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22 July 2010

Stevenson salutes local climate effort

Government funding helping communities like Comrie and Twechar go green

Climate Change Minister Stewart Stevenson is visiting Comrie tomorrow (Friday, 23 July) to see how a local community-led project is reducing village’s carbon footprint.

Funding from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund (CCF), is helping the Comrie Development Trust develop projects including a street-by-street insulation programme, community composting, food production, renewable energy production for community buildings and a local transport plan.

The Minister will be shown around the nearby Cultybraggan Eco–Hub, the former army base which has been redeveloped, again using the support of the CCF. The site now includes green buildings for local workspace and manufacturing, allotments for local food production and scope for leisure and recreation opportunities.

The Comrie Development Trust has received almost £476,000 for 2 groundbreaking projects from the Climate Challenge Fund.

Earlier in the day, the Minister will be in Twechar to see the work of Green Energy Aware Twechar – which is similarly using funding from the CCF to bring a community together to reduce Carbon emissions.

Speaking ahead of the visits, Mr Stevenson said:

“Only by working together in communities across Scotland can we hope to achieve the world leading climate change targets we have set.

“That is why the projects I am visiting today are so important. It shows people coming together where they live and taking innovative and concerted action to reduce carbon emissions.

“There are 261 CCF funded communities across Scotland and I hope that examples such as the ones I have visited today can inspire even more communities to take action to reduce carbon emissions.”
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