BERWICK Community Trust has appointed Derek Russell as its Low Carbon Project Officer tasked with facilitating the development of a strategy to move the town towards a more sustainable future.
During these challenging times the Low Carbon Berwick project will seek to support residents to manage their energy and resource consumption as efficiently as possible while preparing the to make the very best use of the resources available to Berwick now and in the future.
The Trust believes many opportunities exist with the potential to enhance the town, lower its carbon footprint and support Berwick’s economy. Ecotourism can help to draw visitors to the town while a number of local businesses have considerable experience in renewable energy generation. Making more of local produce and goods can reduce transport related emissions and costs and give people more choices.
Derek said: “My role is to find ways to help all sections of the community; households, businesses community groups and individuals to find ways to better use the scarce resources they have, not just now but for years to come. This includes reducing energy costs and waste, helping with access to relevant financial support and incentives and generally helping residents to lower their environmental impact. It is not about spending money that people do not have.”
The Trust’s Chief Executive, Julien Lake, added: “We are really excited about this project and Derek’s appointment. Many individuals and businesses are struggling at the moment and there are real opportunities for residents to save money on energy costs and for businesses to impact the bottom line through considering how they work and operate.
“This isn’t a project just about being green, it is a real opportunity to save money and impact the quality of life our residents enjoy.”
The project will seek to join up the great work already being done by many people and organisations locally and further and help them to maximise their impact.
Derek added: “I do not accept the idea that we cannot afford to move towards ‘green’ solutions, in fact I believe Berwick cannot afford not to given the distances our goods travel, the way our services are provided and our remoteness from Newcastle and Edinburgh.”
Derek will be in contact with many people in the coming weeks to get the project going and would welcome approaches from anyone who would like to help to shape Berwick’s Low Carbon Strategy.
In the next few weeks drop in sessions will be running for any individuals who need help and advice relating to home energy. This could be anything from how houses can be better insulated through to getting the best deal from an energy company. Come along to the trust’s offices on Castlegate on a
Friday in February between 2.30pm and 3.30 pm or by arrangement at other times.
Derek Russell can be contacted at the trust on 01289 303366 from Wednesday to Friday, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Twitter @DerekRussell8