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Fife Council sets out climate change action plan

Councillor Ross Vettraino.
Councillor Ross Vettraino.

Fife Council has published its climate change plan aimed at eliminating greenhouse gases over the next two decades.

Climate Fife sets out the actions being taken by the local authority and urges the public to also take steps to help the environment.

The council is already replacing all of the region’s street lights with energy efficient bulbs, almost doubling the electric vehicle charging network and increasing the number of electric cars in its own fleet.

It is also reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill and replacing single-use plastics with reusable products in all council buildings.

However, environment spokesman Ross Vettraino said the public would also have to do their bit to help meet the Scottish target for zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045.

“Working together is the only way Fife will tackle the challenges around climate change,” he said.

“That is why Climate Fife is, without a doubt, the most important document that we have discussed as a council.”

The SNP councillor added: “Whilst people are keeping safe at home they could think about reducing food waste and using home energy more efficiently.

“If we are going outside we can cycle or walk to get some exercise.

“Little things can make a huge difference and help us during the lockdown and the planet at the same time.

“Together we can all make a difference.”

The council’s climate change document, available online at www.fife.gov.uk/climatechange, also gives advice on improving energy efficiency, installing renewable energy, cutting waste, recycling and public transport.

Growing your own food and choosing seasonal ingredients are also covered, while a number of local groups who have joined a Fife climate change network are listed.

 

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