falkirk wheel
falkirk wheel

Environment Connections

As an area, Falkirk is cutting harmful carbon emissions as part of a national effort to tackle climate change and meet Scotland’s net-zero targets. This will improve the air that we breathe and help protect our local environment, as well as create new kinds of jobs and opportunities. We want our canal-side communities to benefit from improvements in the local environment and be part of the new ‘green economy’.

 

Our projects include:

Environment Connections

As an area, Falkirk is cutting harmful carbon emissions as part of a national effort to tackle climate change and meet Scotland’s net-zero targets. This will improve the air that we breathe and help protect our local environment, as well as create new kinds of jobs and opportunities. We want our canal-side communities to benefit from improvements in the local environment and be part of the new ‘green economy’.

 

Our projects include:

A new ‘Responsible Tourism’ qualification

An innovative, ten-week Responsible Tourism qualification is being delivered by Forth Valley College in partnership with Scottish Canals and Green Action Trust. Leading to a National Progression Award (NPA) in Travel and Tourism, students taking part will gain a unique understanding and direct experience of responsible tourism in the context of the work of Scottish Canals and Green Action Trust.

Creating a Climate Community Action Plan

Keep Scotland Beautiful and Our Place Camelon and Tamfourhill are working with local canal-side communities to develop a Climate Community Action Plan. The plan will cover the areas of Falkirk surrounding the Forth & Clyde Canal from Lock 16 to the Falkirk Wheel. With the help of the community, it will identify climate and carbon reduction actions that improve the local environment and help achieve net-zero targets. With a focus on the long term, local communities will own and implement the plan themselves.

The Falkirk Wheel sustainable tourism action plan

Keep Scotland Beautiful is working with the team at The Falkirk Wheel and Scottish Canals to develop a sustainable tourism action plan for the iconic visitor attraction. The Wheel itself is incredibly energy efficient and could potentially be a green energy generator. There are also opportunities to improve the sustainability of the visitor centre and surrounding attractions. The goal is for the site to attain the globally recognised Green Key eco-label accreditation for tourism businesses.

The Falkirk Wheel as a venue for sustainable technologies and innovations

The Falkirk Wheel itself is the world’s only rotating boat lift and is famously energy efficient. It only needs the equivalent power to boil eight kettles of water to rotate the wheel and move 1000 tons of water and any boats using it. Its unique features make it the perfect venue to demonstrate new net-zero technologies and innovations. The creation of a demonstrator space for sustainable technical innovations at The Wheel is being explored as part of the Falkirk Canal Connections programme.

FREE online climate emergency training and accreditation

People living in the Falkirk area are eligible for the accredited online Climate Emergency Training from Keep Scotland Beautiful. Over two live online sessions, participants gain an understanding of climate change and how people living or working in Falkirk can use their actions and influence to respond to the climate emergency. Local examples show the new challenges and opportunities of net-zero for communities, businesses and individuals.

A new ‘Responsible Tourism’ qualification
An innovative, ten-week Responsible Tourism qualification is being delivered by Forth Valley College in partnership with Scottish Canals and Green Action Trust. Leading to a National Progression Award (NPA) in Travel and Tourism, students taking part will gain a unique understanding and direct experience of responsible tourism in the context of the work of Scottish Canals and Green Action Trust.
Jaggy Thistle boat on canal
Creating a Climate Community Action Plan

Keep Scotland Beautiful and Our Place Camelon and Tamfourhill are working with local canal-side communities to develop a Climate Community Action Plan. The plan will cover the areas of Falkirk surrounding the Forth & Clyde Canal from Lock 16 to the Falkirk Wheel. With the help of the community, it will identify climate and carbon reduction actions that improve the local environment and help achieve net-zero targets. With a focus on the long term, local communities will own and implement the plan themselves.

Canal boat
The Falkirk Wheel sustainable tourism action plan

Keep Scotland Beautiful is working with the team at The Falkirk Wheel and Scottish Canals to develop a sustainable tourism action plan for the iconic visitor attraction. The Wheel itself is incredibly energy efficient and could potentially be a green energy generator. There are also opportunities to improve the sustainability of the visitor centre and surrounding attractions. The goal is for the site to attain the globally recognised Green Key eco-label accreditation for tourism businesses.

The Falkirk Wheel as a venue for sustainable technologies and innovations

The Falkirk Wheel itself is the world’s only rotating boat lift and is famously energy efficient. It only needs the equivalent power to boil eight kettles of water to rotate the wheel and move 1000 tons of water and any boats using it. Its unique features make it the perfect venue to demonstrate new net-zero technologies and innovations. The creation of a demonstrator space for sustainable technical innovations at The Wheel is being explored as part of the Falkirk Canal Connections programme.

FREE online climate emergency training and accreditation

People living in the Falkirk area are eligible for the accredited online Climate Emergency Training from Keep Scotland Beautiful. Over two live online sessions, participants gain an understanding of climate change and how people living or working in Falkirk can use their actions and influence to respond to the climate emergency. Local examples show the new challenges and opportunities of net-zero for communities, businesses and individuals.

Climate Emergency Training

Our partners

This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund. It is also supported by nine lead organisations in the Falkirk area.

UK Government

The UK Community Renewal Fund is a UK Government programme for 2021/22. This aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches to prepare for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. It invests in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment.

For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-community-renewal-fund-prospectus