What are we doing?

Climate Change Programme

Setting up the Climate Change Programme

In January 2020, the Council recognised the global climate emergency with a new strategic programme.  


  • Overview of the strategy, governance arrangements, target development and action planning required to adapt to, and mitigate, climate change in Shetland
  • Contribute to an effective Scotland, UK and international response
  • Inform the identification of issues and options
  • Assist in evidence based planning and decision making so that environmental, economic and social needs are recognised, balanced and met


  • Proactive approach to Climate Change mitigation and adaption in Shetland
  • Progress a range of immediate actions and priority areas
  • Act in partnership with other agencies, business and communities


Three teams operate within the Climate Change Programme, whose aims are:

Climate Change Strategy Team

  • To drive Shetland Islands Councils response and alignment to the mitigation of and adaptation to Climate Change. 
  • To embed climate conscious practices within Shetland Islands Council, Partnerships and within the community.  To raise climate awareness and promote carbon literacy to the Shetland residents.

Energy Efficiency Team

  • To manage energy efficiency across the SIC estate (excluding housing) and the Government’s Area Based Scheme (ABS) for energy efficiency retrofit in private/private rented properties.
  • Energy efficiency in public buildings, expansion of public and fleet charge points, energy efficiency retro-fit surveys for domestic properties (under ABS and Warmer Homes), coordination/liaison between customer and contractors, and compliance checks of works carried out. 
  • To raise awareness and supporting community energy efficiency.

Future Energy Team

  • To make Shetland the home of secure and affordable clean energy by harnessing the island’s abundant natural resources to generate green hydrogen through onshore and offshore wind, tidal and wave energy.
  • To enable a just transition across various industries that are vital to Shetlanders.
  • To decrease the islands' dependency on the current heavy reliance of fossil fuels.