New committee focuses on low carbon targets

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Highland Council is ramping up its commitment to achieving net zero with a dedicated climate change committee.

Chairman Karl Rosie is determined to deliver beyond the greenwash, through local action and industry partnership.

Highland Council declared a climate emergency in 2019. It then homed in on 2025 as the delivery date for a low carbon Highland and zero carbon Inverness.

Yet midway through 2022, and with a new administration at the helm, 2025 is no longer a safe distance away.

‘Highland Council identified 2025 as the target year for a low carbon economy and it’s made positive progress in that direction,’ said councillor Rosie.

‘However, low carbon isn’t the most meaningful measure. We need to be working towards net zero.’

Mr Rosie wants the Highland Council to focus on delivering net zero by 2040, with measurable targets along the way.