City partnership set to boost climate action
The University of Edinburgh has joined forces with five leading employers to help Edinburgh reach its target of net zero emissions. The five other signatories of the Edinburgh Climate Compact are Baillie Gifford, NatWest, NHS Lothian, Robertson Group and the City of Edinburgh. The signatories have agreed to 16 actions which will lead to clear change in their business practices in order to significantly reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Actions include: prioritising sustainable travel and investing in a switch to zero-emissions vehicles; retrofitting buildings to become more energy efficient; and training staff to increase awareness of issues around climate change and encouraging a change of behaviours.
The Edinburgh Climate Compact is the latest output of the Edinburgh Climate Commission, a cross-sector network established in February 2020, which is co-sponsored by the University and City of Edinburgh Council.