Following on from the Climate Conversation meetings held in October 2019 and January 2020 (more to follow), it was suggested that a dedicated Assynt Development Trust web page be created with useful links relating to how people can get involved locally with climate action and other environmental action. This is it!
(Ideas are welcome as to what resources and links could go on here.)
Journey to Zero Waste Assynt – a facebook group with environmental discussions, notifications of local actions like beach cleans, and lots of interesting links and ideas.
Lochinver Lift Share – a facebook group for people seeking or offering lifts to and from Assynt, great for helping reduce carbon emissions from travel.
Planet Sutherland – is a climate action and environmental group which formed in 2019. Their main aim is simply to help everyone do more to help the planet. Their carbon cafes are provide opportunities to discuss climate issues, to share knowledge and get questions answered. These are one of the places where ideas for community instigated projects develop involving business, energy efficiency, recycling, food growing etc. Whilst it started out in the Ardgay & Lairg areas, it is Sutherland-wide and aims to help anyone get started on their climate journey or to join forces with other similar groups. Contact details are below, including links to our Highland Environmental Collaborative directory.
Planet Sutherland Website – https://www.planetsutherland.com/
Planet Sutherland Facebook Group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/PlanetSutherland/
Planet Sutherland Twitter – https://twitter.com/planetsutherlnd
Planet Sutherland Linkedin – https://www.linkedin.com/company/planet-sutherland
Planet Sutherland Environmental Directory – Sutherland Environmental Organisations
Home Energy Scotland – a network of local advice centres, with expert advisors offering free, impartial advice on energy saving, keeping warm at home, renewable energy, greener travel, cutting water waste and more. Their mission is to help people in Scotland create warmer homes, reduce their bills and help tackle climate change.
Electric Vehicle Loan Scheme – interest-free loans are available up to £35,000 to buy new electric vehicles, repayable over 6 years.
Click on link above, or call 0808 808 2282 to ask about the scheme for a personal vehicle, or 0800 0931 669 to ask about the scheme for a business vehicle.
Resource Efficient Scotland – provides advice to businesses on energy saving and reducing water use and waste.
They also operate a loan scheme for businesses towards the costs of these measures, which is interest free up to £100,000, and currently offers 15% ‘cashback’ on this loan, effectively meaning 15% of the amount is received as grant, not needing repaying.
(From April 2020 this loan will only be available towards energy-saving measures, not waste/water use reduction.)
Energy Saving Scotland offers Transport Scotland interest-free loans for the purchase of eBikes – the loan is for up to £6,000, repayable over 4 years, and covers the following (per household):
- 2 x ebikes capped at £3,000 each
- 1 x family ecargo bike capped at £6,000
- 1 x adaptive ebike capped at £6,000
Link: Energy Saving Trust eBike Loan page or call 0808 808 2282.
Baddi-Bikes – bike hire in Assynt
People staying in Assynt can hire bikes to explore the area in an environmentally friendly way from: Baddi-bikes, based at Baddidarroch, Lochinver.