City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Climate Cash For Green Heritage Project

By edg - Posted on 14 March 2012

New Town Edinburgh

Edinburgh World Heritage's Green Heritage project and Transition Heriot-Watt are among the latest beneficiaries of a new round of £6.9 million funding to combat climate change.

The Scottish Government announced that 43 groups across Scotland have been awarded over £6.9 million for the next three years under the Climate Challenge Fund (CCF).

The distribution of money ranges from £450,000 for a range of initiatives run by Sustaining Dunbar over the three year period, to £90,730 for bicycle confidence courses run by the Velocity Cafe and Bicycle Workshop in Inverness.

Edinburgh World Heritage's Green Heritage project has been awarded £189,993  to help reduce fuel poverty and cut carbon emissions in the World Heritage Site (WHS) by 600 tonnes of CO2 by the end of March 2015.

The new community-led projects will include practical energy efficiency workshops, creating more historic vegetable gardens, food-waste activities and innovative active travel initiatives.

The WHS Energy Efficiency Manager will help local communities in fuel poverty and in disadvantaged areas around the World Heritage Site, while a new Youth Officer will empower young people to act as leaders in the climate change agenda by ensuring that green skills are passed on to future generations.

Transition Heriot-Watt has been awarded £388,544 to build on successes with behaviour among staff and students when travelling to and from the campus, with initiatives to reduce food waste, healthier eating, making homes more energy efficient, and addressing barriers that discourage people from cycling to the campus.