UHI Moray launches Just Transition project
The launch of the UHI Moray Just Transition project took place on Tuesday 20th June attended by a number of local businesses, third sector, and public sector organisations at the Alexander Graham Bell Centre.
The UHI project team includes 3 Research Fellows; Dr Kerry McInnes who was born and brought up in Elgin and has a background in scientific research, Dr Christine Anderson who has a background in environmental consultancy, teaching and research, and Desislava Todorova, a renewable energy and sustainability researcher who is on secondment from UHI North Highland.
The main aim for the 12-month project, funded by the Scottish Government’s Just Transition Fund is to undertake a feasibility study to understand the implications of the shift to Net Zero on the employment, skills and infrastructure requirements of Moray.
The team have already undertaken a range of discussions with various stakeholders and will be conducting a survey over the summer to further inform the study. A range of sector specific workshops will take place in September.
Speaking at the launch was Dr Rod Lovie, Principal Climate Change Officer for Moray Council who spoke about the council’s ambition to reach Net Zero by 2045 and their projects that are also funded by the Scottish Government’s Just Transition Fund, alongside Chizaram Chinguzorom, of UHI Moray, who is working with Windswept Brewing based in Lossiemouth on a project funded by Innovate UK through the Knowledge Transfer Partnership to improve the sustainability and waste management of the brewery.
Dr Kerry McInnes commented:
“We are delighted to launch the Just Transition project which will deliver new knowledge on green energy skills needs and inform development of new training programmes and courses at UHI Moray. This work will help prepare the region for the change in key skills requirements that the energy transition will bring whilst laying the foundations for training, up-skilling and re-skilling. A “Just Transition” means including everyone in the move to Net Zero and we are keen to involve as many people as possible to help make Moray a fairer, greener place for all.”