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Edinburgh becomes 100th Council to Sign 10:10 Climate Change Initiative

posted 17 Dec 2009, 06:42 by myEdinburgh Admin
On Wednesday 9 December, the City of Edinburgh Council became the 100th Council to sign up to an important campaign which aims to reduce carbon emissions by ten percent by 2010.

Council Leader, Councillor Jenny Dawe signed the pledge at 10:10am on Wednesday morning at the City Chambers.

With Edinburgh on board there are now 100 local authorities responsible for services to more than 18m people signed up to the campaign - nearly one third of the UK population.

The 10:10 campaign is targeted at all sectors, including businesses, workplaces, hospitals, universities and schools. It encourages carbon reductions as close to the 10 percent target as possible with a minimum target of three percent reduction. Councils are asked to set a baseline year up till the end of June 2010 and then submit reports showing reductions over a 12 month period. The campaign focuses on four areas, electricity consumption in buildings, gas consumption in buildings, road transport and air travel, and asks organisations to report reductions in these.

Council Leader, Councillor Jenny Dawe, said:

"We have focused our attention on developing a realistic and ambitious carbon reduction programme, setting the Council as an exemplar in the city. The 10:10 campaign is a logical progression of this approach and these reductions bring a welcome focus to that work"

"Carbon reduction and the environment are central to all that we do and 10:10 is a landmark for those of us who share that commitment."

Cllr Alexis Rowell, Coordinator of the 10:10 Councils and Chair of the all-party Sustainability Task Force of the London Borough of Camden, said:

"Councils like Edinburgh are the unsung heroes of the 10:10 Campaign. When a local authority says it will cut its emissions by 10 percent in 2010, then it is bound to set a plan and residents can check progress. But councils can also play a key role in spreading the 10:10 message to individuals, organisations and businesses in their area. Aberdeen were the first Scottish council to join the 10:10 Campaign. Edinburgh have just become the 100th UK local authority to sign up."

The City of Edinburgh Council