Our key priority is to make Orkney net-zero by 2030 and maximise benefit from the opportunities this will provide. Moreover, we will ensure that communities are at the heart of the transition to net-zero. This net-zero goal must be the central driving force of the next council administration. The transition to net-zero is exciting, and positive change can happen in many areas from transport to housing. This will make the Orkney economy stronger, greener, and more prosperous by 2030 with new opportunities and benefits at every level in our communities. From tackling fuel poverty and transport emissions, to combating the problem of waste and developing a circular economy, the scale of the challenge is large. But by drawing on the world-leading experience and knowledge within Orkney, and working together, we can do it.
Establish an Orkney Islands Council net-zero team to manage the huge volume of coordination and planning across all services that the transition to net-zero will involve.
Suggest a multi-agency ‘Orkney Net-Zero Working Group’ to work together with partners like the Island centre for Net-Zero and communities through a much needed ‘Net-Zero 2030’ Strategy.
Support the Scapa Deep Water Quay subject to the removal of the LNG proposals.
Support phase II of the Harbours Masterplan adding infrastructure which is long overdue for North Isles piers.