Matthew Logan

Outer Hebrides Manager

Matthew heads up the CES Islands Centre for Net Zero team. He is also responsible for the project's activities in the Outer Hebrides.

As the Islands Centre for Net Zero (ICNZ) Outer Hebrides Manager my role focuses on promoting, facilitating and supporting innovative decarbonisation projects, trials and demonstrations across the Outer Hebrides. The ICNZ is a pan-Island innovation and research centre that will support communities in the Outer Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland to become leaders in the energy transition. We are working with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and the University of the Highlands and Islands Outer Hebrides to deliver the ICNZ local, and collaborating with partners in Orkney and Shetland to coordinate the Centre.

I’m really excited to be a part of the ICNZ and hopeful that the Centre will create opportunities for community groups and local businesses across our Islands to be leaders in decarbonising and sustainable living.

During my time at CES till now I have worked on a variety of projects across the Outer Hebrides and beyond, developing experience in sustainable transport, local energy planning, knowledge sharing events, stakeholder workshops and policy work. I’ve enjoyed the diversity of work and opportunities to learn about new technologies and local community needs. My favourite projects are those in which we work directly with a community and help them put project ideas into action.

Previous projects I’ve worked on include Western Isles Energy in Motion, Outer Hebrides Local Energy Hub, RIPEET, the Uist Local Energy Plan, Network 76 in Motion and Community Power Outer Hebrides. I’ve also enjoyed contributing to CES’s work on policy and planning for internal strategy.

In my spare time I love being active and exploring the outdoors. Trudging up hills, hunkering down in bothies and getting an early morning surf in are favourite activities. I moved to the Western Isles during lockdown in 2020 so have done a lot of exploring over the last few years and enjoy learning about the history, language, music and wildlife of the Islands.

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