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1 Scotland s Climate Change Declaration Stirling Council Annual Statement April 2010 March 2011

2 Declaration Annual Statement 2010 to 2011 Each of Scotland s 32 local authorities signed Scotland s Climate Change Declaration (see back page) in early The Declaration is a public statement where local authorities acknowledge the reality and implications of climate change and their responsibility to respond effectively. The Declaration also welcomes the actions of the UK and Scottish governments and the opportunities for local authorities to work in partnership with others in responding to climate change. As signatories to the Declaration, each Scottish local authority is committed to taking action across a range of key areas. These can be summarised as: 1. Providing effective leadership, governance and management on climate change. 2. Reducing the local authority s own corporate greenhouse gas emissions from their estate, services and functions. 3. Taking action to reduce emissions from the local authority area 4. Assessing the risks of climate change impacts and working with others to adapt to the impacts of climate change. 5. Developing effective partnership working and climate change communications, including producing an annual statement of plans, activities and achievements. This Reporting Template focuses on these five key areas. The principles of effective Declaration reporting include: Providing clear, consistent and comparable information. Linking climate change reporting with existing reporting requirements and the Council s own performance improvement agenda. Showing clearly how climate change is being integrated into Council and Community Planning agendas, especially through Single Outcome Agreements. Highlighting key achievements and initiatives Communicating with the community, making the report easy to understand and available to the public. In order to make reporting on the Declaration as effective and efficient as possible, local authorities are encouraged to use this reporting template to report top-level information and to use web-link references to more detailed information. They are also encouraged to provide information in a transparent and easy to understand format and to make reference to previous Declaration reports, especially making reference to the year-ahead priorities listed in those reports. This will help in showing continuity and year-on-year progress. In reporting on the Declaration, local authorities are encouraged to recognise the importance of the UK Climate Change Act, the Climate Change (Scotland) Act, national targets for emissions reduction and the evolving Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Framework. Also of use is the internationally recognised Greenhouse Gas Protocol for consistent reporting of corporate emissions. Reported data relates to financial year 2010/11. This Annual Statement will be sent to the Sustainable Scotland Network (SSN) which co-ordinates submission of local authority climate change reporting on behalf of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (CoSLA) and the Scottish Government.

3 Update on priorities for 2010/11 Section Priority Position 1.1 Ongoing delivery of 5-year Council Carbon Management Plan. In progress 1.2 Register and prepare for the CRC Energy Emissions Scheme Completed 1.3 Develop a Climate Change and a Peak Oil Adaptation Action Plan Not progressed In progress 1.4 Ensure Climate Change and Sustainability are embedded within the Council s processes and operations 2.1 Ongoing monitoring of progress in delivering the Carbon Management In progress Plan. 2.2 First assessment of CMP progress reported to Council Executive, Completed October Take part in the Carbon Trust s Carbon Management Revisited project Completed between September 2010 & March 2011 to review and refine the existing Plan and projects. 2.4 Develop a programme to advance the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme. In progress 2.5 Review and update the Council s Energy Policy. Not progressed 2.6 Review accommodation requirements to rationalise number of Council Completed buildings. 3.1 Deliver a Low Carbon Stirling public engagement campaign In progress 3.2 Complete roll-out of food waste diversion programme. In progress 3.3 Support delivery of the Home Insulation Scheme across the Council In progress area. 3.4 Progress the Local Development Plan. In progress 3.5 Update the Council Waste Strategy In progress 3.6 Support the Stirling Walkable City concept In progress 4.1 Give a series of presentations to Council Service Management Teams on sustainable development issues, including climate change adaptation. Completed 4.2 Undertake a local Weather Impacts Profile In progress 4.3 Develop a Multi-agency Climate Change and a Peak Oil Adaptation Plan by December Not progressed 4.4 Work with Community Planning Partners to develop and deliver In progress relevant actions through the SOA. 5.1 Deliver a Low Carbon Stirling public engagement campaign in In progress partnership with Going Carbon Neutral Stirling. 5.2 Progress climate change through the SOA/Community Planning In progress process. 5.3 Continue discussions with Services and Community Planning Partners to explore issues and lead towards development of a Climate Change and a Peak Oil Adaptation Plan by December In progress 5.4 Deliver energy awareness-raising/training as one of the projects in the Carbon Management Plan through participation in the Carbon Trust s local authority energy awareness campaign ( ). In progress

4 Section 1 Governance, Leadership and Management Please describe and illustrate the leadership, governance and management of climate change by Stirling Council Governance arrangements have remained largely unchanged since the previous reporting period. Council Executive has appointed a Portfolio-holder for Environment, which also includes overview of sustainable development and climate change issues. A cross-party Strategic Forum to consider Sustainability, Economy & Environment issues was established in early 2010 and met 5 times during the 2010/11 financial year. The Assistant Chief Executive for Sustainability, Economy & Environment is the designated lead officer for corporate sustainable development and climate change issues. Co-ordination of the Council s commitments under Scotland s Climate Change Declaration is part of the remit of the Policy Officer (Sustainability), based in the Chief Executive s Office. The Council Strategic Plan, Shaping Stirling 2014, and second SOA (signed by Community Planning Partners in August 2009) both include Make Stirling more Sustainable as a Strategic Theme. Local outcomes in this SOA include a reduced Council area eco-footprint and a sustained reduction in local carbon emissions: Council Management Team considers issues relating to Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Carbon Reduction as appropriate, agreeing what action is required in Services, including the need to mainstream sustainability, climate change and carbon reduction. Issues requiring political approval or involving policy change are considered by Elected Members at the appropriate Committee. Section 1 Priorities for 2011/ Reporting on relevant areas of the Single Outcome Agreement and Strategic Plan. 1.2 Development of procedures to ensure Climate Change and Sustainability are embedded within the Council s processes and operations. 1.3 Ongoing delivery of the Council s Carbon Management Plan. 1.4 Continued reporting on the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Emissions Scheme. 1.5 Raise the profile of sustainability and climate change issues within the Council, partners and the wider community.

5 Section 2 Reducing the Council s own direct greenhouse gas emissions from the estate and services. Carbon Management Plan (CMP) Working with the Carbon Trust, the Council adopted its first Carbon Management Plan (CMP) in June 2009 and agreed a revised Plan in October documents/temporary-uploads/chief-executivesoffice/2011ovfcarbonmanagementplan.pdf. The latest Plan includes a target of a minimum 20% reduction in carbon dioxide equivalent (CO 2e ) gases from the baseline year of 2006/07 by April This is equivalent to a reduction of 8,000 tonnes of CO 2e. Total baseline emissions were estimated at 40,151 tco 2e and these are estimated to have reduced by 3,177 tco 2e to 36,974 tco 2e, a reduction of 8%, during 2010/11. However, as well as reporting emissions directly related to Council activities the Carbon Management Plan also includes indirect emissions from biodegradable waste collected from across the area. Such emissions reduction activity relates to action taken to reduce emissions from the Council area, and so will be reported in Section 3. When emissions from waste are removed from the figures, greenhouse gas emissions from the Council s estate and services are as outlined in Table 1 below: Table 1. Breakdown of emissions by source over time Category Baseline year 2006/ /11 % Total Carbon Contribution Emissions to Total (tco 2e ) Total Carbon Emissions (tco 2e ) Change since 2006/07 (tco 2e ) % change from the baseline Buildings 16,052 68% 17,810 +1, Street lighting 3,240 14% 3, Transport of which: 4,450 18% 3,338-1, Fleet Transport (3,777) (16%) (3,132) (-645) (-17) Business Travel (673) (3%) (206) (-467) (-69) TOTAL 23, % 24,760 +1, Building Energy Reporting in previous years saw a steady increase in gas use by the new school estate and The Peak leisure facility but this was halted during 2010/11 with a reduction in both gas and electricity use. Current emissions are, however, still greater than in the baseline year (by 11%) and additional building energy projects, combined with rationalisation of the estate and a drive to change energy use behaviour, will all need to play a part in bringing emissions from buildings nearer to target. Street lighting Emissions from street lighting have seen a steady year on year increase (by 11%) since the baseline year due to an increase in the number of lights installed. Whilst the efficiency of new lamps may have improved, this has not been sufficient to offset the increased number of lights. In order to reduce total emissions from street lighting more creative policy proposals need to be found. These need to include a combination, wherever possible, of reducing the number of lights installed in new developments, reducing the number of existing lights lit, and an increased rate of installing variable lighting technology. Transport Emissions from Council transport have decreased significantly (by 25%) since 2006/07. Overall Employee Business Travel has seen a huge decrease thanks to the removal

6 of car user allowances and a move to pool cars. However, as this was such a small element of the baseline (3%), impact on the emissions reduction target is limited. With regard to Fleet Transport, despite removal of car user allowances and the move from personal to pool cars, there has been a steady decrease in fuel use by the Council fleet since the baseline year due to a combination of increased efficiency and behaviour change. Delivery of projects linked to fleet (i.e. higher efficiency standards for vehicles, speed limiters on vans and driver training) have helped to improve the fleet s contribution to the Council s reduction target, as has purchase of additional Smart cars to replace use of larger, hired hatchbacks. Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme came into effect in 2010 and requires Stirling Council to pay a tax of 12/tonne of CO 2 emitted from core energy supply to buildings. The first payment through the scheme will be based on emissions in 2010 and amounts to 196,000, due to be paid in October The first annual CRC performance league table, with ranking based on energy management and efforts to improve energy efficiency, was published in November For the 2010/11 footprint year, Stirling was ranked 16th out of 27 participating Scottish Councils. The Big Move In October 2010, a review of the Council s city centre office accommodation led Councillors to agree to a number of proposals to rationalise those offices and consider different ways of working. These changes began with the temporary closure of the Municipal Buildings from March 2011 and refurbishment of this and other office accommodation will create more flexible, modern office environments for occupation in The Big Move will see significant reductions in office and storage space with open plan offices, laptop touchdown areas, central printing areas, and more staff taking up flexible working practices. The energy performance of the refurbished buildings should be greatly improved by increased insulation, draughtproofing and replacement of poorly insulated windows. Energy Awareness Campaign The Council has developed a 3-year Energy Awareness Campaign that makes use of advice and materials provided by the Carbon Trust and builds on campaign successes from elsewhere. The campaign is one of the projects in the Council s Carbon Management Plan and is being organised by a small team of officers with the intention of engaging the support of a number of energy champions who will take the campaign message out across Services. Short information sessions will also be delivered to selected groups of employees, such as head teachers, facilities management and cleaning staff. Provided the campaign team and energy champions receive the support they need and energy reduction messages are regularly reinforced the campaign has the potential to reduce energy use in buildings by 10% or more. Section 2 Priorities for 2011/ Adopt revised Carbon Management Plan October Ongoing monitoring and reporting of progress in delivering the Plan. 2.3 Review and update the Council s Energy Policy. 2.4 Adopt annual energy reduction targets for gas and electricity use in buildings. 2.5 Allocate 100,000 Carbon Reduction Commitment budget to support capital works to reduce emissions from Council properties. 2.6 Carry out a baseline energy survey of employees and establish a network of energy champions as elements of the energy awareness campaign. 2.7 Deliver energy awareness sessions to selected groups of staff. 2.8 Investigate the potential for renewable energy generation from the Council estate. 2.9 Establish transport budget workstream to make further efficiencies in transport and fuel use.

7 Section 3 Taking action to reduce emissions from the Stirling Council area What are the local authority area-wide emissions? Care is needed when stating area-wide emissions as different methods of estimation are used by different organisations and figures can change as more sophisticated estimation and measurement techniques are adopted, making direct comparisons problematic. One of the most frequently used sources of information is provided by central government and is the most up-to-date information available to local government. Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) estimates DECC uses a methodology where emissions associated with the production and processing of fuels (including electricity) are allocated to the end user. This excludes aviation, shipping, exports, offshore oil and gas and embodied emissions associated with imported goods and services. Revised Local Authority area Carbon Dioxide figures for the years were published by DECC in September The figures reported in this Section are a subset of the sectors used in the full dataset and are emissions within the scope of influence of local authorities (a dataset previously used for National Indicator (NI) 186). This dataset removes emissions from motorways, diesel railways, land use, land use change & forestry (LULUCF), and industrial installations subject to EU Emissions Trading Schemes. This provides a picture of per capita emissions that local authorities are seen as having the potential to influence. Year Industry & Commercial (kt) Table 2. Stirling area CO2 emissions Domestic (kt) Road Transport (kt) Total (kt) Population (000s, midyear estimate) Per capita Emissions (t) % Change Data in Table 2 above shows that per capita emissions for the Stirling area reduced by just under 15% between 2005 and 2009, the 5 th largest reduction in Scotland after Fife, Aberdeen City, Glasgow City & West Lothian Council areas. At 8.8 tonnes, however, per capita emissions are still significantly higher than the Scottish average of 6.8 tonnes and are the 3 rd highest in Scotland, after Highland (9.7t) and Moray (9.6t). The areas with the lowest per capita emissions are East Dunbartonshire (5.0t), East Renfrewshire (5.1t) and Glasgow City (5.4t).

8 What is Stirling Council doing to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from the local authority area and its communities? Carbon Management Plan As reported in Section 2 above, Stirling Council adopted a revised Carbon Management Plan in October 2011 and this includes monitoring indirect emissions from biodegradable waste collected from across the area. During 2010/11, emissions from this component had decreased significantly since 2006/07 (by 26%) through a range of recycling and composting initiatives aimed at diverting biodegradable waste from landfill. Since the baseline year, 4,700 tco 2e are estimated to have been removed from the area s emissions total: an annual average reduction of emissions from biodegradable waste of 6%. Diversion of food waste is in the Plan s project register and emissions reduction from all waste collections will continue to play an important role in contributing to meeting the Council s 20% emissions reduction target. Additional project work Work with Going Carbon Nuetral Stirling on a Low Carbon Stirling Campaign. Promotion of Park & Ride schemes, Core Paths Plan and support of Local Access Forum. Provision of home energy advice and associated practical work. Development of Travel Plans, promotion of public transport information and Stirling Liftshare scheme. Emissions reduction policies incorporated into the Local Development Plan. Design and procurement of Huntly Crescent mass timber mixed use development as part of Scottish Sustainable Cities Initiative in Raploch to be completed spring Support of the Eco-schools programme. Investment in the Council Housing stock to improve energy efficiency and reduce fuel poverty Section 3 Priorities for 2011/ Continued delivery of a Low Carbon Stirling public engagement campaign. 3.2 Complete roll-out of food waste diversion programme. 3.3 Support delivery of the Home Insulation Scheme across the Council area. 3.4 Progress the Local Development Plan. 3.5 Update the Council Waste Strategy. 3.6 Support the Stirling Walkable City concept.

9 Section 4 Assessing the risks of climate change impacts and working with others to adapt to the impacts of climate change. What is Stirling Council doing to adapt to climate change? Preliminary work on developing a local Weather Impacts Profile (WIP) began in late Extreme weather events have an impact on the Council s assets and ability to deliver services by affecting both natural and built environments. A local WIP is a tool that helps organisations to better understand their exposure to weather and climate by considering the more extreme weather events that have affected an area in the recent past usually a 10-year period and analysing service responses. The process requires that severe weather events, impacts and consequences are identified, recorded and assessed. By focussing on extreme weather impacts and the responses by organisations to such events a WIP can highlight potential vulnerabilities that may become more common in the future as such events become more frequent as a result of a changing climate. As highlighted in previous Annual Statements, the Council has commissioned a number of flood mapping studies based on a combination of LiDAR (Light Detection & Ranging) information and topographical surveys and related reports are available in the offices of the Council s hydrologists. The Council s Planning Service routinely require Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) drainage for development and request a drainage assessment if nothing is included in drawings submitted. The main over-arching 5-point policy in the draft Local Development Plan (LDP) includes a requirement for all developments, land use changes and other proposals, plus related masterplans, site briefs, strategies, etc, to demonstrate the following: (c) appropriate measures for mitigation of and adaptation to climate change One of the 18 draft Primary Policies in the LDP currently focuses on Flood avoidance & management, sea-level rise, SuDS, safety margins, erosion & landslips. Section 4 Priorities for 2011/ Complete a local Weather Impacts Profile. 4.2 Develop Multi-agency Climate Change and Peak Oil Adaptation Plans. 4.3 Work with Community Planning Partners to develop and deliver relevant actions through the SOA as a contribution to their Climate Change Duties. 4.4 Develop Flood Risk Response Service contingency plans

10 Section 5 Developing effective partnership working and climate change communications, including producing an annual statement of plans, activities and achievements. Describe Stirling Council s partnership working on climate change With Scottish Government - participating in training sessions, seminars and workshops and responding to consultations. Within the Community Planning Partnership, an Environment Partnership has been established to take forward a number of actions aimed at Making Stirling a Place with a High Quality Environment. These have connections with Climate Change and Sustainability, for example, encouraging greater use of active travel and public transport. A second Partnership, Stirling Economic Partnership, has identified Low Carbon Economy as a key theme to be addressed as Stirling plans for a vibrant and resilient economy into the future. Officer and Member involvement with a number of relevant national groups and networks to exchange information and expertise: Sustainable Scotland Network, Scottish Energy Officers Network, CoSLA Climate Change Task Group and CoSLA Regeneration & Sustainable Development Executive Group. Work with Going Carbon Neutral Stirling ( particularly on a Low Carbon Stirling Campaign (see below) Officer and Member liaison with relevant local groups and networks, including Blane Valley Carbon Neutral, Callander & Climate Change Group, Fintry Development Trust, Killin Cutting Carbon, Low Carbon Raploch Project, Sustainable Dunblane, Transition Stirling, Area Community Planning Forums, and so on. Describe what Stirling Council has done on climate change communications Press releases regarding relevant initiatives to local and national media. Regular articles in the Council magazine delivered to every household. In-house e-newsletter circulated to Officers and Members involved with various sustainable development groups and initiatives from March 2009 to August Information on climate change is available on the Council web-site: Established a Low Carbon Stirling campaign web-site: Participated in WWF s annual Earth Hour Campaign, March Describe what Stirling Council has done to build capacity on climate change internally, with partners and/or with the community In April 2010, Council Executive approved a 2-year Low Carbon Stirling public information and engagement campaign to be delivered in partnership with Going Carbon Neutral Stirling (GCNS) Activities in the first year of the Campaign included: A Sustainability Summit in September 2010 that provided a networking opportunity for local groups involved in various sustainability activities; A Renewable Energy Fair in November 2010 that included exhibitions from energy advisors, renewables installers and energy suppliers; Two seminars in early 2011 that considered the potential for micro-renewables in historic and traditional buildings; Making 48 energy monitors available for loan to the public through the library service; and Initial planning for an Edible Borders project where traditional flower borders will be planted

11 with vegetables and herbs. Section 5 Priorities for 2011/ Deliver the 2 nd year of a Low Carbon Stirling public engagement campaign in partnership with GCNS. 5.2 Progress climate change activity through the SOA/Community Planning process. 5.3 Continue discussions with Services and Community Planning Partners to explore issues and lead towards development of a Climate Change and Peak Oil Adaptation Plan. 5.4 Deliver energy awareness-raising/training as one of the projects in the Carbon Management Plan through participation in the Carbon Trust s local authority energy awareness campaign. Climate Change Progress Highlights of 2010/11 Please use the following section to highlight Stirling Council s main climate change achievements in the past year. This can include processes, plans, projects, partnerships, events, investments, actions; anything considered a highlight climate change achievement by the local authority in the past year Continued high levels of recycling and landfill waste diversion by Stirling s citizens and communities - including roll out of food waste recycling - contributing to significant carbon emissions reductions. Commencing production of a local Weather Impacts Profile. Delivery of the first year of a 2-year Low Carbon Stirling public engagement campaign.

12 Scotland s Climate Change Declaration We acknowledge that Climate change is occurring and human activities are having a significant negative and potentially dangerous influence. Climate change will have far reaching effects on Scotland s people and places, impacting on our economy, society and environment. There are significant social, economic and environmental benefits in taking action to combat and prepare for climate change. We all in Scotland have duties and responsibilities to take action to both mitigate and adapt to climate change, and to promote the sustainable development and wellbeing of our local communities. We welcome the Scottish and UK climate change programmes and targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Opportunity for local government in particular and other agencies, businesses, voluntary and community organisations and individuals to show leadership at a local level to respond to climate change. Opportunity to address climate change by promoting the sustainable development of our local communities. We commit Stirling Council from 16 January 2007 to: Work with the Scottish Government and the UK Government to contribute to the delivery of Scotland s and the UK s climate change programmes, including to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to future climate change scenarios. Produce and publicly declare a plan, with targets and time-scales, to achieve a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from our own operations. This will include our energy use and sourcing, travel and transportation, waste production and disposal, estate management, procurement of goods and services, and improved staff awareness. Ensure that greenhouse gas reduction and climate change adaptation measures are clearly incorporated into our new and existing strategies, plans and programmes, in line with sustainable development principles. Assess the risks and opportunities for our services and our communities of predicted climate change scenarios and impacts, and take action to adapt accordingly and in line with sustainable development principles. Encourage and work with others in our local community to take action to adapt to the impact of climate change, to reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions and to make public their commitment to action. Publish an annual statement on the monitoring and progress of our climate change response, detailing targets set, actions taken, outcomes achieved and further actions required. Collaborate with other organisations to promote good practice on climate change mitigation and adaptation. We acknowledge the increasing impact that climate change will have on our community, Scotland and other countries during the 21st Century and commit to tackling the causes and effects of a changing climate within our local area. Signatories Council Leader and Chief Executive Scottish Ministers welcome this declaration and will work in partnership with the signatories and their representatives to support the delivery of these commitments. Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth

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