Dumfries and Galloway - Covenant of Mayors and Climate Change Declaration
COUNCIL bosses have signed up to fight climate change and cut greenhouse gas emissions.
The authority has officially signed Scotland’s Climate Change Declaration and the Covenant of Mayors.
It comes as figures show Dumfries and Galloway has the second highest rate of fuel poverty in Scotland, with 42 per cent of homes spending more than 10 per cent of income on heating and electricity.
The Climate Change Declaration states that the council accepts man’s involvement in the acceleration of climate change and commits it to following the Scottish Government’s climate change programme.
The Covenant of Mayors pledges to exceed the European Union’s greenhouse gas reduction target.
It initiates the authority’s involvement in a three-year programme which will see communities develop their own renewable energy plans.
This will not only aim to cut greenhouse gases but also alleviate fuel poverty in the region.
Annan South Councillor Ian Carruthers, chair of the planning, housing and environment services committee and champion of the community sustainable energy project, is fully behind the developments.
He said: “We hear in the news of the Arctic ice sheets melting to unprecedented levels which even climate change scientists could not have predicted. Man-made climate change isn’t just a problem for the next generation, it is a reality now and urgent action is needed to stop it in its tracks.
“As a local authority, we should be at the forefront of work to ensure that Scotland’s greenhouse gas reduction targets are met.
“At regional level, this also means that fuel poverty will be reduced – and this is a highly significant outcome in itself.”