Outer Hebrides to feature in international research

Sarah Marshall, senior project manager at HIE.

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The Outer Hebrides is to represent the Highlands and Islands in a multi-national research project putting people at the heart of delivering a low carbon future for their communities.

Baymore, Grimsay, Outer Hebrides.

The Responsible Research and Innovation Policy Experimentations for Energy Transition, RIPEET, the project is looking at the impacts of bringing together communities, businesses, academia, government, and the environmental sector to deliver sustainable energy solutions.

RIPEET is also working with communities in Extremadura in Spain, and Ostrobothnia in Finland and is being funded by the EU’s largest ever research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020.

The Scottish project partners are Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Community Energy Scotland (CES).

Sarah Marshall, senior project manager at HIE, said: ‘The plan is to bring together a wide range of people in a ‘Transition Lab’.

‘The participants will explore what ideal regional energy systems would look like locally in 15-20 years’ time.

‘Then, what’s needed to achieve that energy vision: including energy needs; the barriers; and how to kickstart action to deliver the vision.’

Throughout the project, research will be carried out to understand what common policies, drivers and processes are needed to promote the regional transition to low carbon energy. The project is starting this year and will run until February 2024.

HIE and CES are currently compiling a list of relevant stakeholders interested in taking part in the project. Find out more and get in touch at www.hie.co.uk/ripeet.


Caption: Sarah Marshall, senior project manager at HIE. NO_F22_OuterHebridesResearch_Sarah Marshall