Tayside and Central Scotland

Stirling Council signs up to EU climate change pact

Stirling has joined cities across the continent in signing up to a European Union climate change pact.

The council has joined the Covenant of Mayors Initiative on Adaption to Climate Change, which sees regional bodies commit to cut carbon emissions.

Members volunteer to increase use of renewable energy and efficiency in a bid to cut emissions by 20% by 2020.

However Provost Mike Robbins is not going to attend the signature ceremony in Brussels next week.

Councillors agreed to look into participating in the event via a live stream or video conference while signing the initiative in absentia.

The European Commission launched the Covenant of Mayors in 2008 to support the efforts of local authorities following the adoption of the EU Climate and Energy Package.

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Glasgow City, North Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway councils are already members of the group.

What has become known as the EU Mayors Adapt Initiative was set up in March this year to build on the EU Cities Adapt Project, which Stirling Council was a participant in.

As part of that project the city set and me an emissions reduction target for 2013 and adopted a climate adaption strategy.

A spokeswoman said: "Climate change is one of the biggest challenges faced by humanity, and local authorities are ideally placed to play a key role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and implementing local climate adaptation measures."

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