Edinburgh Science Teams Up with Hibernian FC with Beating the Energy Crisis

This October at Hibernian Football Club, Edinburgh Science charity presents Beating the Energy Crisis, an event aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and third sector organisations concerned about the increasing energy cost.

This free and practical event held on Wednesday 26th October  will help attendees to:

Gain a greater knowledge of practical tools which can help lower energy bills and become more environmentally sustainable.

Understand where to turn for grants, loans and support to boost your organisation’s energy efficiency.

Meet like-minded people who can share inspiration and practical solutions that we need to make the transition to clean and affordable energy.

Build and strengthen the networks and knowledge required to support and communicate with customers/service users through the energy crisis.

CEO at Edinburgh Science Dr Simon Gage OBE said “Scotland is ahead of the curve when it comes to building our low-carbon, Net Zero future. Our emissions have fallen by 44% since 1990 and renewables met 97% of Scotland’s electricity demand in 2020. Edinburgh used to be called Auld Reekie – the transition from coal must have seemed insurmountable at the time and yet we did it. The transition to Net Zero although ambitious is achievable with continued effort…”

Participants will hear from experts in the fields of energy and finance and take part in breakout sessions offering a chance for an in-depth discussion in smaller groups. The event will also give an insight into The NetZero Toolkit, a free and scientifically sound toolkit helping businesses reach net zero emissions by 2040, and a chance to feedback on the new and improved version which will be launched later this year. By highlighting eight core components of their operations, businesses using the Toolkit can identify, measure and strategically eliminate emissions.

As a bonus, the event will be a unique opportunity to hear about and see the work that Hibernian FC has been doing on the path to reducing its carbon footprint and has the title of the Greenest Club in Scotland for more reasons than the colour of their strips. The first football club in Scotland to join the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework, Hibs FC and has introduced several eco-friendly initiatives, and is now drawing energy from 100% renewable sources, has installed solar panels at their home stadium Easter Road and has introduced LED lighting at the Club’s training ground. Alongside this, it has introduced EV car charging points to encourage staff to use electric cars, has explored more environmentally friendly food options, and adopted fully compostable packing around the food stalls at Easter Road.

Hibernian FC’s Finance Director, Chris Gaunt commented “It’s an honour that Edinburgh Science is hosting this event at Easter Road. We at Hibernian Football Club are excited to share the steps we have taken to help reduce our carbon footprint and promote green initiatives.”

For more information on Edinburgh Science’s work on climate and sustainability, including The Co-Lab Meetings, visit the charity’s website.

Irene Brown

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