Mike Vickers' Blog

December 31, 2009

Climate Change Opportunities for Linlithow

Filed under: Linlithgow Climate Change — derryvickers @ 11:55 am

I have taken Alan Brown’s activities and suggested what we might achieve on each of them and why.  Please provide your own thoughts and add any that you feel we should strive for.

 

Climate Change Activity

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1.      
 

More local / seasonal food and related services/infrastructure/skills/jobs/etc.

10%

Save on transport from local food

2.      
 

More use of sustainable transport – buses, trains, cycling, walking, etc

10%

Limited by need for some people to travel to work

3.      
 

More homes insulated to the max

7%

I suspect not possible to insulate older properties

4.      
 

More renewables in town. Mostly solar thermal as that’s the easiest 1st step for many.

7%

That’s what we seem to get

5.      
 

Detailed research/costings on community scale renewables.

 

 

6.      
 

A local currency, more local jobs, and a Development Trust

5%

Local jobs would reduce need for commuting. 
Development Trust does not of itself save but aids new ideas and solutions

7.      
 

Improvements to public buildings / lighting / boilers / insulation / controls etc.

 

Covered by 4.

8.      
 

Greater recycling rates and services, esp for glass and High Street/flats.

7%

Would be nice to know what the Council get paid for recycled material and how much saved by not having to landfill

9.      
 

Improvements to business practices / produces and services

 

 

10.  
 

Support for ECO tourism in services offered etc

5%

Work with ScotRail to provide reduced fares for Palace visit

11.  
 

Changes to education – skills – cooking / sustainability choices / etc.

 

 

12.  
 

A connected local authority who’s helping to deliver solutions and to solve their own issues

3%

Frequent bus service to Livingston and St John’s

13.  
 

Local electricity

10%

I can’t see turbines on Cockleroy insurmountable

14.  
 

Education programme for Schools

5%

 

 

Average saving

7%

 

Personally I would group 5,7, 9, and 11 under Development Trust.  I
have added a separate item for School Education as this I see as critical

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