Comhairle’s draft Climate Change Strategy

We Asked

We Asked your views on the draft Climate Change Strategy. The consultation invited responses on each of the priorities and general comments on the draft.

You Said

A total of 25 completed responses to the consultation were received. These consisted of 22 responses from individuals and 3 responses from organisations.

Responses were received on each of the priority areas and were wide-ranging in scope. The Comhairle’s commitments, aspirations and progress on Corporate Emissions were generally welcomed by respondents. Respondents generally supported the Comhairle’s ambitions on Waste and Circular Economy. The exploration of a wide range of energy solutions to reduce the cost of energy, reduce fuel poverty and maximise community benefits was also generally supported, although there was some concern regarding the impact of onshore wind. The importance of public transport was stressed by respondents. Strong views were also expressed on Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry.

Further information on the strategic context, the expected effects of climate change locally and the Comhairle’s strategic approach to land use, tourism and planning was requested.

We Did

Responses were analysed by theme and the draft strategy was revised taking into account constructive feedback received.

A summary of responses received (») in each topic area along with a comment on how the draft Strategy has been amended to incorporate the feedback received, where appropriate. 

The analysis of responses and proposed amendments to the draft Climate Change Strategy were considered by the Policy and Resources Committee on the 21st of September 2022 and the revised Climate Change Strategy was approved.


Equalities Monitoring

Please complete our Equalities Monitoring Form:

Equalities Monitoring Form

This is used by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to provide essential statistical information about who participates in our consultations.

The data is managed confidentially, is not personally attributable, and is processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act.


The Climate Change Act 2019 committed Scotland to Net Zero by 2045, with the Public Bodies Climate Change Reporting Duties placing a legal requirement on public bodies to set target dates for zero direct emissions and indirect emission reductions, report on how spending and resource will contribute to these targets, and report on the body’s contribution to Scotland’s Climate Change Adaptation Programme.

A Draft-Climate-Change-Strategy (476.5kB) has been developed to provide strategic direction on climate change and ensure statutory obligations on mitigation and adaptation are met.

The strategy has three priority areas aligning to national priorities on climate change:  a Carbon Neutral Comhairle, Net Zero Islands and Climate Resilient Islands. An action plan with performance indicators has been developed and will be used to track progress against key outcomes.

Responses by individuals and organisations are invited by Saturday 13th of August 2022 at 5pm.

Why We Are Consulting

The Comhairle is inviting individuals and organisations to submit comments on the draft Climate Change Strategy via the questionnaire.

Your feedback is important to ensure our priorities and outcomes have a positive impact

If you would like to make comments about the draft Climate Change Strategy, they can be submitted in writing or by e-mail using the contact details on the right of this page.

What Happens Next

Comments received will be reviewed and the draft Climate Change Strategy will be amended as appropriate. The final draft of the Climate Change Strategy will be considered by the Policy and Resources Committee of the Comhairle which will be held in the week beginning 19th of September 2022.