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Seven communities join climate action plan programme

06 December 2021

Today we announced the seven communities we will be working with to help them to develop bespoke climate action plans.

The communities are:

  • Arbroath FC Community Trust, Arbroath, Angus
  • Islay Energy Trust Ltd, South Islay Development, Jura Development Trust & Islay Development Initiative, Islay, Jura and Colonsay, Argyll & Bute
  • Knoydart Climate Conversations Working Group, Highland
  • The Pollokshields Trust, Glasgow
  • Getting Better Together, Shotts, North Lanarkshire
  • Darkwood Crew, Ferguslie, Paisley, Renfrewshire
  • Newcastleton & District Community Trust, Scottish Borders

The exciting new programme will support the seven communities from the Highlands to the Scottish Borders to produce tailored plans specific to their area and challenges. We will support the groups to begin their actions, signpost them to sources of further advice and funding relevant to their plan and help them establish how they will evaluate impact, over the coming months.

Net Zero Secretary Michael Matheson said: “COP26 coming to Scotland was a unique opportunity to advance the society-wide transformation demanded by the climate crisis and I am determined to make sure it leaves a lasting legacy.

“I’m delighted that our COP26 community engagement programme is empowering and supporting communities and individuals to explore and consider the changes needed in their local areas. Work in these seven communities will enable them to become involved in identifying low carbon solutions to local climate-related challenges, ensuring a fair and just transition is at the heart of our journey to becoming a net zero nation.”

Over the next few months, through a range of workshops, we will support groups to reimagine their community with a low carbon future in mind. We will help the community to set both short term and longer-term goals.”

Katie O’Donnell, Communities Manager with Keep Scotland Beautiful said, “We were really pleased to receive almost 50 applications from communities representing most areas of Scotland within just a two-week application timescale. The appetite for support from communities to take real, meaningful climate action is inspiring – and hopefully linked to increased awareness of the climate crisis following Glasgow hosting COP26.

“We’re very much looking forward to working with communities over the coming months to create a bespoke plan for action to tackle the climate crisis and to help Scotland meet the ambition of becoming a Net Zero Nation.”

Applications were received from a range of communities with populations ranging from 120 to over 60,000 people and the seven were selected to take their plans forward with our support.

The Community Climate Action Plan programme is supported by the Scottish Government as part of Scotland’s COP26 community engagement programme. For more information please contact


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