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Scotland’s Travelling Cabinet meeting at Zero Waste Scotland offices

Zero Waste Scotland yesterday (Wednesday 7 August) hosted Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and her Cabinet as they met in our Stirling offices.

Addressing the climate emergency was the focus of their time in the city and Ms Sturgeon officially opened the Stirling District Heat Network Project. The project will provide heat to Zero Waste Scotland offices and a number of other local organisations from the nearby sewage treatment works.

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive of Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“It is a privilege to host the Scottish Cabinet at Zero Waste Scotland’s offices and for them to focus on the climate emergency during their time in Stirling. All our work, such as on Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme, reducing food waste and eliminating single-use items, is carried out with a view to reducing carbon emissions and protecting Scotland’s environment. It is vital that this commitment is led by those at the highest levels and we welcome the importance given to this issue by the Scottish Government.”

The Stirling District Heat Network Project is thought to be the first of its kind in the UK and is expected to save 381 tonnes of carbon a year, equivalent to 1.5million miles driving in an average petrol car or a passenger jet flying from Glasgow to Sydney 82 times.

“Our Energy and Low Carbon Heat team played an important role in the development of Stirling District Heat Network project,” said Iain.

“Developing new and innovative low carbon ways to heat our buildings is vitally important as we look to decarbonise our energy sources. To achieve this we have to be able to harness the opportunities provided by our existing resources and, by taking waste water and extracting the useful heat, the district heating system is a fantastic example of the circular economy in action.”

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