Enhancing Rural Innovation to Accelerate the Rural Agenda for Climate ActionNeil Hardie
Rural regions play a pivotal role in the transition to a net-zero emissions economy and building resilience to climate change. Therefore, innovation in rural regions is critical to accelerate the transition to net-zero.
Driving the need for change forward, members of the Angus Rural Mobility Hub alongside Scottish Enterprise were invited to present the aims of the clean growth business park to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on Tuesday 7th June 2022.
Progressing the outcomes of the OECD’s Rural agenda for Climate Change that were adopted at COP 26, policy makers and practitioners shared experiences on how the rural economy can make the most of new opportunities and help facilitate change to be able to achieve a net-zero economy.
The Angus Rural Mobility Hub was presented as an example of best practice, highlighting the partnerships between the public, private and academic sectors. The clean growth business park is currently exploring the infrastructure and services that can enable the decarbonisation of energy through solutions that are clean, accessible and affordable, whilst being able to provide net zero opportunities for the local community and wider transport industry, which will help protect and enhance the local environment.
Angus is extremely well placed to showcase how renewable energy can support the decarbonisation of transport, particularly the HGV sector through green hydrogen distribution. The new hub has the potential to deliver a step change in clean transport infrastructure on a national trunk road network and in doing so, create skills and new career opportunities within Angus and the Tay Region.
Strong links were drawn with European projects, including clean fuel production and distribution and the role of the circular economy.
These relationships will continue to be developed over the forthcoming months through a project programme to help share knowledge and open up investment opportunities between Angus, the Tay Region and OECD partners’.