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Working group meeting is next step in Thurso's net-zero journey

By Alan Hendry

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A survey found strong support for Thurso aiming to be Scotland's first net-zero town. Picture: Highlands Aerial Views
A survey found strong support for Thurso aiming to be Scotland's first net-zero town. Picture: Highlands Aerial Views

A meeting next week could take Thurso a step closer to achieving its target of net-zero carbon emissions.

It comes after a report was compiled by Thurso Community Development Trust (TCDT) from the results of a local survey late last year.

The trust asked for the community's thoughts on Thurso’s climate and on becoming a net-zero town.

Most respondents were concerned about climate change and had noticed a change in Thurso’s weather since they were a child. Nearly all agreed that Thurso should aim to be the first net-zero town in Scotland.

TCDT net-zero graduate Kara Scott said: “I’m very excited to work with the Thurso community to begin the journey of becoming Scotland’s first net-zero town. I think that it will be a huge achievement for the community and will encourage and empower other towns and communities to do the same.”

In the survey, the trust also asked if anyone would like to become a member of its net-zero working group. This will be an informal peer-to-peer group that will meet monthly to discuss the challenges and solutions for achieving a net-zero Thurso.

TCDT development manager Joan Lawrie said: “We put the community at the heart of everything that we do and have chosen to facilitate the net-zero working group so that their voices are heard throughout all stages of achieving a net-zero Thurso."

The first net-zero working group meeting takes place on Wednesday May 25, at the TCDT office in Rotterdam Street (above the Socially Growing shop), from 7pm until 9pm. Everyone is welcome to go along and join in the discussions.

TCDT chairperson Helen Allan said: “This working group will be the beginning of Thurso’s journey to net-zero. It will be a challenging one – but, with the community at the heart of it, I believe it can be achieved. Together, we can do this.”

Further net-zero activities will be promoted on the trust's website and social media in the coming months, including presentations and workshops as part of the Highland Climate Festival in late June and early July.

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