Aberdeen City Council’s net zero routemap clinches top UK planning award

30/11/2023
Aberdeen City Council Councillor Ian Yuill

ABERDEEN’S commitment to combating climate change has been officially recognised as the city’s NetZero Aberdeen Routemap secured the prestigious ‘Excellence in Plan Making Practice’ award at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence (UK). This accolade crowns Aberdeen’s long-term strategy for addressing climate change as the best in the United Kingdom.

The Net Zero Aberdeen Routemap outlines a comprehensive strategy aimed at reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions, with a focus on incorporating clean energy sources like hydrogen into the city’s infrastructure. The judges specifically commended the collaborative approach adopted by the council in developing this innovative plan, working closely with partner organisations to ensure its success.

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Councillor Ian Yuill, Convener of the Net Zero, Environment, and Transport Committee, expressed pride in the city’s achievement, stating, “This national award recognizes the considerable efforts taking place in Aberdeen to play our part in combating climate change. Net Zero Aberdeen is a joint effort across the city. Every individual, business, and organisation can play their part.”

This triumph follows the success in June when the Net Zero Aberdeen Routemap secured the same category at the Scottish awards ceremony, underlining the plan’s effectiveness and significance on a broader scale.

Vice-Convener Councillor Miranda Radley highlighted the importance of the award, saying, “To repeat this success at the UK level is a great achievement. This award highlights our ambitions to work in partnership, as a city, to improve and enhance the environment.”

The RTPI award programs are designed to showcase outstanding achievements in planning, celebrating the vital contributions made by the planning profession to communities. They also aim to raise awareness and understanding of the industry’s crucial work.

The Net Zero Aberdeen Routemap is available for public viewing on the Aberdeen City Council website, allowing residents, businesses, and organisations to understand the city’s roadmap to a sustainable and environmentally friendly future.

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