Mitigation

We need to have a collective and just transition to net zero.

Climate action, fairness and opportunity must go together. Taking action to tackle climate change must make Scotland a healthier, more prosperous and more equal society, whilst restoring it’s natural environment – Just Transition Commission, 2021

Climate change mitigation means avoiding and reducing emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere to prevent the planet from warming to more extreme temperatures” – WWF
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Energy

Energy

We need to transition to net-zero technologies, for example renewable energy including wind, solar, wave and hydro. There are many emerging low carbon technologies in Highland including green hydrogen

Transport

Transport

Highland is a big place and traveling around can be difficult. The transition to net zero needs to ensure inclusion and equality, we should have convenient access to the services required. Active travel should be favoured for shorter journeys where possible and we need to transition to low carbon transport.

Our buildings and how we heat them

Our buildings and how we heat them

We need to improve our building quality rapidly ensuring homes are properly insulated and heated to minimise fuel poverty.
You can find more advice and guidance at Home Energy Scotland and Changeworks

Land & Sea

Land & Sea

The Highland landscape is known worldwide for its beauty and diversity. We need to protect and restore this landscape to ensure it is sequestering (capture and store) more carbon than it is releasing.

Industrial base

Industrial base

The Highlands has a long industrial history and in the transition to net zero we need to ensure we decarbonise our industry and build local supply chains thus securing green jobs in the region.

Consumption

Consumption

To truly end our contribution to the climate crisis, we need to rethink how we consume materials in Scotland and around the world. Around four-fifths of Scotland’s footprint comes from the products and materials we manufacture, use and throw away. From individuals to communities, business and governments - we all have a critical role to play.