Aberdeenshire Council’s Environmental Policy was adopted in September 2013. This new corporate policy aligns with the Climate Change Act 2009 Public Bodies Duties and articulates local commitments across the sustainable development agenda. The Council recently approved a CO2 reduction target of 44% by 2020.
The Council’s approach to energy continues to be founded on the principles of minimising demand through efficient design, distributed generation of heat and electricity, local matching of demand and supply and a mix of appropriate scales and technologies. This approach will be assisted by the Scottish Heat Map, from April 2014. Work is underway to create a North East Scotland Sustainable Energy Action Plan bringing together partners to co-ordinate the delivery of a Vision for the North East predicated on energy security, reduced environmental impacts and energy affordability.
With around one quarter of Scotland’s arable land, a large wind resource and areas with high levels of tree cover, Aberdeenshire has significant potential to produce heat, electricity and, indirectly, hydrogen, from renewable resources.
The Council recognises the environmental and economic benefits of reduced dependence on hydrocarbon fuels. It is working with a range of partners to encourage local ownership of renewable energy schemes to the benefit of the local economy. The level of locally owned wind turbines in Aberdeenshire is the highest in the UK.
The Council continues to support the development of the wood fuel industry utilising Aberdeenshire’s natural resources to meet growing demand for renewable sources of heat for commercial, agricultural and domestic uses.
For further information contact:
Industry Suport Executive
Aberdeen AB16 5GB
T: +44 (0)7917 067041