A range of activities aimed at tackling climate change in Clackmannanshire have saved over 37,000 tonnes of carbon and helped households to make significant savings on energy bills, helping Clackmannanshire do its bit to combat the global climate emergency.
A programme of school classroom upgrades, investment in digital technology and housing energy efficiency projects are making substantial inroads into reducing carbon emissions across the council and helping to improve the environment for residents.
Private sector households received home energy efficiency improvements including external wall insulation and solar PV systems through Energy Efficient Scotland: Area Based Scheme. The scheme delivered £769,576 of energy efficient improvements, meaning lower energy costs and reduced environmental impact. The Scottish Government have awarded a further £653,298 this financial year for homeowners experiencing failed insulation and high energy bills.
Further support from the Council’s Home Energy Advice Team has helped residents living in, or at risk of, fuel poverty to tackle rising fuel costs and carbon emissions. The team have successfully provided over £2.5m of savings to those in fuel debt and fuel poverty and accumulated a total of 37,345.45 tonnes of lifetime carbon savings.
Active travel and access to the outdoors have also seen improvements. In partnership with Naturescot, our Countryside Rangers improved accessibility across core paths and have worked with our Community Development Learning Services to deliver a successful educational programme focussing on the environment and the countryside.
Council spokesperson for Environment and Housing, Councillor Craig Holden, said:
“I’m incredibly proud of the work that my colleagues have done to support the people of Clackmannanshire to reduce fuel poverty, improve the energy efficiency of their homes and enable greater access to the fantastic natural environment we have on our doorstep.
“There is no doubt that the climate emergency will have a profound impact on the way we live. Changes we make now will help reduce this impact, and help Clackmannanshire do its bit towards saving the planet.”
Full details of energy advice and energy efficiency programmes.