Aberdeen is a city in northeast Scotland. It is Scotland’s third most populous city, one of Scotland’s 32 local government council areas and the United Kingdom’s 39th most populous built-up area, with an official population estimate of 196,670 for the city of Aberdeen and 228,800 for the local council area.
During the mid-18th to mid-20th centuries, Aberdeen’s buildings incorporated locally quarried grey granite, which can sparkle like silver because of its high mica content. Since the discovery of North Sea oil in the 1970s, Aberdeen has been known as the off-shore oil capital of Europe. The area around Aberdeen has been settled for at least 8,000 years, when prehistoric villages lay around the mouths of the rivers Dee and Don. The city has a long, sandy coastline and a marine climate, the latter resulting in chilly summers and mild winters.
Aberdeen hosts the Aberdeen International Youth Festival, a major international event which attracts up to 1000 of the most talented young performing arts companies. In 2015, Mercer named Aberdeen the 57th most liveable city in the world, as well as the fourth most liveable city in Britain. In 2012, HSBC named Aberdeen as a leading business hub and one of eight ‘super cities’ spearheading the UK’s economy, marking it as the only city in Scotland to receive this accolade. In 2018, Aberdeen was found to be the best city in the UK to start a business in a study released by card payment firm Paymentsense.
Aberdeen has long been famous for its 45 parks and gardens, and citywide floral displays which include two million roses, eleven million daffodils and three million crocuses. The city has won the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom ‘Best City’ award ten times, the overall Scotland in Bloom competition twenty times and the large city category every year since 1968. However, despite recent spurious reports, Aberdeen has never been banned from the Britain in Bloom competition. The city won the 2006 Scotland in Bloom “Best City” award along with the International Cities in Bloom award. The suburb of Dyce also won the Small Towns award.
Aberdeen, along with every city in the world needs to become smarter, more efficient and significantly reduce its carbon footprint. For this reason Aberdeen has signed up to the Covenant of Mayors, a global initiative that requires signatory’s to measure their baseline emissions and establish an action plan to be achieve emission reductions through improved energy efficiency measures and greater use of renewable energy sources
Powering Aberdeen is Aberdeen’s Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP). It sets out our plans to reduce emissions across the city through a combination of measures:
Delivering Powering Aberdeen will provide wider benefits including improved health and wellbeing, better air quality, lower energy costs and the opportunity to promote collaboration to encourage industry growth in low carbon technology.
Through Powering Aberdeen we want to actively encourage the public sector, businesses, the community and individual citizens to come forward and work with us to deliver change and are keen to hear from anyone who is developing exciting initiatives or programmes which we can learn from and share to increase uptake across the city.
City of Aberdeen is a member of Energy Cities since 2012
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