Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, has welcomed moves to enable the innovative work being done in Orkney to reduce emissions can be ‘showcased’ during the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) being hosted in Glasgow later this year.
The Environment Secretary, Roseanna Cunningham, confirmed that she recently met with Orkney Islands Council to discuss these ideas while making a ministerial statement to parliament on COP26.
Following the statement, Mr McArthur commented:
“Over the years, Orkney has developed a strong reputation when it comes to efforts to reduce emissions. From the leading role our islands have played in the development of marine energy to projects aimed at using renewables technologies in areas such as transport and heating, Orkney has shown itself to be highly innovative.
“The REFLEX project, for example, illustrates how local partners are coming together to find ways of reducing our dependency on fossil fuels and protecting the environment. I am in no doubt that the ambition of creating a ‘smart energy island’ is one that will be of enormous interest to those attending COP26 later this year, so finding ways of allowing this to happen is important. I welcome the discussions that are taking place and the words of support from the Environment Secretary today.
“The climate emergency demands a collaborative international response, and the sharing of best practice and ideas. Having the climate summit on our doorstep, offers a fantastic opportunity to showcase what is happening in Orkney as well as learn from the experience of others. Hopefully, that opportunity can be seized and I look forward to supporting those efforts in the months leading up to the summit in November.”