Climate Emergency (Phase 4) - Transport

Closed 31 Jan 2021

Opened 28 Oct 2020

Feedback updated 4 May 2022

We asked

Climate Change is having a significant and detrimental impact to our surrounding environment and nature. We must adapt our lifestyle and habits to see the benefits such as; an improvement in health, saving money on energy and carbon saving actions, and encouraging more biodiversity in our natural environment.

We asked what challenges you face in tackling Climate Change and how we can work together to become a climate resilient Perth and Kinross.

You said

We received comments and feedback across all five phases of the engagement, as well as online sessions hosted by PKC and Climate Cafés across the region, to highlight the key areas which you feel should be prioritised and what actions and next steps we should take. The following were some of the feedback and suggestions from phase 4;

  • More segregated cycle paths and comprehensive routes.
  • Improve the public transport services and connections in more rural areas.
  • The introduction of more School Exclusion Zones.

We did

Along with the action points and next steps from the series of online sessions and Climate Cafés, the results of the engagement was presented to the Council in late summer 2021.The full analysis of the engagement process has contrinbuted towards the development of our Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan.

Our final Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan can be viewed on our dedicated Perth & Kinross Climate Action Website.

On the 15th of December 2021 Councillors unanimously backed the Draft Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan, which sets out how Perth and Kinross will reach net zero carbon emissions by 2045. Our Draft Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan identifies eight thematic areas. Transport, Land Use, Energy & Buildings, Waste, Business & Industry, Resilience, Education and Engagement, and Governance.

The strategy also highlights how we will reduce the impact of climate change on communities and how residents and businesses are vital to creating a sustainable future. The Strategy is guided by the following principles:

  1. Achieving Net Zero aligned with the Paris Agreement and Scottish Government targets by 2045, if not before
  2. Building a more resilient Perth and Kinross
  3. Ensuring climate change action is fair and the transition to a green economy benefits all
  4. Enhancing biodiversity
  5. Engaging young people and empowering them to take action against climate change
  6. Empowering businesses and communities to take climate action in line with the Perth and Kinross Offer

The Strategy will be supported by the creation of a Perth and Kinross Climate Change Commission, which councillors approved earlier this year. This will bring together businesses, community groups, individuals and young people to scrutinise the strategy and support its implementation.

Results updated 17 Jun 2021

Thank you for taking the time to take part in Perth & Kinross Council’s Engagement on Climate Change. The results provided below are the quantitative results from all responses submitted to Phase 4 of our engagement survey. These results are preliminary and will be followed by the full Report and a finalised Climate Action Plan once prepared and reported to Council. The process of analysing and summarising all responses is still ongoing and we expect to publish all detailed results  and our Climate Change Action Plan Report by Autumn 2021.

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Let's Work Together to Tackle and Adapt to Climate Change (Phase 4) Transport


In June 2019 Perth & Kinross Council declared support for the Scottish Government and UK Parliaments’ climate emergency statements. The Council committed to work with citizens and other stakeholders in setting out a route map to a low carbon and climate resilient Perth and Kinross.

The Interim Climate Emergency Report and Action Plan is the first stage in this journey. It is an interim document and forms the basis to start the conversation with our national and local elected representatives, our partners and communities about how we propose to tackle climate change together. This ongoing engagement process gives all partners and all citizens the opportunity to have a say in the proposals in the Plan. 

We aim to jointly develop targets with our businesses, communities and other stakeholders, taking into account different scenarios, and being realistic about the challenge and costs involved for each scenario. Similar to the Perth and Kinross Offer, everyone has something to offer when we talk about climate change.

Transport is one of the main areas that we identified, where we will have to make changes in order to tackle and adapt to climate change. Emissions from transport amounts to approximately 50% of the total carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions across Perth and Kinross.  This represents the largest single sector and perhaps the most complex. It is also the only major sector which has been experiencing increasing emissions in recent years. The achievement of our emissions targets can only be achieved with modal shift away from petrol/diesel car use, and significant improvements in the transport sector.

Changing our transport behaviours is not only crucial in order to achieve climate change targets, but to also ensure that we reduce the release of greenhouse gas emissions in the air and its effects on human health. Climate change and air quality are directly linked; air pollution often originates from the same activities that contribute to climate change. The majority of both greenhouse gases and air pollutants are produced by vehicle engines, power generation and domestic heating, and as such multiple measures aimed at reducing air pollutants often also reduce CO2 emissions, for example the adoption of low emission vehicles.

You can view the Interim Climate Emergency Report and Action Plan below. If you have difficulty accessing this document, please e-mail us to request an alternative format.

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Who Is Engaging

Perth & Kinross Council aim to reduce emissions to net zero and we recognise the need for the public, as citizens and consumers, to have a much larger role in shaping our collective future actions. This is consistent with the emerging work on the Perth and Kinross Offer where we co-create solutions with communities and stakeholders, to support everyone in the area to live life well. We need to support the mobilisation of community led action to help our area move towards net zero greenhouse gas emissions.

Who Can Participate

Anyone can complete the questionnaire including, but not limited to;

  • Individuals (All age groups)

  • Community Groups

  • Third Sector Organisations

  • Landowners

  • Others involved with food growing, health or climate change action

How We Are Engaging

This engagement process to tackle climate change consists of five phases, with each phase including a questionnaire. This is Phase 4 of our engagement process. Other phases focussing on specific topics are:

Let's Work Together to Tackle and Adapt to Climate Change (Phase1)
Energy & Buildings (Phase 2) 
Land use (Phase 3)
Business & Industry (Phase 5)

All phases close on 31st Januay 2021 and are available on the Consultation Hub. 


Virtual meetings and webinars (details below), and also:

Perth City Dealership Forum 2020 Conference – Friday 6 November 2020 and Friday 4 December 2020
Details on how to register to attend online at:

What happens next

The outcomes of this engagement will be reported back to the Council in early 2021. This will then be followed by the publication of the finalised Climate Emergency Action Plan. However, this does not mean that we will stop engaging with the public once the finalised plan is out. Working together to tackle and adapt to climate change is an ongoing process. Consequently, an ongoing engagement process is required to ensure that we continue to work towards the delivery of our co-designed net zero plan.


  • Aberfeldy Climate Café

    From 10 Nov 2020 at 19:00 to 10 Nov 2020 at 21:00

  • Dunkeld & Birnam Climate Café

    From 12 Nov 2020 at 19:00 to 12 Nov 2020 at 21:00

  • Pitlochry & District Climate Café

    From 13 Nov 2020 at 19:00 to 13 Nov 2020 at 21:00

  • Blairgowrie Climate Café

    From 18 Nov 2020 at 19:00 to 18 Nov 2020 at 21:00

  • Climate Action Strathearn

    From 1 Dec 2020 at 19:30 to 1 Dec 2020 at 20:30

  • General Climate Change Matters

    From 9 Dec 2020 at 18:00 to 9 Dec 2020 at 20:00

    During this session, we will have the chance to identify any issues that have not been covered in our engagement survey through discussion with members of the public, as well as representatives from external organisations.
    If you would like to get involved please email to secure your place.


  • All Areas


  • Anyone from any background


  • Any Interest