March 25, 2012
Here at the 2020 Delivery Group, one of our main aims is to seek ways in which Scotland’s business, voluntary and public sectors can work together to help achieve Scotland’s green targets. It’s a big task, but one we’re convinced can be done.
Jo Bucci, 2020 member and Managing Director of People’s Postcode Lottery, explains how her organisation is allowing the public to get involved in targeting climate change on a personal level:
“Here at People’s Postcode Lottery we attest to the idea that what we do on a personal level can make a big difference in the grand scheme of green behaviour. Over the past month we’ve launched several campaigns aimed at allowing the public to do just that- whether it’s improving their homes or pioneering innovation in climate change.
“Many of you will remember WWF’s keen support of the 2020 Delivery Group upon its formation, with the charity wholeheartedly welcoming the creation of the group. As an organisation, WWF Scotland stands at the forefront of environmental and climate change platforms, and is one of our designated charity partners here in Scotland.
“In 2010 we launched a £5,000 ‘Eco-Home Makeover’ to celebrate this new partnership, and this year we have supported WWF’s Earth Hour in Scotland. Our green initiatives don’t stop there though- through our £600,000 Dream Fund we’re offering communities and charities across Scotland the opportunity to realise a ‘dream’ project with funding of up to £100,000. To date we’ve funded four projects, from a scheme to reinvigorate Edinburgh’s cycle routes to a project which looks to help the community of South Uist protect their land and livelihoods from the ravages of climate change. More information on these can be found in the ‘case studies’ section of this website.
“Our grant-giving arm, the People’s Postcode Trust, has given over £2.1 million to over 419 community projects, many of which have a green aims. Examples include community allotments in built-up urban areas, a children’s orchard and a household energy efficiency taskforce.
“Lastly, green entrepreneurs across the globe are invited to submit innovative ideas for services and products aimed at reducing CO2 emissions as part of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge. The winning sustainable product or service will receive €500,000, with two further green ideas receiving €100,000 each. The deadline for this challenge is fast approaching, on July 29th 2011, with further information found at www.greenchallenge.info”
This project, which received £65,238 from the People’s Postcode Lottery Dream Fund, aims to restore a 90-year-old Micro Hydro so that the community of Kingussie can produce their own ‘green’ electricity.
It will produce an estimated 72,250kwh of power a year, raising around £15,000 through Feed in Tariffs and helping the community reduce its annual CO2 emissions by around 36 tonnes.
Kingussie Community Development Company (KCDC) and Kingussie and Vicinity Community Council (KVCC) worked together on the Micro Hydro proposal. They held joint meetings and surveys with residents to confirm that the project had the support of the local community.
Around 500 people are expected to benefit as a result of the Micro Hydro. It will include a viewing platform with disabled access and schools will be invited on guided tours. Money raised through Feed in Tariffs will be used to fund other community projects including sports coaching, forest initiatives, paths maintenance and energy efficiency in homes and businesses.
Additional funding was secured from Leader Cairngorm, Greenshoots Fund, Highland Council, Naturesave Trust and Scottish Community Foundation.