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SHETLAND’s renewable energy forum has undergone a rebrand in the move towards net zero.

The organisation is now called the Shetland Net Zero Energy Forum.

Membership is open to any business or organisation in Shetland with an involvement or interest in the transition to net zero following the forum’s inaugural AGM in May.

Scotland aims to go ‘net zero’ by 2045, with the government saying this means the “amount of greenhouse gas emissions we put into the atmosphere and the amount we’re able to take out will add up to zero”.

The local forum aims to “lead and champion Shetland’s energy sector to become a world-leader in the transition to Net Zero, while maximising the social, economic and community benefits for Shetland”.

Forum co-chair Elizabeth Johnson.

The forum is hosting a virtual briefing and discussion for members on the ORION clean energy project on Tuesday (19 October).

It said it will be an opportunity to explore how the forum and its members might get involved with ORION and associated developments.

The Orion project aims to produce green hydrogen whilst also decarbonising oil platforms off Shetland.

Forum co-chair Elizabeth Johnson said: “This event will be the first of a series of regular briefing and discussion meetings to help members keep up to speed with net zero developments locally.

“We were pleased with the level of interest shown at our inaugural AGM: it’s clear that many local organisations do want to play their part in the development of Shetland’s net zero sector.

“Shetland has a crucial role to play in decarbonising our economy and at SNZEF we want to ensure that local companies and organisations can influence and participate in these developments as much as possible.”

Any organisation with an interest in joining the forum should contact info@shetlandnetzero.com for a membership form.