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Climate change is caused by greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere, most notably from the burning of fossil fuels (such as coal, oil and gas) for energy generation, industry and transport.
The effects of climate change vary across the world, with some of the most severe impacts - such as food and water shortages and the spread of diseases such as malaria - affecting the developing world. In Scotland, research indicates that climate change is likely to mean higher temperatures throughout the year, reduced rainfall in summer and increased winter rainfall, less snow and more unpredictable and extreme weather conditions, resulting in increased flooding, drought, wind damage and heatwaves.
You can find out more about what climate change means for Scotland on the Scotland's Environment website and you can read responses to some common climate myths (pdf) that have been compiled by the Sustainable Scotland Network .
At Clackmannanshire Council, we are working to meet the needs of those who live and work in the area. However, this must be achieved in a sustainable way, without compromising the ability of those who live and work here in the future to meet their needs.
Sustainability is about finding a balance between our economic, environmental and social needs. We will work towards achieving economic development as long as it brings with it improved quality of life, and enables us to protect and enhance our environment, We are focusing our efforts on the social and environmental factors that contribute to fulfilled and satisfied lives.
One of our biggest issues to address is climate change: the Earth's climate is changing as a result of human activity, and we need to both mitigate this change and adapt to its consequences. The challenge is to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, which are the main source of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming. We also need to consider how we will deal with more extreme weather, and how our plant and animal species will cope with more extreme seasons.
At a Council meeting held on Thursday 19th August, 2021, Clackmannanshire Council unanimously passed Council Leader Ellen Forson’s motion recognising that climate change is one of the most serious challenges facing communities here in Clackmannanshire and across the world.
As part of this, the Council agreed to develop a comprehensive Climate Change Strategy within the next 12 months which will deliver a framework to ensure that all strategic decisions, budgets and approaches to planning decisions are in line with a shift to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045.
Developing the Climate Change Strategy will not only be about actions to avert the serious impact of Climate Change on the local community, it will also lead to the production of plans to build a more sustainable and eco-friendly society within Clackmannanshire for everyone in to enjoy.
In the process of moving to net zero, Clackmannanshire will aim to create thousands of new jobs and investment opportunities in renewable energy, recycling and Climate Change management.
The Council is already taking steps to tackle Climate Change and has established an enviable record in delivering sustainability, including :
Carbon reduction and climate change mitigation projects
Securing £19,012,989 of Scottish Government funding to improve the energy efficiency of homes in Clackmannanshire and in the process
producing 292,667.75 Lifetime Total CO2 Savings (Tonnes).
Street Lighting Upgrade/Dimming of Street lights to 75% luminance between midnight and 6.00 a.m
Saving 1,600,415 (KWH) in energy consumption and in the process helping to make savings of to £113,700 in energy costs for the Council.
Sustainable Transport review
Roads & Transportation is working to produce a spatial framework for the delivery of our off-road walking and cycling network linking all of our communities and linking to the wider Forth Valley area.
City Regional Deal – Scottish International Environment Centre (SIEC) –SIEC will deliver transformational change in business practice, in order that the protection and enhancement of our natural resources becomes an enabler of economic prosperity, inclusive growth, and wellbeing.
The Council and all those with responsibility for delivering its services, at every level, have a duty to make sure that we are acting sustainably and with a long-term vision of how our actions now will affect the lives of those in the future.
Our legacy aims to pass on a better Clackmannanshire to the next generation - a place where people can thrive, live healthy and fulfilling lives, and enjoy their environment.
All climate reports published since it became a requirement under the Climate Change Act are available via the Sustainable Scotland Network website.
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