Our Places and the Climate Emergency

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Our places are a key contributor of greenhouse gases so how we plan and design their future must be central to efforts to decarbonise Scotland.  

COP26 provides an important stage in our crucial collective work to respond to the climate emergency. 

A&DS is committed to working with partners to create net-zero places.  

Our specific role is to look beyond each individual element of a place (e.g. the building, or the infrastructure, or transport) but look at how it works together as a place.

Rethinking how places work – with the people using them at the centre – will help us avoid future problems.  

Tackling our places from a climate perspective means also making places better for the people using them – making them walkable, greener, reducing fuel poverty, reducing pollution, creating new employment opportunities.  

 This approach is embedded in all our work, but some specific examples of this includes:

  • Designing for a Changing Climate which includes 8 Principles of Carbon Conscious Places 
  • Climate Action Towns 
  • Using the Place Standard to engage with communities and those making changes 
  • Supporting local authorities through the Key Agencies work on Green Recovery 
  • Supporting the Learning Estate become carbon conscious places
  • Sharing information and resources on sustainable building materials and approaches through our materials library.

If you would like to talk to us about our work in relation to the Climate Emergency please contact us by emailing us at info@ads.org.uk

Introducing Climate Action Towns

Following on from the Designing for a Changing Climate Pilot A&DS will deliver a programme of support to Climate Action Towns across Scotland

Blog: The future will be local

To introduce our Climate Action Towns work we reached out to partners to contribute a blog on how Scotland's Towns can address Climate Change.

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