2050 Edinburgh City Vision
TE steering group is pleased to report that becoming carbon neutral is the top priority. See page 4 of the 2050 Vision One Year On document. This is the result of collating the hopes of about 5000 city residents. Abolishing poverty as we know it, improving our public spaces and becoming more caring are other shared ambitions. Each of these goals is supported by examples of actions which will help us to achieve them.
5000 contributors is a significant number but the 2050 vision project plans to include everyone in a major promotion over the autumn. This will allow a roadmap to be drawn up early in 2019.
Now is the time to start conversations at home and at work. Becoming carbon neutral will mitigate the risks of climate change, and also reduce air pollution so bringing health benefits. Using energy more efficiently can reduce costs, cutting fuel poverty in this way brings opportunities to enhance well being. Achieving these goals will bring multiple benefits.
Energy Efficient Scotland – Road Map
By 2050 our homes & buildings will be warmer, greener and more efficient – that is what the Scottish Government aims for in “Energy Efficient Scotland”, a 20 year programme containing a set of actions all aiming to make Scotland’s existing buildings near zero carbon wherever feasible by 2050. To find out more about the Consultation issues and the timeline of the programme please see EES – Consultation timeline
ZERO CARBON EDINBURGH PETITION
Edinburgh Council is asking what is our vision for the city in 2050. Let’s tell them it should be fossil-free, zero-carbon, sustainable and equal.
Edinburgh Council ‘s 2050 City Vision says ”Edinburgh needs an ambitious vision; one that we can all understand and buy into. This is why the city is embarking on a project to develop a vision for 2050.”
Do you think it should commit to becoming Zero Carbon?
This goal would deliver a fairer, greener city with better housing, transformed transport and improved lifestyles and health as well as meet obligations to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
So we’re calling on the City Council to plan now for this outcome, to secure the investment needed and to use leadership to overcome logjams which hold up key projects.
Sign the petition here: https://act.foe.scot/call-zero-carbon-edinburgh-2050
We at Transition Edinburgh are proud to have launched in September 2017 our latest initiative:
“Pathways to Zero Carbon Edinburgh”. This initiative is the start for wider projects/ activities in collaboration with different local organisations – together we are aiming to reach the objective of reaching zero emissions in Edinburgh by 2040.
You can find more detailed information at Zero Carbon Edinburgh.
September Survey results
Over the past year Transition Edinburgh has hosted community engagement events where we shared ideas on ways to achieve a low carbon, resilient capital city. 300 people came up with plenty of ideas. More than 70 participants ranked these ideas and priorities in TE Survey results September 2017.
Summary of 2016-17 Conversations & Locality improvement Plans events can be found in TE Conversations + LIP 2017 – Summary
“Zero Carbon Britain” course
Reem Alkayyem, Katharina Bouchaar, and Johanna Carrie from Transition Edinburgh attended the 2017 “Zero Carbon Britain” course at the independent Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth, Wales.
The course introduced the changes needed in order to achieve a 100% renewable energy-driven Britain with current technologies. This mainly requires improvements in the buildings, land use, energy, and transport sectors.
Inspired by the course, Transition Edinburgh team is developing initiatives and projects to be launched next September.
Beanies for babies
Johanna Carrie represented Transition Edinburgh in supporting “Friends of the Earth” and anti fracking groups outside Parliament on Thursday May 25th. Some supportive MSPs came to talk to us. About 100 people signed petition postcards. The beanies for babies is linked to the protest, as tinies will be the most vulnerable if fracking chemicals contaminate drinking water. The baby hats will be donated to a Falkirk hospital.