28 Apr 2009 04:04:15
Stirling on course to become first carbon neutral city in Scotland
Nearly 30 groups and associations have pledged their support to a scheme to turn Stirling into the first carbon neutral city in Scotland, it has been reported.
According to the Stirling Observer, the Cornton Over-50s Club and Stirling Council's Streetscapes Team are among those backing the Going Carbon Neutral Stirling (GCNS) campaign, which is part of the Keep Scotland Beautiful programme.
The newspaper reported that the Thistles Shopping Centre has also joined the effort, working with ten of its retailers to drastically reduce its carbon footprint.
Colin Moulson, manager of the mall, explained to the Observer that green operating procedures are now "essential" to commercial success in large-scale retail establishments such as Thistles.
"Over the coming months, shoppers will see pictures of footprints throughout the mall, together with ideas for carbon-cutting activities, all working to remind and encourage participation in this ground-breaking and prestigious project," he added.
The newspaper urged local residents looking to take part in the GCNS effort to reduce their central heating thermostats to between 18 and 21 degrees centigrade and bike or walk instead of taking the car on short journeys.
According to the Scottish government, which is helping to fund the project, this is the first time that any organisation in the UK has attempted to change "carbon-emitting behaviour" on such a large scale.
GCNS hopes to reduce the city's annual carbon dioxide emissions from the current Scottish average of 12 tonnes per person to a sustainable level of 1 tonne per head.http://www.goingcarbonneutralstirling.org.uk/