The Islands Centre for Net Zero (ICNZ) is a pan-island distributed innovation centre, supported by the Islands Deal that will support Orkney, Shetland and the Outer Hebrides to become lighthouse communities in the energy transition.
This initiative is being developed by a consortium that is deeply rooted in the islands themselves. The lead is EMEC, accompanied by partners such as Orkney Islands Council, Shetland Islands Council, Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar, Heriot-Watt University, Aquatera Ltd, and Community Energy Scotland.
The ICNZ is supported by joint investment of up to £16.5 million from the UK Government and Scottish Government. Islands Deal funding will support the establishment of the core ICNZ facility at the Orkney Research and Innovation Campus, the creation of a decarbonisation toolbox, and investment in energy transition capital projects across the islands.
Are you experienced in working with community organisations and in community development? If so, and you also possess knowledge of the renewable energy sector, decarbonisation, climate accounting and Net Zero, we could be interested in hearing from you.
We are looking to recruit an energetic, well-organised and self-motivated individual to work as part of a team delivering Carbon Neutral Island Plans. You will be responsible for developing community climate change plans on the six carbon neutral islands, which build on the depth climate accounting exercises being carried out as part of this project.
Your high standard of communication, representation and co-ordination skills will serve to support island communities carry out meaningful local participation and engagement to inform the Community Climate Plans.
Research not accounts! Do you have effective partnership-building skills, and practical and effective experience of partnership working, especially with community groups? Knowledge of the renewable energy sector, decarbonisation, climate accounting and Net Zero is also essential for this role.
We are looking to recruit an energetic, well-organised and self-motivated individual to work as part of a team delivering Carbon Neutral Island Plans. You will be responsible for delivery of an in-depth climate accounting exercise on the six carbon neutral islands to provide the community with a clear account of the state of greenhouse gas emissions related to each island.
Experienced in research projects and working to funding specifications, your strong team-working skills in a research focussed manner and a good understanding of community development will help drive the success of this project.
If you have a creative mind, excellent networking and project development skills, and a track record in identifying and accessing project funding opportunities, this could be the perfect job for you.
Community Energy Scotland is Scotland’s only charity dedicated to supporting local communities develop their own decarbonisation projects and an outstanding Development Manager is vital for us to continue this work.
Experienced in community energy and committed to our values, you will be able to work effectively on your own and as part of our energetic team.
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.