North Ayrshire Council is aiming to achieve net-zero carbon emissions within a decade after setting out “ambitious” plans to tackle the climate crisis.

The local authority – who declared a climate emergency last year - will ramp up its efforts in recognition of the global problem as it seeks to meet its 2030 target.

Elected members are expected to agree to a range of proposals at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

These include: engaging with higher education establishments to develop proposals for a solar farm project, opportunities to further increase the generation of renewable energy, develop innovative energy efficient homes, work in partnership to identify and implement sustainable opportunities for local businesses and council assets, investing in new technologies to deliver low carbon heat and energy supplies across domestic, non-domestic and transport sectors, introducing an Electric Vehicle (EV) Strategy, utilising available funding to install EV charge points across North Ayrshire to encourage the uptake of EVs.

Councillor Jim Montgomerie, cabinet member for place, said: “To have net-zero carbon emissions by 2030 is ambitious but we feel it is achievable and what is required.

“We employ over 6,000 staff, have over 700 buildings in the council’s estate, together with a social housing stock of over 13,000. The council also has an extensive fleet of over 500 vehicles – so we are therefore well placed to work in a sustainable manner and lead by example.”

The Saltcoats Cllr added: “We need buy-in from staff, partners and local businesses to see change really happening. Thankfully we have had lots of support and hopefully there will be even more over the coming weeks and months.”