Charlie Black

Carbon Neutral Islands Off-Grid Officer

Charlie's role focuses on supporting off-grid island communities as part of the Carbon Neutral Islands project.

I returned to Community Energy Scotland in August 2023, to support Off-Grid Island communities with their involvement in the Carbon Neutral Island’s project.

I studied Geography (BSc) at the University of Hull, which sparked my interest and passion for environmentalism and sustainable development. This led me to pursuing a master’s degree in Renewable Energy (MSc) at Heriot Watt’s Orkney campus, from which I graduated in 2018.

I previously worked at CES for three years, as the Innovation Development Officer attached to projects; ReFLEX Orkney and SMILE. These schemes sought to decarbonise the Orkney electrical grid. I then went on to work at EMEC as a Project Officer, helping to deliver innovation projects focused on Hydrogen Storage and Integrated Energy Systems.

Throughout my studies and during my time in the workplace, I have developed skills in a variety of fields, including Project Management, Co-ordination, Procurement and Stakeholder Engagement.

I am keen to put these skills to use once again with the CNI project, where I’m excited to assist isolated communities develop plans for decarbonisation and implement strategies for improving their resilience to the impacts of climate change and energy security.

Originally from West London but I’m now permanently based in Orkney. Outside of work you’ll most likely find me, exploring nature, running, skateboarding or supporting my beloved Arsenal FC

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