Argyll’s carbon footprint below national average

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Argyll and Bute’s carbon footprint is well below the national average, a report has revealed.

The area’s CO2 emissions were recorded as being less than 40,000 tonnes during the 2018/19 year – a figure roughly on a par with authorities like East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire and Perth and Kinross.

Some councils have not supplied information to the survey carried out by Scottish Sustainable Network (SSN), which collates the information on behalf of the Scottish Government.

The report was due to be debated at a meeting of the council’s climate change environmental action group (CCEAG), which consists of six councillors, on Tuesday.

The document, which contains a graph listing the totals for all responding local authorities, said: ‘The graph highlights that the council are performing better than the national average and comparable with local authorities such as East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire and Perth and Kinross.

‘It must be highlighted that this is not a comprehensive picture as not all local authorities have published information via SSN, and indicators highlight total tonnage as opposed to tonnage by capita.

‘At present, indicators relating to climate change are being reviewed by the Scottish Government and as they evolve the CCEAG will be updated.’

The report, by Douglas Hendry, executive director with responsibility for commercial services, also outlines the council’s list of operational actions to fight climate change.

These are grouped under municipal waste; fossil fuel and water consumption in buildings; electricity consumption; emissions from vehicles; renewable energy and carbon capture.

Mr Hendry added: ‘While this is a list of operational activities that the council is undertaking to address climate change of our business activities other steps such as education within schools, communications, engagement and dealing with impacts of climate change will also need to be given strategic consideration.

‘It is therefore considered appropriate for the CCEAG to give direction to the form and scope of future council policy or plan on climate change.’