Energy in Motion is a year-long project, started in 2020, aiming to raise awareness of sustainable transport opportunities amongst community groups across the Western Isles. Through this project Community Energy Scotland is able to provide an advice and support service for Western Isles community organisations who are interested in sustainable transport projects.
A survey of the organisations was conducted initially, to gauge the levels of interest, and the knowledge of and experience with sustainable transport projects. More than 10 community groups have since approached us for support with related funding applications.
As part of WIEiM Community Energy Scotland is planning sustainable transport awareness events and try out sessions for e-bikes and electric vehicles in 2021. This includes a Western Isles Sustainable Transport festival, a month long event which would take place in Spring 2021 and combine various challenges and events to raise awareness about sustainable transport. These activities will of course be based around any covid restrictions that may be in place at the time.
We have embarked on the delivery of a WIEiM webinar series, focusing on sustainable transport opportunities for groups in the Western Isles – these webinars have been designed and delivered in lieu of in-person awareness raising events which have been postponed till 2021.
The majority of funding for WIEiM is from Paths for All, with further support from the Western Isles Development Trust, the Robertson Trust and the Pebble Trust.