The UK Committee on Climate Change – which provides evidence based advice on the environment to the Westminster and Holyrood governments – is meeting in Edinburgh tomorrow (23 Jan), with an introduction by a Scottish Government representative.
Being held at the Edinburgh Centre for Climate Innovation, it is open to the public and is an opportunity for the London-based Committee to hear directly from a full range of stakeholders in Scotland, inclulding individuals and community groups.
The independent Committee on Climate Change – chaired by Lord Deben (previously known as John Gummer when he was a UK Environment Minister in the Thatcher government) – comprises of senior academics who consider how the UK should adapt to changes in the natural environment.
Steven Watson, spokesman for Community Energy Scotland, said: “Community energy projects contribute to community empowerment, add income and connect local people with a local sustainable energy future too.
“We need the Committee to report that government policy and regulation should support and favour community energy projects. We need to make sure that communities are enabled to generate and distribute power locally, and not hampered by regulations or unfair connection costs which can hamper local projects.
“Community energy projects are in the vanguard of change to a sustainable, renewable and secure energy future.”