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Reducing carbon emissions

Scotland has set ambitious climate change targets through the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 and the new Climate Change Bill introduced in 2018. The council continues to take a leading role in complying with the Act, reducing carbon emissions across its services and mitigating the future impacts of climate change through adaptation measures.


Programmes to improve energy efficiency, reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, and reduce business mileage have all helped to lower carbon emissions, while flood prevention and water management projects ensure we are better prepared for the predicted changes in our climate.

The council is making use of low carbon and renewable technologies to reduce our carbon footprint. With 350kw of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels installed across council buildings and with more to be completed, green energy is being generated no matter what the weather!  6 biomass boiler plants, including at Westfield Primary School where low carbon wood fuel has replaced oil as the main heating source, have now been completed.  The biomass project is expected to reduce the council's carbon emissions by around 1700 tonnes each year.  In addition to our buildings, we are replacing thousands of conventional street lights with low energy LED equivalents.

Woodmuir Primary
Woodmuir Primary

The council's latest Climate Change Report for the year 2017/18 showed a reduction in carbon emissions of 10,230 tonnes since our baseline year of 2013/14.   For more information, visit West Lothian Council takes action on Climate Change