Climate Emergency


The Climate Emergency Short Life Working Group aims to champion and promote existing activity on low carbon issues and further embed our collective response to the challenge of responding and adapting to, and protecting our citizens, businesses, habitats and wildlife from the devastating effects of climate change. It will also consider how best the Orkney Partnership, in the context of the community planning requirements, and the opportunities under Strategic Objectives 8 (Environmental Wellbeing and Biosecurity) and 9 (Climate Change and Energy) of the Proposed National Islands Plan, will enable Orkney to work towards achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2045.

The group is tasked with:

  • Identifying the specific threats and opportunities facing Orkney and mapping these to current issues identified by the LOIP.
  • Identifying a suite of short, medium and long-term actions which can help mitigate or adapt to the effects of climate change to be included in future revisions of the LOIP.
  • Consider whether these actions are best addressed through a strategic delivery group under the heading of Climate Change, Energy and Environment, and the resourcing implications for this, and make recommendations to the Orkney Partnership Board.
  • To consider working towards the creation of a specific Orkney Climate Adaptation Plan for adoption by the Board, using the framework set out in Adaptation Scotland’s capability framework for a climate ready public sector which can be downloaded here.
  • Recording and promoting existing activity across the Partnership, and showing good practice across all sectors including transport, property, housing, active travel, education and business.
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