The Green Heat Innovation Support Programme is backed with £17.6million of funding from the Scottish Government. The idea is to research and develop new and green heating solutions.
The Cycling Walking and Safer Routes budget which goes directly to local authorities is increased from nearly £24 million to £35 million for 2022/23.
Islanders may find this hard to take in but building standards applied across the UK would make homes in areas with the highest rates of fuel poverty even draughtier.
Inequality is built into our UK energy systems where the places producing the most renewable energy, and exporting it south, are also paying the highest tariffs to buy back that same electricity to heat their homes and power their businesses.
In Orkney in 2019/20 only £20 was spent per head of population, the lowest for any Health Board in Scotland. In comparison in The Western Isles £156 per head was spent.
“The global climate emergency is at the centre of our Programme for Government and we have already put in place the most ambitious climate legislation and targets of any country.”