How Orkney can achieve community-based carbon transition – OREF Open Meeting 11th July 2023

How Orkney can achieve a community-based carbon transition

Presentations from Gareth Davies, CEO, Aquatera and Laura Hutton, Director, ICNZ

A key question, for many the main question, about carbon transition is who will pay for it.  The reality as ever with major global events is that in the end we will all pay for it both monetarily and in terms of the climate consequences that arise.  Over the last year the intensity of focus and jeopardy around the carbon transition has grown markedly, although not always in a progressive way.  Against the backdrop of an ever-growing climate crisis, exacerbated over this and the next few years by El Nino effects, the energy cost crisis, particularly in the UK; the Ukraine war and the shortening target timescales for decarbonisation the pathway to any kind of success is often unclear.  Not least with regards to the possible cost which is clearly a critical and central issue.

Over the last few years there have been a number of projects and activities that have been seeking to better understand this issue.  Under the ReFLEX project for example the team wanted to better understand how much we currently pay for energy and energy linked services and also how much a transition to a decarbonised model might cost.  It has then set about helping to establish place centered transition finance frameworks that work at a community level, in the community, for the community.  The Scottish Government CNI project has been seeking to map and compare islands and communities to better understand how each place can best adapt and achieve transition – seeking out the similarities as well as the differences.  In addition, the ICNZ project is seeking to establish a robust organisational framework around a wide basket of decarbonisation activities.

This event presents some of the findings to date and plans for the future setting out ideas and asking questions about how we can best navigate our way to a decarbonised, Net-Zero state by 2030!