£2m for green recovery go to Scottish islands: A £2 million programme has been announced by the Scottish Government to help island communities to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, aimed at supporting locally-led green projects.

Now open for applications, the Islands Green Recovery Programme will deliver investment in low carbon transport, food sustainability and zero waste projects.

To help independent food retailers and businesses to introduce packaging-free shops and remove the need for disposable packaging will also get an allocation of the funding.

Those that aim to improve local supply chains, sustainable initiatives and climate change projects can also apply for funding.

The £2 million is split between:

£300,000 to introduce packaging-free shops – Zero Waste Scotland fund

£300,000 to support carbon-neutral initiatives – Energy Saving Trust fund

£900,000 to support community recovery projects – Inspiring Scotland fund

£500,000 to support green economic recovery – Highlands and Islands Enterprise fund

Paul Wheelhouse, Islands Minister said: “We know that COVID-19 has had and continues to have a profound impact on our island communities. We want to use the learning from impacts encountered and solutions that have been identified during this pandemic to build the resilience of our island communities.

“The Islands Green Recovery Programme will stimulate new economic activity across our islands, helping businesses recover from the impacts of the pandemic and creating new, quality jobs.

“We know being environmentally responsible and mitigating the effects of climate change can be more expensive for people living on our islands. This investment will also help reduce that financial burden and back projects that support sustainable, on-island employment.”

£2m for green recovery go to Scottish islands

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