2030 Climate Strategy - Draft Strategic Environmental Assessment

Closed 11 Oct 2022

Opened 31 Aug 2022

Feedback updated 26 Jan 2023

We asked

The City of Edinburgh Council’s (CEC) 2030 Climate Strategy was published in December 2021 after a live version of the strategy was agreed by city partners to enable priority actions to be progressed as part of the council’s commitment to tackling the climate emergency. The Council was required to publish a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of this strategy and to consult on both the strategy and the SEA.

You said

All comments received from the Consultation Authorities and the response to these comments were published by City of Edinburgh Council’s Policy and Sustainability Committee on 17 November 2022.

We did

There were no new, removed or significantly altered actions as a result of consultation responses to the Strategy therefore there was no requirement to revise the Environmental Report on this basis. More information about what was said and what actions are planned is available in sections 2.2 and 2.3 of the SEA Post Adoption Statement - a download link is included below.

Results updated 15 Dec 2022

Feedback received to this consultation broadly reflected previous feedback considered as part of the initial strategy consultation in 2021. Responses on the climate strategy were mixed.  Feedback from consultation authorities on the findings of the Strategic Enveronmental Assessment was broadly positive and a few amendments have been recommended.  A summary of the consultation findings was included in the Climate Strategy annual progress report which went to P&S committee on 17 November 2022.


The 2030 Climate Strategy was drafted in response to the City of Edinburgh Council declaring a climate emergency in 2019 and setting an ambition for both the Council and the city to become net zero by 2030.

For Edinburgh to deliver the 2030 net zero target system-wide change is required across the city. The Council has worked with key city partners to put together actions that can be implemented now, using tested approaches and lessons learned from experiences in other cities.

Scottish Local Authorities are required to conduct Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEA) on strategies and plans to assess their impact on the environment, and then to consult on those.


Strategic Environmental Assessment - and links to the appendices of this report are included at the bottom of this page

2030 Climate Strategy

Why your views matter

The 2030 Climate Strategy was extensively consulted on with residents and stakeholders in 2021. The SEA has identified no negative impacts as a result of strategy. The Council is actively seeking the views of engaged community and other stakeholder organisations who may wish to further refine the strategy, and who are broadly familiar with the 2030 Climate Strategy, and wish to guage support for the Strategy after its first year.


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