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Council plans net-zero emissions within a decade

A local authority has announced plans to hit net-zero carbon emissions within a decade.

At a cabinet meeting this week, North Ayrshire Council’s elected members agreed to a range of measures, including working with higher education establishments to develop a solar farm while pursuing other ways of creating renewable energy.

Recognising that it will not be able to hit net-zero without absorbing carbon, the council is already looking for land and funding to begin tree planting projects.

The council, which since 2005 has reduced carbon emissions by almost 40%, recently declared a climate emergency.

Councillor Jim Montgomerie, cabinet member for place, said: “This report sets out our ambitions and how we are determined to make a difference.

“To have net-zero carbon emissions by 2030 is ambitious but we feel it is achievable and what is required. We employ over 6,000 staff, have over 700 buildings in the council’s estate, together with a social housing stock of over 13,000. The council also has an extensive fleet of over 500 vehicles – so we are therefore well placed to work in a sustainable manner and lead by example.

“We need buy-in from staff, partners and local businesses to see change really happening. Thankfully we have had lots of support and hopefully there will be even more over the coming weeks and months.

“We are working on a number of innovative schemes that we are confident will make a huge difference as we tackle this escalating problem.”