A project set up to cut Bute’s carbon footprint has been praised in the Scottish Parliament.
Mike MacKenzie, SNP MSP for the Highlands and Islands, has tabled a motion at Holyrood congratulating Towards Zero Carbon Bute after the scheme was chosen as the winner of the 2014 National Energy Globe Award for the UK.
The text of Mr MacKenzie’s motion is as follows:
“That the Parliament congratulates everyone at the project, Towards Zero Carbon Bute, which is run by Fyne Futures, on it being presented with the National Energy Globe Award for the United Kingdom; believes that the project has delivered significant carbon reductions on the Isle of Bute via recycling waste management, reuse of furniture, growing produce, raising awareness and promoting behavioural change across a number of themes, including low-carbon travel initiatives, energy efficiency and renewable technologies; understands that it promotes training, education and health improvement and has a particular focus on alleviating unemployment; believes that the project has reduced the island’s CO2e emissions by 5,274 tonnes; commends Fyne Futures on what it sees as an outstanding project that has delivered significant carbon reductions, and hopes that other communities will be inspired by Bute’s recognition on the global stage for its role in tackling climate change.”
The motion had attracted support from ten other MSPs at the time this article was published - Chic Brodie, Roderick Campbell, Joan McAlpine, Rob Gibson,Adam Ingram, Angus MacDonald, Kenneth Gibson, Annabelle Ewing and Kevin Stewart, all SNP colleagues of Mr MacKenzie, along with the Conservatives’ Highlands and Islands MSP Jamie McGrigor.
Towards Zero Carbon Bute is one of several ‘green’ projects run by Fyne Futures, the ‘sustainability’ arm of Rothesay-based housing association Fyne Homes.