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Glasgow and Edinburgh race to become first major UK city to reach net zero

ScottishPower, which is working alongside Glasgow City Council, yesterday pledged to make Glasgow the first major UK city to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2045. But within hours of the announcement, Edinburgh City Council swooped in to say that it would be a zero-carbon capital city by 2030.

The energy supplier plans to enforce mass electric vehicle charging within the city which it said will form the cornerstone of its decarbonisation plans.

It aims to install chargers in workplace and public locations to tackle the issue of more than 70pc of residents living in flats with no personal…

Edinburgh will work towards eliminating carbon emissions by 2030 – but Green politicians blasted a 2037 date for the pledge to become fully binding.

The city centre transformation and low emission zone proposals, which were revealed last week, are set to be key to driving carbon usage down in the city. But officers admitted they would need to interrogate the whole picture of the councils policies to be successful.

Local supply chains are expected to be redeveloped for construction and refurbishment in low carbon design while a circular economy could be created – focusing on local production, low waste and increased recycling. More renewable energy will be generated locally.

Earlier this month, the Scottish Government outlined a legally binding target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 at the latest – with Scotland becoming carbon neutral by 2040. Glasgow has pledged to become the first carbon neutral city in the UK, but has not set out a specific target date.

Edinburgh Council leader, Cllr Adam McVey said: We are quite clear the 2030 target should be the target for this organisation and this city – but with a hard limit of 2037.

I think its important that this organisation responds to the challenges we all recognise they are incredibly serious. I think its important that we as a city take our responsibility seriously.

Carbon emissions have reduced in Edinburgh by 33 per cent since 2005 and the council is on course to meet the 2020 target of a 42 per cent reduction.

Campaigners from Transition Edinburgh, appealed to the councils corporate policy and strategy committee to go further and faster to eliminate carbon from the Capital.

A spokesperson added: We need to prioritise environmental and climate actions to safeguard future generations. Net-zero is affordable and we can do it a lot faster than the rest of the UK.

I think its a mistake to say it will cost too much. We are saying a different way of doing business and allocating your resources.

But Conservative group leader Cllr Iain Whyte blasted the lack of details in the strategy as to how the city will become carbon neutral by 2030.

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