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A step change - Aberdeen city council's leadership for a low-carbon economy

From EPSA - European Public Sector Award

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The challenges of a low-carbon economy are economic, environmental and social. This is true for Aberdeen, the UK’s northernmost city. Aberdeen is an internationally significant city renowned as an Energy hub for the past 30 years. It is also the commercial centre that drives the North East of Scotland’s regional economy. This influence has enabled a rise in both living standards in the region and income levels that have been considerably above the UK and Scottish averages. In recent times there have been significant engineering developments such as the manufacture of renewable technology using Aberdeen as the base.

The Aberdeen City Council takes seriously the European Union signals regarding the environment and in particular Climate Change. In 2001 it agreed and started implementing its Local Agenda 21 Action Plan, Agenda 21 being the United Nations’ action plan for Sustainable Development. It focused particularly on climate change, procurement, fair trade, global footprinting, construction, waste, biodiversity and community awareness. Adopting Agenda 21 has seen the Council’s own corporate policy pre-empting National (UK and Scottish) and even EU policies.

Moving towards a low-carbon economy has been Aberdeen City Council’s aim for more than 12 years. Before required, the Council aimed to meet the environmental challenges that lay ahead by identifying opportunities to make improvements. The Council has opted to take a ‘leadership by example’ role for the city by being an early implementer of UN initiatives. It is working with other European partners to learn and change, as well as developing policy and practical examples to benefit the city, service users and tenants. The Council has also delivered innovative infrastructure and community initiatives to advance its position under its continuing Carbon Management Plan and a plethora of evolving strategies, programmes, policies and plans. This places the Council in an advantageous position to address Europe 2020.

Award info
Award category: going green
Award type: diploma
Award year: 2011
Project type
Sector: Public administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reform
Type of activity:
Keywords: Climate change, low carbon economy, energy, strategy, implementation
Short English description: The Aberdeen City Council takes seriously the European Union signals regarding the environment and in particular Climate Change.
Further information
Organisation: Aberdeen City Council
Other applicants:
Homepage: http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk
Level of government: local level
Size of organisation: >100
Number of people involved: >15
Country: United Kingdom
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
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