The role of local government and its cross-sectoral partners in financing and delivering a net-zero Scotland

Closes 26 Jan 2022

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Please complete the 'About you' section, and, the 'Organisation details' section, if you are responding on behalf of an organisation.

With the inquiry covering a wide range of issues, the Committee have agreed a number of questions, under four sections outlined below. You don’t have to answer all of them. Feel free to answer only those most relevant to your area of expertise or interest. 

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Council planning, decision-making and capacity in relation to net zero

  1. How effective are councils at strategic planning, budgeting, and making procurement decisions that align with net zero goals? If there are barriers, what are they?
     
  2. What role can the local government planning system and local development plans do to help us reach net zero? Could the planning system do more?
     
  3. What innovation, skills and capacity are needed in the local government workforce when it comes to making net zero achievable? Does that capacity exist or are there gaps?

Partnering to achieve net zero goals

  1. How well do councils leverage in support and finance from the private sector for net zero delivery? Are City Region Deals being used effectively for this? What mechanisms or forums are there for sharing opportunities and good practice?
     
  2. How well do councils partner with the voluntary sector and social enterprises to work towards net zero goals? Are there instances of good practice you can point to or areas where opportunities are being missed?
     
  3. How well do councils involve local communities in decision-making on major net zero projects and how do they support community-led initiatives?

Role of the Scottish Government and its agencies

  1. What is the Scottish Government doing to help the local government sector deliver on net zero goals? What, if anything, could it do more of to help the sector?
     
  2. What is the role of enterprise agencies or other public bodies as enablers of joint working on net zero goals by local government and its cross-sectoral partners?

Local government work on net zero in particular areas

  1. How are councils working with cross-sectoral partners to decarbonise heat in buildings and to ensure they have greater energy efficiency?  
     
  2. How are councils working with cross-sectoral partners to decarbonise transport (including encouraging active travel) and to improve air quality?
     
  3. How are councils working with cross-sectoral partners to promote recycling and a “circular economy”?
     
  4. How are councils working with cross-sectoral partners to use the natural environment (its “green infrastructure”) to achieve net zero targets?
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