Sustainable development is about enabling all people to satisfy their basic needs and enjoy a good quality of life without compromising the quality of life of future generations.  The concept of sustainable development can be interpreted in many different ways, but at its core is an approach to development that looks to balance different and often competing needs against an awareness of the environmental, social and economic limitations we face as a society.

As Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh has a key role in promoting a sustainable Scotland in line with the Sustainable Development goals (2015).   Edinburgh has a quality of life consistently rated as one of the highest in the UK.  Edinburgh’s popularity with people who want to live, work, study or simply visit is a huge benefit to the city but also presents some very particular challenges.

All too often, development is driven by one particular need, without fully considering the wider or future impacts. The longer we pursue unsustainable development, the more severe its consequences are likely to become.


We want you to tell us...

  • Where is Edinburgh currently leading the way in sustainability?
  • What needs to be improved in Edinburgh to ensure the quality of life and rights of future citizens?
  • What would a sustainable Edinburgh look like in 2050?

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