Bute has been chosen to take part in a European project promoting energy saving and awareness as part of a continent-wide ‘intelligent energy’ programme.
The island has been selected as an ‘Island Buddy’ in the Promise project run by Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE), a European Commission initiative.
The programme will see Bute receive help and mentoring from projects on two other islands - Samsø in Denmark and the Westman Islands in Iceland - as well as having its own page on the IEE Promise website.
Bute was represented at a two-day conference in energy efficiency in European islands by Karen Hilton, assistant project manager of Towards Zero Carbon Bute, the project set up by Fyne Futures, a subsidiary of Rothesay-based housing association Fyne Homes, to monitor and reduce the island’s carbon footprint.
“This is a great opportunity for Bute to learn from and assist other islands in their efforts to be more energy efficient,” Karen said.
“The project recognises that Islands whether remote or not are more vulnerable to energy supply. It also promotes good practice and all the materials presented at the conference will be available to Bute as an ‘Island Buddy’.
“Unfortunately, there is no financial benefit to TZCB to being part of the programme, at this time, but the wealth of knowledge being made available will certainly be a bonus!”
The IEE’s Promise project seeks to promote energy savings and awareness among households situated on some of Europe’s most beautiful and remote islands.
Much of its work is inspired by Samsø, located some nine miles from the Danish Jutland peninsula, which won a government competition in 1997 to become a model renewable energy community and now sources all of its electricity from wind power.