IN a boost to their on-going commitment to carbon savings, Scottish Borders Council has received £218,000 from the Scottish Government’s Sustainable Action Fund.
The Government is keen to promote low carbon economies in local areas and SBC say that a number of the projects due to be completed by the end of this month, including improvements to cycle paths and the building of new bus shelters around the region, will provide a sustainable legacy for many communities throughout the Scottish Borders.
Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Paul Wheelhouse said: “The Scottish Government is committed to tackling climate change and doing all we can to help communities reduce their carbon footprint and become more sustainable.
“I am delighted that we have been able to fund a project of this nature in a rural region such as the Scottish Borders.
“The Scottish Government recognises that approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions need to be adapted to be appropriate for rural communities.
“This investment will help local people to grow their own produce and cut food waste.
“It will also encourage more people in the Scottish Borders to get on their bikes and enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits cycling brings.
“I am also pleased to see that the council will improve the public transport experience through the new bus shelters that we’re funding in towns and villages throughout the region.”