Net Zero and You


Scotland is on a journey to achieve net zero emissions by 2045. Climate change caused by greenhouse gases is already having severe effects on our planet. The UK has experienced its hottest years on record in the past decade since 2002, and extreme weather patterns, rising sea levels, melting ice packs, and warmer oceans are becoming a reality.

If we don’t take action, agriculture, wildlife, and ecosystems could be devastated; our homes and communities destroyed, and millions of people could require humanitarian aid.

To combat climate change, the Scottish government has committed to meet Net Zero by 2045 where we achieve a balance between the carbon emitted into the atmosphere and the carbon removed from it.

The government is making huge investment in renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, and hydroelectric power. In 2022, renewable technologies generated the equivalent of 113% of Scotland’s overall electricity consumption, showing Scotland’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and reliance on fossil fuels.

Additionally, there is also a focus on sustainable land use, reforestation, and the restoration of peatlands to contribute to carbon capture and biodiversity conservation. By preserving, restoring, and expanding forests, the government is effectively capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and mitigating climate change.

To ensure a fair transition, the Scottish government is adopting a just transition approach that ensures everyone benefits from the transition, creating a just and equitable society.

Although 60% of the necessary changes require individual behavioural or societal change, Scotland is determined to make it a reality. Together, we can all contribute to a greener, cleaner, and more sustainable future.

How can you help Net Zero in your community?

  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: One of the simplest ways to combat climate change is to practice the three R’s – reduce, reuse, and recycle. By reducing our consumption, reusing items whenever possible, and recycling materials, we can lower our carbon footprint and minimise waste.
  • Conserve Energy at Home: We can save energy by turning off lights and appliances when not in use, using energy-efficient light bulbs, and opting for renewable energy sources such as solar power. REAPS energy advisors can help you with energy saving tips. Contact us on 01542 888070 or
  • Choose Sustainable Transportation: To combat climate change we can be more mindful of how we choose to travel. Opt to walk, cycle, or use public transportation whenever possible. Think above driving electric or hybrid vehicles which greatly reduce emissions.
  • Support Renewable Energy: Transitioning to renewable energy sources is crucial in combating climate change. Supporting and advocating for renewable energy initiatives and policies in your area can help shift away from fossil fuels and towards cleaner alternatives.
  • Plant Trees and Protect Forests: Trees play a vital role in the battle against climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. Planting trees in our communities and gardens help to capture the carbon.
  • Educate and Advocate: Spreading awareness about climate change and its impacts is essential in changing behaviour. By educating ourselves and others about the issue, we can inspire change and encourage our peers and families to take meaningful steps towards a sustainable future.
  • Support Sustainable Agriculture: Support sustainable agriculture practices such as organic farming, reducing food waste, choosing to buy from local butchers, and buying seasonal produce can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Why not try to grow your own fruit and vegetables?
  • Vote with the Environment in Mind: We can only do so much but by voting for political parties that are driving the change we need can have a profound impact on climate change.
  • Engage in Community Efforts: Joining local community initiatives focused on climate action can make a real difference. Whether it’s participating in local clean-up events, advocating for sustainable practices, supporting environmental organisations, or attending climate cafes to find like-minded people in your community.
  • Foster a Sustainable Mindset: Ultimately, combating climate change requires a shift in our mindset and daily habits. By making conscious choices to reduce waste, conserve resources, and prioritise sustainability in our daily lives, we can all contribute to a healthier planet.
  • Combating climate change is a responsibility that we all share. However, we can make a positive impact and contribute towards a sustainable future for future generations. Remember, even small actions can make a significant difference. So, let’s work together and be the change we want to see in the world!


For more information on climate change and Net Zero follow the links below:

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Scotland to become a net-zero society –

How Scotland is addressing the climate emergency – Energy Saving Trust

What is net zero and how can we get there? – Energy Saving Trust