s energy infrastructure can support an increase in demand to the city’s electricity supply, whilst also assessing the suitability of new green energy sources.
  6. Working with Scottish Government to create the right conditions and support for citizens and businesses to make the practical changes they need to the way they live and work to become more sustainable.

A twelve week consultation runs until 12 September 2021, seeking views from individuals and organisations in the city about the plan and also the action which can be taken.

The main areas where action is needed is improvement in air quality, protection of our green spaces, priority given to active travel measures including investment in walking and cycling routes connecting local services and amenities, and the creation of warm good quality homes. The new strategy document will respond to the demands of the City Vision in which citizens concluded they wanted Edinburgh to be Thriving, Welcoming, Pioneering and Fair.

The council is keen that communication to residents is at the forefront of the plan working and they will run a series of campaigns on sustainability and working with young people to ensure change from COP26 in November.

The council hopes that by developing the plan this year that citizens in Edinburgh will be better informed as well as involved in taking some positive action.

Some of the specifics

The council has an Active Travel plan and the active travel network will be given priority as one of the ways to reduce emissions – and more cost effective than supporting electric charging points until more work is done by the energy providers.

Ensuring 20-minute neighbourhoods support the aims of reducing emissions and using local energy

A Climate Delivery Group will be established comprising Chief Executives in the city developing collective action and a framework of net zero carbon projects which can be invested in.

The council will continue to lobby The Scottish Government about the introduction of the Workplace Parking Levy. Read more about what that is here.

There will be two net zero pilot areas in the city, as yet to be determined, and hopefully using external funding.

There is to be a new net zero development at Granton Waterfront with annexed coastal park, where some of the plan will be put into action.

The council is working towards creating Low Emission Zones in the city.

The Local Plan which will be finalised later this year will ensure that any new developments will be decarbonised as far as possible, and that development will take place on brownfield sites first ahead of any in the green belt. This will ensure that new homes can use public transport already in place.

Electric vehicle charging hubs will be created for public service vehicles which will also be available to residents at key times and in key locations

Last mile delivery for freight and goods is being investigated. This is the use of smaller vehicles bringing goods from central hubs in the outskirts of the city, right down to cargo bikes, hand carts and trolleys.

Retrofitting council homes and public buildings to reduce energy demand and tackle fuel poverty. The council has a programme under consideration which will take a whole house retrofit approach, ensuring that the heating, ventilation and carbon footprint of council homes produce as low carbon emissions as possible."

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Organiser Transition Edinburgh

Organiser of Community Engagement in the 2030 Climate Strategy 7.30-9.00pm Thur 12 Aug

Transition Edinburgh is the community-led local initiative connecting individuals and groups with practical projects for a greener, fairer, healthier and more resilient Edinburgh.

Our vision is a more sustainable, more equal and less destructive of the natural environment capital city than experienced before the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Our working groups show what is possible and showcase inspiring sustainable projects of other groups and individuals here and around the world.

Our Pathways to Climate Neutral Edinburgh 2030 gives examples of appropriate technologies and activities that exist in our city.

Our activities include:

Awareness raising through events, which include workshops, discussions and idea sharing, newsletters and exhibitions

Working groups which demonstrate that we practice what we preach

Promoting wider community action by engaging with local and national government on projects and policy development.

As a voluntary organisation we always welcome new volunteers and supporters, especially those looking to be actively involved in advancing our objectives. Please email us on Edinburgh[at]transition.scot

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