Lismore Energy Project Natural Scotland

Mission statement
Promote energy saving and reduce fuel poverty on the island

Energy Project Information


  Steering Committee
  Project Officers
  Diary of Events
  Home Energy Checks
  Minutes of Meetings

Lismore Community Council, working with the Lismore Community Trust Interim Board, recently applied for funding from the Climate Challenge Fund, for an energy project on Lismore.  Earlier this year we heard that our bid was successful and we have been awarded 46,800 to be spent by the end of March 2011. 

About the Lismore Energy Project

The Lismore community needs to reduce its carbon footprint (by 42% by 2020 and 50% by 2050) and this will
be a challenge given its peripheral location and large distances travelled to get anywhere; constant rain and
relatively poor housing stock.

Recent studies commissioned by Argyll and Bute Council indicate that at least 51.7% of households in Oban, Lorn
and the Inner Isles (which includes Lismore) are in fuel poverty and anecdotal evidence suggest that rates on Lismore could be even higher than this.

The community highlighted the need for energy efficiency and renewable projects in community consultation days
in 2008 and 2009. Since then, potential projects have been discussed by the Lismore Community Trust
Steering Group and the project aims to

  Build capacity and resilience within the community

  Ensure a sustainable future by reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and our dependency
on fossil fuels

  Encourage energy saving installations and behavioural change

  Provide energy educational information and raise the awareness of the options open
to the island residents

  Promote the use of local produce

  Promote the benefits of recycling and composting

  Encourage low carbon travel

  Research community biased renewable projects.

We also aim to identify the barriers to individuals becoming actively involved in carbon reduction measures
in remote rural and, specifically, Island communities and to find ways of overcoming them.

Part 1 will involve conducting household energy audits; preparing household energy saving/carbon reduction plans;
helping eligible households to fund and install insulation.

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