Wednesday 15th September comments: In today’s society we have all heard about climate change and the need to reduce carbon omissions. These very words would have been alien to many just a decade ago but now we are more aware of our impact on the planet and it is now that we need to do something before it is too late.
As part of this NatureScot and the Scottish government have set out a plan to reduce carbon emissions and become NetZero. NetZero is effectively ensuring the emissions produced are the same as those taken out of the atmosphere. The main greenhouse gases (GHGs) contributing to climate change include: Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Methane (CH4) and Nitrous Oxide (NO2) with both CO2 and NO2 sources including fossil fuel combustion. To meet the NetZero targets laid out by NatureScot and the Scottish Government there has to be a reduction in emissions. These reductions must come from permanent and sustainable changes in people’s daily lives and how we work.
As part of this we are always striving towards reducing our emissions on the Isle of May and look at new ways we can help reduce our impact on the planet. As a result in recent years we have invested in more solar panels (we now have 72) which ensures that our power during the spring and summer is brought directly from the sun. Last year we purchased an electric Polaris vehicle which has reduced the use of petrol (and our solar panels now charge this!) We have invested in recycled plastic picnic benches and even specialist Roseate tern nest boxes are made from recycled plastic, whilst rain water harvesting is a big priority. We recycle what we can and reuse material that is washed in (often using timber, which has washed in on the tide for jobs around the island). We accept we still have a long way to go but we are doing our bit and improving our footprint on the planet, so we can have a better future.