Five years after launching their 10 year Environment Strategy, Scottish Canals celebrates the environmental benefits which have been put in place, and looks forward to the goals set for the coming years.
The comprehensive strategy has played a part in moving the organisation towards its goal of having canals act as catalysts for sustainable development in communities across Scotland.
The environment team and staff across the organisation have pulled together over the last five years to complete a number of projects which have allowed Scottish Canals to respond to emerging environmental challenges, while securing environmentally friendly ways of operating to not only minimise costs, but to move closer to a zero net carbon usage.
The canal system is inherently energy efficient with 95% of its water supply being gravity fed. Scottish Canals takes more than 10,500 measurements of water flows and levels each year to ensure the network operates smoothly and safely for the range of activities undertaken by the 22 million visits to the canals annually.
Operating the 140 miles of its network presents Scottish Canals with a number of unique environmental opportunities and challenges. The diverse range of the organisation’s work means it is potentially subject to more than 130 pieces of environmental legislation which apply not only to the canals and their towpaths, but also the 3,180 fixed assets it manages on the network.
Dr Olivia Lassiere, Environment Manager at Scottish Canals, explains in the following video the top projects which Scottish Canals have adopted over the past five years, with a look ahead to the main goals for the final years of the strategy:
Scottish Canals continues to work in partnership with organisations including the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Nature Scot (formerly known as Scottish Natural Heritage), Fit for the Future Network, National Trust for Wales, Historic Environment Scotland and Zero Waste Scotland (formerly known as Resource Efficient Scotland) to meet the deliverables and goals of the Environment Strategy.
Scottish Canals’ Environment Strategy is available online here.