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Midlothian Council

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… priorities. It supports continuing the practice of working from home (introduced because of Pandemic) and promotes a carbon neutral approach to the workplace. New Emissions legislation (October 2019) commits the Scottish Government to achieving Net Zero Carbon status by 2045. This puts into context the scale of the challenge facing the Council and the transformational nature of the change required…

… The declaration in April 2019 by the Scottish Government of a “Climate Emergency”, based on the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2) report and the UK Committee on Climate Change (3) report (both 2019), brings into sharp focus the scale of the problem and the urgency for action. If there is no further action on climate change then we will reach the predicted 1.5ºC increase in global…

… Edinburgh City Bypass forms much of the boundary between Midlothian and Edinburgh and provides east/west connections with East Lothian, west Edinburgh and beyond. The close proximity of Edinburgh results in a strong employment and cultural attraction to the City resulting in a high level of out commuting. 3. Legislation 3.1 Midlothian was an early signatory to the Scottish Government's Climate…

… Change declaration in 2007. This was a voluntary agreement that committed the Council to working with the Scottish and UK Governments to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, taking steps to adapt to the impact of climate change, and working with communities on the issue. 3.2 On 31 October 2019 The Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019 became law. It amends…

… gases. It is Scotland’s target to reduce all sector emissions to net zero by 2045. Table 1 Scotland's Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Gas and Scottish Government Sector 2018 (values in metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e))e) Fluorinated Gases Nitrous Oxide MethaneCarbon Dioxide % Share Total Sector 1.23.26.330.9100%41.6Total 0.00.10.014.735.614.8Transport 10 The extent…

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