Galloway Glens seeking visit from world leaders

As Dumfries and Galloway pushes a “net zero” carbon target by 2025 it is hoped American president Joe Biden will visit the region when he comes to Glasgow later this year.

Friday, 2nd April 2021, 4:12 pm
Galloway Glens is hoping for an audience with American president Joe Biden

Renewable achievements in the local area include the 110MW Galloway Hydro Scheme, the first large scale integrated hydro-election complex in the UK; Windy Standard, the first onshore consented windfarm in Scotland; and Robin Rigg, the first offshore wind development.

There is also the Crichton Carbon Centre, the first organisation in Britain to account for the carbon in peatland, while the Galloway Forest Park has become a vital part of carbon sequestration targets through various planting schemes.

Galloway Glens wants to entice world leaders attending the United Nations Climate Change conference in Glasgow this November to come and see for themselves what can be achieved if the desire is there.

The organisation is hoping to encourage Joe Biden and his cohorts to head south.

McNabb Laurie, team leader of Galloway Glens, believes it makes sense for the world leaders to visit the “birthplace of renewables”.

He said: “There is no one further ahead in this field, so why not invite them to come and hear our remarkable story.

"We have a lot to be proud of and I see no reason why they wouldn’t want to listen considering our net zero ambition by 2025.”