Changeworks has joined some of Edinburgh’s most significant employers from across the public and private sectors in committing to the Edinburgh Climate Compact, promising to make changes within their own organisations and sectors which support the city’s ambition of net zero by 2030.

Established by the Edinburgh Climate Commission, the Compact signifies a commitment by organisations to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions through their operations, influence and leadership, transport and buildings.

Work continues through the Edinburgh Climate Commission to engage with businesses across the capital and encourage more organisations to sign up.

The Climate Compact commits signatories to 16 actions which will lead to clear change within their business practices, including:

  • Publicising what action each signatory is currently taking to address climate change. This includes the disclosure of current emission levels and publishing plans for how they plan to reduce carbon emissions.
  • Committing to retrofitting owned buildings and decarbonising operations to become more energy efficient and sustainable.
  • Prioritising active and sustainable travel in their workforce and investing in a switch to zero-emissions company owned vehicles.
  • Providing training for staff to develop their awareness and understanding of climate change and changes in their behaviour which could lead to a reduction in emissions.

Changeworks Chief Executive, Teresa Bray said: "Cutting carbon is at the heart of what Changeworks has done for over 30 years, and key to this is leading by example. We are always looking for new ways to reduce our own carbon footprint and look forward to working with the Edinburgh Climate Commission in the lead up to COP26 and beyond."

The other signatories are City of Edinburgh Council, Edinburgh Airport, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Natwest Group, NHS Lothian, Robertson Group, Shepherd and Wedderburn, SP Energy Networks, and University of Edinburgh.