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Sustainable Communities

Community Energy

Sustainable communities are places where people want to live and work, now and in the future.  They balance and integrate the social, economic and environmental components of their community in order to meet the diverse needs of existing and future residents, are sensitive to their environment, and contribute to a high quality of life. 

Community Energy Priorities

Renewable Energy Installations

Our Housing Service has undertaken a major initiative to make our housing stock more energy efficient.  As well as extensive loft and cavity insulation, solar panels PV is being installed through a phased programme of work on all suitable housing stock and battery storage is being trialed to maximise renewable energy use.

These initiatives not only save our tenants money on energy bills but also reduce carbon emissions and generates an income through feed-in tariffs to enable the Council to further roll out the programme.

97% of the Council stock that have attics have loft insulation to a depth of 300mm+ per property.

100% of Council stock with external walls of cavity construction have cavity wall insulation.

So far, over 1,513 solar panels have been installed on homes and the programme will provide a further 500 homes with solar panels.

Eco-Schools

The Eco-Schools Scotland programme is made up of a set of Seven Elements that are used to plan action on environmental issues and that form the criteria for the Green Flag Award. To earn a Green Flag Award, schools need to follow the Seven Elements, ensuring that Eco-Schools is pupil-led, linked to the curriculum and involves the whole school and wider community.

Eco-Schools Scotland is designed to encourage whole-school community action on Learning for Sustainability. The programme encourages young people to engage in their environment by allowing them the opportunity to actively protect it.  The programme starts in the classroom and expands to the whole school, eventually fostering change in the community at large.

Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act - The Community Empowerment Act will help to empower community bodies through the ownership of land and buildings, and by strengthening their voices in the decisions that matter to them.  It will also improve outcomes for communities by improving the process of community planning, ensuring that local service providers work together even more closely with communities to meet the needs of the people who use them

Energy Savings Trust - works in partnership with community organisations to provide help and support to individuals. 

Local Energy Scotland - helping Scotland's communities and businesses benefit from renewable energy

 

 

Last updated: Thursday, December 19, 2019 12:47 PM