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Energy and Sustainability

Put very simply sustainability is about improving the quality of human life while living within the carrying capacity of the earth's supporting ecosystems.

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At the moment we are using up and destroying the earth's resources faster than they can be regenerated and replenished. In the UK alone, we're consuming three times our fair share of the planet's natural resources.  You can find out more about sustainability of resources at the Earth Overshoot Day website.

The council has a duty under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 to act in the way it considers most sustainable. This means we must put sustainability at the centre of all decision making, in order to optimise and balance economic and social well-being and environmental protection.

Our aim is to make the most efficient and effective use of resources, and, for energy, to help alleviate fuel poverty while reducing the environmental impact of harmful emissions and the depletion of fossil fuels. Actions include promoting good housekeeping measures, undertaking regular energy audits, energy conservation projects and promoting renewable and low carbon opportunities for energy generation.

The Council approved its pdf icon West Lothian Council Climate Change Strategy 2015-2020 [586kb] and pdf icon Carbon Management Plan  [948kb] in November 2015 - these documents set out how we will tackle climate change from 2015-2020.

  • 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.

  • How to reduce your carbon footprint

    Some simple actions you can take that will help keep the planet healthy for generations to come.

  • For Schools

    Find out about what our schools are doing

  • Renewable and low carbon energy

    Local authorities have a wide role, including that of leadership, in tackling climate change by reducing carbon and increasing renewable energy generation.

  • Energy and sustainability news and events

    Find out what is happening near you