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New guidelines for councils on achieving climate friendly policies through ...
New guidelines for councils on achieving climate friendly policies through

community leadership have been published.

Published jointly by COSLA, SOLACE and the Scottish executive, 'Climate

Change Guidance for Chief Executives' stresses community planning as the

over-arching framework for climate change protection - with chief executives

in the vanguard.

COSLA president Norman Murray says that climate change is one of the

greatest threats to our environment: 'Climate change is already affecting

communities across Scotland, so policy development across all council

services has to take this into account.

'And because councils have a community leadership role it is essential that

our understanding of how climate change will change the needs of our

communities is developed from the very top.'

Cllr Murray added: 'By adopting this guidance, chief executives are

putting themselves in the forefront of responding to climate change - I hope

they and their colleagues in councils will make full use of this guidance.'

The guidance provides an action list for chief executives allowing them to

identify what their councils are already doing to counter the effects of

climate change and to go on to put in place new policies to increase their


Throughout the document are examples of good practice already in place in

Scottish councils and, says SOLACE chairman George Thorley, there is much

more going on.

'Councils in Scotland have been quick to recognise and react to problems

both real and potential, posed by climate change and there are many examples

of good practice,' says Mr Thorley, 'for example, all councils are involved

in tackling the related issue of fuel poverty, by working with the private

sector to improve homes.

'Some councils are placing renewable energy at the centre of large-scale

development plans while others are investing in a rolling fund to improve

energy efficiency - cutting costs and making savings.

'My own authority, South Ayrshire Council, is deeply involved in providing

energy efficiency advice to businesses and householders,' Mr Thorley


'SOLACE very much sees the role of the chief executive as key to the

development of these types of policies and we are delighted to have been so

closely involved in the development of these guidelines.'

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