East Ayrshire has strengthened its commitment to achieving ambitious UK100 Net Zero targets with the approval of a share in the funding of a new pan Ayrshire Energy Masterplan (AEM).

Last week, Cabinet agreed to commit £30k towards a joint fund of £90k provided by all three Ayrshire councils. Together with contributions from Scottish Enterprise and the University of the West of Scotland (UWS), the total funding for the innovative project now stands at £150k.

The overall objective of AEM is to present a pathway to net zero that maximises socio-economic benefits for Ayrshire. It will serve as a catalyst for investment in energy infrastructure and will use new clean technologies and solutions to stimulate economic growth, community wealth building and resilience in the face of climate change.

Councillor Claire Leitch said: “Working together, setting up and funding the Ayrshire Energy Masterplan will give us a clear pathway to help us transform the way we harness, use and connect renewable resources in the most cost effective way.

“It will allow us to face the challenges ahead with a holistic approach to decarbonising systems in Ayrshire.”