What is working well in Edinburgh already
Examples already working well in and around Edinburgh include:
Adaptation to climate change involves changing our behaviour in order to adjust better to changing climatic conditions such as more weather extremes – heatwaves, extreme cold spells or heavy rainfalls.
o many examples of actions and projects.
o This document is Edinburgh Adapts, which includes both actions and a vision for the future.
o The Flood Prevention scheme phase 2 has seen the construction of flood defences over a distance of approximately 1.2 km along the Water of Leith at Murrayfield in Edinburgh.

Car driving on flooded road, © Adaptation Scotland

What you can do
Individual: Get informed on how to behave in case of natural disasters such as floods or storms :
Community: Set up an emergency communication scheme for contacting your community members in case of extreme weather events such as storms and ensuring everyone’s safety.
Business: Prepare a disaster recovery plan as part of your business continuity strategy:

Contribution towards the total 650 MT CO2eZero Carbon Britain target: ?
Zero Carbon Britain is about rapidly reducing emissions to prevent as much climate change as possible. But climate change has already warmed by nearly a degree and will go on warming for decades.
The changes in Zero Carbon Britain can help adaptation. Better insulated buildings can stay cool as well as warm. Planting more trees could help prevent flooding. And CAT will be doing lots more work on the vital subject of adaptation. Source:

Places to visit        Flood prevention along Water of Leith, Murrayfield

Energy efficient appliances

Contribution to ZCE Target                   4%

appliancesWhat is working well in Edinburgh already
Examples already working well in and around Edinburgh include:
On average UK households spend £30 a year powering appliances such as broadband modems, broadband routers, digi-boxes and telephones left in standby mode. Source: .
On a positive note, electronic appliances have a familiar energy efficiency rating label which makes it easy to distinguish the energy efficient from the energy devouring ones.

appliancesWhat you can do
– Look out for the EU energy efficiency label and buy only appliances with at least an „A“ rating. Did you know that with technological progress energy efficiency labelling now goes up to A+++?
– Sign up for The Gen Game at This project has been working in the North East of England but if enough of us show interest might expand to Edinburgh. The idea is to have householders agree to an appliance, probably the fridge, being switched off for a short time during peak electricity demand. It is not long enough to cause harm but can help smooth the pressures on the electricity supply system.
– Avoid leaving appliances on standby
Be as careful with communal use appliances as you are for your own home.
When buying or leasing office equipment such as printers and computers ensure that the equipment has a high (min. “A”) energy efficient rating

Zero Carbon Britain Contribution to ZCB Target of 650 MT CO2e 20
Lighting, cooking and electrical appliances can get much more efficient. This means we get the same ‘energy service’ – lighting, hot or cold food, clean clothes or the internet – and use much less energy.
Technological improvements can reduce ‘in-use’ power consumption, and better controls can minimise energy wasted by lights or appliances that are not being used. This could reduce their energy use by about half
Energy monitors can show you how much energy you’re using and help you reduce it.
In Zero Carbon Britain, ‘smart appliances’ could automatically decide when to come on, helping to balance supply and demand on the electricity grid. Source:

Circular economy / Reducing waste 

What is working well in Edinburgh already.

Examples already working well in and around Edinburgh include:
– Workshops on reducing food waste are organised by the Kitchen Canny project by Changeworks:
– Repairing and re-use of the products we use every day saves the emissions that would occur in making new things. The Remakery actively works to make “new” from “old”. With this work, over the past year Remakery reports that they have saved 147.69 direct and indirect tonnes of waste from landfill – this is equivalent to 2765 laptops, 2200 desktops, and 2164 tonnes of C02. The Remakery also offer classes both in sewing machine use and computer maintenance!
– Borrow your DIY tools instead of buying them expensively at the UK’s first tool library: The Edinburgh Tool Library on Leith Walk.
– The Shrub cooperative at Edinburgh University also collects and makes available used furniture and clothes, it does food sharing to reduce food waste, offers bike repair, organises film nights and even offers upcycling workshops – all volunteer-led!

Food waste ad,
      Blackburn Council

What you can do
Individual: Monitor how much ‘stuff’ you buy and how much you chuck out.
Borrow your DIY tools instead of buying them.
Community: Ask Changeworks to run a Kitchen Canny workshop
Business: Find out who could use your computers when you upgrade

Contribution towards the total 650 MT CO2eZero Carbon Britain target: ?
Waste reduction and the circular economy model is not part of the Zero Carbon Britain scenario, however, if practiced at a wide level could have an important contribution to changing the current emissions trajectory we are on in Western societies.

Places to visit       Remakery and Shrub,     Any charity shop