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Peer Climate Network meeting in Edinburgh

Local authority relationships a focus of meeting at ELREC.

This was the third meeting of the Edinburgh, Lothian and Borders Peer-Peer Climate Network in 2016/17 and was hosted by Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council (ELREC).

ELREC run the Communities for Conservation project which engages with diverse Ethnic Minority communities in Edinburgh to improve home energy efficiency, reducing fuel bills, fuel poverty and carbon emissions. The project is funded through the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund and project activities include home energy efficiency advice visits and a drop in centre. Additional workshops and initiatives help cut carbon emissions from food and travel and raise awareness of climate change.

Suzy Goodsir from Greener Kirkcaldy was the guest speaker, talking about the experience of working with Fife Council, plus how the Fife Communities Climate Action Network has been linking into the community plan in Fife.

Scottish Communities Climate Action Network commissioned research about the nature of relationships between community-led groups and their local authorities. The findings of the research produced showed that while many groups work collaboratively with their local authority, about a quarter struggle to report a good productive relationship. The report drills down to find out what makes a good relationship and identifies steps which groups can take to improve their relationship and aims to support communities who take action on climate change.

Keep Scotland has facilitated Peer-Peer Climate Networks across Scotland as part of our management of the Climate Challenge Fund on behalf of the Scottish Government. You can find your local network on the Climate Challenge Fund website.

18 January 2017

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