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The Islands Centre for Net Zero (ICNZ) is hosting joint open days in the Western Isles, Orkney, and Shetland to engage local communities and businesses, and try to get them involved in reducing carbon emissions – with hot drinks and cake promised to participants. 

As part of the UK and Scottish Government funded Islands Growth Deal, the ICNZ will focus on how to accelerate decarbonisation across Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles, focusing on what makes sense for the local people and environment.

Project partners are keen to hear from residents, community groups and businesses on what challenges and opportunities should be prioritised by ICNZ to have the biggest impact.

The open day will be hosted in Stromness, Stornoway, and Lerwick, concurrently, with online links available for those unable to attend in person.

Alongside panel discussions on key topics, there will be a drop-in information area with hot drinks and cake, where the ICNZ team will be on hand throughout the afternoon.

Organisers say: "This is the perfect opportunity to come along and find out more about the ICNZ, how you can get involved and influence the project and decarbonisation solutions in your area."

The event will take place on Thursday 7 December between 1pm – 6pm at: UHI North, West and Hebrides, Stornoway campus, Lady Lever Park, Stornoway Castle Grounds, HS2 0XR

They plan to host similar events in Uist and Barra during 2024 to allow local communities and businesses to fully engage with the ICNZ.

Topics including decarbonising transport, future-proofing business, enterprise and tourism, agriculture and land use and decarbonising domestic and community buildings and addressing fuel poverty will be discussed. The full schedule along with more information can be found at Events | Islands Centre for Net Zero (icnz.org)