Business and political leaders champion the green revolution with the launch of Forth Valley for Net Zero campaign

Aug 3, 2021

On Monday 2 August at the Falkirk Wheel, Falkirk Economic Partnership launched the Forth Valley for Net Zero campaign. The event was attended by Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport and MSP for Falkirk West; Paul Davies, President and MD of Alexander Dennis Ltd; Stuart Collings, Chief Executive of Ineos O&P UK; Charles Hammond, Chief Executive of Forth Ports; Professor Martin Tangney, President of Celtic Renewables along with key local business representatives, education establishments and Council leaders supporting the drive to Net Zero.

Forth Valley for Net Zero counts down to UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow in November and marks the start of a decade of delivery in the area to drive down emissions to meet Net Zero targets. The aim of the campaign is to showcase what businesses and local authorities are doing now to help achieve Net Zero and attract COP26 delegates into the area to find out more about the technological and process innovations taking place that will help them meet their Net Zero targets.

Forth Valley business and communities are driving a new green revolution to help tackle climate change. Once, this area was at the forefront of the industrial revolution that changed the world. Now, the Forth Valley is playing its part in a new green revolution to cut emissions and help stop climate change. The Forth Valley is home to big businesses who are committed to making big cuts in emissions from their operations as well as innovators whose new technologies will help communities all over the world reduce their carbon footprint. This includes Alexander Dennis Ltd who showcased their electric bus at the event, Ineos who recently announced they are part of the Acorn carbon capture and storage project as part of the Scottish Cluster and Arcola Energy who are developing hydrogen trains at Bo’ness. There are also farms, small businesses, third-sector organisations, and individuals all committed to making small changes that will make a big difference to achieving Net Zero.

The campaign will also look beyond COP26 to provide assurances that climate positive innovation is happening and that there will be future jobs for people in the green economy.

All eyes will be on Glasgow and Scotland in November as the UK hosts the COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference. It’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase how the Forth Valley is playing a leading role in helping Scotland and the UK hit their Net Zero targets. Forth Valley for Net Zero is here to show how anyone in the area can make a difference.

 

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“INEOS is pleased to be engaged with the Forth Valley for Net Zero partnership as it allows us all to share our commitments, leverage our shared experience, and ensure that the communities we call ‘neighbours’ are fully informed about how we are all working together in the journey to cut emissions. INEOS at Grangemouth has already reduced its emissions by 37% since 2005 and we pledge to meet our own Net Zero commitments, so contributing to the national commitment to get to Net Zero by 2045.”
Stuart Collings, INEOS O&P


“Falkirk Council declared a climate emergency in 2019 and we are working on de-carbonising our own estate and operations by 2030. We are proud to be a lead partner in Forth Valley for Net Zero and with our community and industry partners will drive the Net Zero agenda forward not just for our area, but for the whole of Scotland.”
Cllr Cecil Meiklejohn, Leader of Falkirk Council


Amelia Morgan, Director of People and Governance at Scottish Canals, said: “We are delighted to host the launch of the Forth Valley for Net Zero campaign at the Falkirk Wheel and earlier this month we announced our own plans to achieve net zero by 2030. We are currently setting out a road map for achieving this. As one of Scotland’s top tourist attractions, not only do we have ambitious plans to green The Falkirk Wheel, we want to ramp up our climate adaptation and mitigation innovations across the canal network.”


“I was delighted to join the launch of the Forth Valley for Net Zero Campaign. The partnership campaign is a great example of how industry, government and community can work together towards long term and strategic goals of becoming a net zero nation.
Michael Matheson, MSP, Falkirk West


“We are proud to be part of the Forth Valley for Net Zero partnership, as Fuel Change has evolved from a collaboration of the finest Forth Valley has to offer. The drive of Forth Valley’s next generation was demonstrated at the Forth Valley for Net Zero event with students and apprentices taking part in the interviews with industry leaders and politicians.”
Jennifer Tempany, founder, Fuel Change

 

Back row L-R: Jennifer Tempany, Founder, Fuel Change; Charles Hammond OBE, Chief Executive, Forth Ports; Stuart Collings, Chief Executive, Ineos O&P UK; James Napier, Co-Founder, Scottish Net Zero Community; Paul Davies, President & MD, Alexander Dennis Ltd; Kenneth Lawrie, Chief Executive, Falkirk Council; Mark Simmers, CEO, Celtic Renewables. Front Row L-R: Michael Matheson MSP; Cllr Ellen Forson, Leader of Clackmannanshire Council; Cllr Cecil Meiklejohn, Leader of Falkirk Council; Professor Martin Tagney OBE, Founder & President, Celtic Renewables.

 

Additional information
To find out more about the campaign, visit our website at www.forthvalleyfornetzero.co.uk

Or for further information on the press release, please contact:
Tracey Martin, Economic Development Office at Falkirk Council
Tel: 01324 590967 Email: tracey.martin@falkirk.gov.uk

Laura McIntyre, Principle Economic Development Officer at Falkirk Council
Tel: 01324 590988 Email: laura.mcIntyre@falkirk.gov.uk

 

Notes for editors
The communication partners for the Forth Valley for Net Zero campaign include Falkirk Council, INEOS, Scottish Canals, Forth Ports, Arcola Energy, Alexander Dennis Ltd, Forth Valley College, St Andrew’s University, Scottish Enterprise, Celtic Renewables, Fuel Change, Falkirk Community Trust and Net Zero Scotland Community.

Falkirk Economic Partnership includes Falkirk Council, INEOS, Scottish Canals, Forth Ports, Alexander Dennis Ltd, Forth Valley College, Stirling University, Scottish Enterprise, John Mitchell Haulage and SEPA.

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