Business and political leaders champion the green revolution with the launch of Forth Valley for Net Zero campaign

On Monday 2 August at the Falkirk Wheel, Falkirk Economic Partnership launched the Forth Valley for Net Zero campaign. The event was attended by Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport and MSP for Falkirk West; Paul Davies, President and MD of Alexander Dennis Ltd; Stuart Collings, Chief Executive of Ineos O&P UK; Charles Hammond, Chief Executive of Forth Ports; Professor Martin Tangney, President of Celtic Renewables along with key local business representatives, education establishments and Council leaders supporting the drive to Net Zero.

Forth Valley for Net Zero counts down to UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow in November and marks the start of a decade of delivery in the area to drive down emissions to meet Net Zero targets. The aim of the campaign is to showcase what businesses and local authorities are doing now to help achieve Net Zero and attract COP26 delegates into the area to find out more about the technological and process innovations taking place that will help them meet their Net Zero targets.

Forth Valley business and communities are driving a new green revolution to help tackle climate change. Once, this area was at the forefront of the industrial revolution that changed the world. Now, the Forth Valley is playing its part in a new green revolution to cut emissions and help stop climate change. The Forth Valley is home to big businesses who are committed to making big cuts in emissions from their operations as well as innovators whose new technologies will help communities all over the world reduce their carbon footprint. This includes Alexander Dennis Ltd who showcased their electric bus at the event, Ineos who recently announced they are part of the Acorn carbon capture and storage project as part of the Scottish Cluster and Arcola Energy who are developing hydrogen trains at Bo’ness. There are also farms, small businesses, third-sector organisations, and individuals all committed to making small changes that will make a big difference to achieving Net Zero.

The campaign will also look beyond COP26 to provide assurances that climate positive innovation is happening and that there will be future jobs for people in the green economy.

All eyes will be on Glasgow and Scotland in November as the UK hosts the COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference. It’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase how the Forth Valley is playing a leading role in helping Scotland and the UK hit their Net Zero targets. Forth Valley for Net Zero is here to show how anyone in the area can make a difference.


“I was delighted to join the launch of the Forth Valley for Net Zero Campaign. The partnership campaign is a great example of how industry, government and community can work together towards long term and strategic goals of becoming a net zero nation.
Michael Matheson, MSP, Falkirk West

“We are proud to be part of the Forth Valley for Net Zero partnership, as Fuel Change has evolved from a collaboration of the finest Forth Valley has to offer. The drive of Forth Valley’s next generation was demonstrated at the Forth Valley for Net Zero event with students and apprentices taking part in the interviews with industry leaders and politicians.”
Jennifer Tempany, founder, Fuel Change

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