ALI en­ergy com­bats global is­sue in Ar­gyll

The Oban Times - - Business -

A SMALL Oban-based or­gan­i­sa­tion and mem­ber of a net­work of en­ergy agen­cies across Europe is do­ing its bit to en­sure all house­holds in Ar­gyll and Bute have ac­cess to af­ford­able en­ergy and are not vul­ner­a­ble to fuel debt.

Es­tab­lished in 1999 by Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil un­der the EU ‘SAVE’ pro­gramme, ALIen­ergy (Ar­gyll, Lomond and the Is­lands En­ergy Agency) is ded­i­cated to chang­ing the way en­ergy is used in the re­gion and be­yond, and does so by im­prov­ing pub­lic knowl­edge of, and en­gage­ment in, re­new­able en­ergy and en­ergy ef­fi­ciency is­sues and com­bat­ing fuel poverty.

The aim is that more peo­ple take ac­tion in their lives to in­crease en­ergy sav­ing and sup­port re­new­able en­ergy, so that all house­holds have ac­cess to af­ford­able en­ergy and are not vul­ner­a­ble to fuel debt.

Sup­port­ing the lo­cal com­mu­nity is a key fo­cus for ALIen­ergy. It de­liv­ers a wide va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties that demon­strate this, in­clud­ing sup­port to com­mu­nity re­new­able en­ergy projects, fa­cil­i­ta­tion of and sup­port for lo­cal and re­gional sup­ply chains, sup­port of lo­cal skills de­vel­op­ment, area-based en­ergy ef­fi­ciency in­stal­la­tion schemes for na­tional and lo­cal gov­ern­ment, and en­ergy ed­u­ca­tion in schools and com­mu­ni­ties. Although the work of this or­gan­i­sa­tion cov­ers the county of Ar­gyll and the isles of Bute and Ar­ran, it is com­bat­ing a global is­sue. En­ergy ef­fi­ciency and en­ergy aware­ness will mit­i­gate the global cli­mate change, which many pre­dict will lead to mas­sive dis­rup­tion of the world’s pop­u­la­tions.

ALIen­ergy is a mem­ber of the In­dus­trial Biotech­nol­ogy In­no­va­tion Cen­tre (IBioIC), a cen­tre com­posed of spe­cial­ists in the in­dus­trial biotech­nol­ogy (IB) sec­tor to help stim­u­late the growth and suc­cess of the IB in­dus­try in Scot­land.

IBioIC plays a key role in de­liv­er­ing Scot­land’s Na­tional Plan for In­dus­trial Biotech­nol­ogy, for which the mis­sion is to grow IB-re­lated turnover in Scot­land to £900 mil­lion by 2025. As such, ALIen­ergy has huge po­ten­tial to drive the Scot­tish IB in­dus­try for­ward.

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