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Transformation cities - Aberdeen's 'Journey towards 2050'

By Floriane Cappelletti on 29 April 2015


When it comes to assessing economic impacts of energy, Aberdeen in the UK has a lot to say. The economy of this Scottish seaport has been entirely reliant on the oil industry since the late 1970s.

Host to Energy Cities’ 2015 Conference, the city of Aberdeen had the opportunity to introduce participants with their energy transition strategy.

Gordon Mc Intosh from the City Council’s Department for Planning & Infrastructure, Ian Booth from Aberdeen Heat & Power and John Lidderdale from the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association gave us an insight into the actions undertaken to "transform Europe’s energy capital into a low-carbon city".

With oil prices having fallen dramatically last summer, the city is experiencing its worst crisis in 40 years. To cope with this situation, Aberdeen has undertaken a ’Journey Towards 2050’, notably by developing a (Covenant of Mayors) Sustainable Energy Action Plan which commits the city to reducing its CO2 emissions by 42% by 2020 (baseline year 2008).*

The city will notably work at transferring its ’energy capital’ skills to develop renewables and will make sure to involve citizens and local players in the process.
Aberdeen wishes to manage its energy transition with the ultimate goal of positioning itself “as a thriving post-oil economy.”

* Extract from Energy Cities’ INFO magazine #43: "Vibrant, resilient cities".

© photos Aberdeen City Council

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