Aberdeen City Council

Aberdeen City Council has announced Big Issue ShareBike Ltd as the operator of a new electric bike hire scheme.

The scheme will see about 450 ebikes initially being installed at various locations around the city and people will be able to book the bikes primarily through a smartphone app although web-based and telephone bookings will also be available.

Read more here - Big Issue and Sharebike are announced as joint operator for new ebike hire scheme (aberdeencity.gov.uk)

Angus Council

Angus Council has approved a five-year plan designed to encourage and deliver local community food growing.

The Angus Food Growing Strategy aims to increase local food growing, tackle food poverty in Angus and support local growers.

Producing more food locally will also play an important role in supporting reducing the carbon footprint of our food system.

Read more here - Angus Food Growing Strategy | Angus Council

North Lanarkshire Council

Scotland’s first fully operational electric bin lorry is taking to the streets of North Lanarkshire, helping to reduce air pollution with zero emissions.

The lorry will collect an average of 28 tonnes of waste each day – 1,800 bins – using a single overnight charge to its 300kwh battery.

Read more here - New electric bin lorry is first for Scotland | North Lanarkshire Council

Moray Council

An action plan to secure carbon neutral status for Moray Council has been approved.

Moray Council’s strategy and action plan follows the Climate Emergency declared in June 2019 and aims to make the Council carbon neutral by 2030.

Actions include improving energy efficiency across the Council’s estate to have all buildings operated and owned by the Council – including schools - achieve a net zero carbon target by 2030. Increasing electric vehicle charging points, active travel and sustainability and recycling in schools also forms part of the aspirations.

Read more here - Moray Council formally adopts Climate Change Strategy

Aberdeen City Council

Aberdeen City Council is strengthening its commitment to energy transition and combating climate change as part of its spending plans for 2021/22 and the years beyond.

The newly approved annual budget includes a raft of measures to reduce carbon emissions, ranging from a hydrogen production hub to additional electric vehicle charging points to the further greening the Council’s own fleet.

Read more here - Council boosts green energy plans (aberdeencity.gov.uk)

North Lanarkshire Council

North Lanarkshire Council has approved a masterplan to regenerate one of the largest brownfield sites in Europe.

The planning application for the former steelworks site at Ravenscraig, near Motherwell, was granted, giving the applicant – Ravenscraig Ltd – permission to develop the 376 hectares of derelict land.

The masterplan includes residential areas, education and community facilities, business and employment areas, open space including a town park, hotels, a new town centre with retail, leisure, business, housing and associated transport infrastructure.

More info here - Scotland's largest regeneration site approval | North Lanarkshire Council

Aberdeen City Council

Aberdeen City Council has approved a five-year plan which sets a net zero target for its assets and operations.

The members of Aberdeen City Council’s Full Council committee unanimously agreed the Climate Change Plan 2021-2025: Towards a Net Zero and Climate Resilient Council report which outlines actions to reduce carbon emissions and increase resilience to climate change.

The Climate Change Plan sets out the scope of the Council’s ambitions with net zero and interim targets for a reduction in carbon emissions from council assets and operations, indicates climate risks affecting the council, and it outlines the project priorities being taken forward to 2025.

Read more here - Five-year climate change plan for council approved (aberdeencity.gov.uk)

North & South Lanarkshire Councils

A revolutionary project that is transforming electric vehicle charging across Lanarkshire has now completed 10,000 charges.

‘Project PACE’, which was launched 18 months ago, is being delivered through a strategic partnership between SP Energy Networks and the Scottish Government and will create over 40 electric vehicle charging hubs by the end of spring this year.

The project will significantly increase the number of EV chargers across Lanarkshire.

Facilitated by North and South Lanarkshire Councils, in collaboration with Transport Scotland, the charging hubs have now been used over 10,000 times to charge electric vehicles across the regions.

Read more here - Electric Vehicle charging hits new milestone - South Lanarkshire View