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Let’s talk about the climate emergency – Keeping warm

As Scotland comes into the spotlight hosting COP26 in Glasgow this November, it becomes imperative that Scotland’s churches join the conversation and take action on the climate emergency.

One of the most powerful ways we can encourage change is in talking, listening and telling our stories. Eco-Congregation Scotland has produced Let’s talk about the climate emergency, a pack of monthly themed resources to help congregations begin a series of  awareness raising conversations about the climate emergency and to encourage everyone to take action.


Throughout February our theme has been Keeping warm.

Scottish weather means cold, wet weather for a large part of the year. We are only too glad to be indoors through the coldest winter weather, but our homes need to be heated to make them comfortable.

Many of us live in older houses. The construction of these homes would not have included lots of insulation and double glazing.

Gas, oil and electricity are commonly used to heat our homes. Wood burners and coal fires create additional heat sources in many homes too.

All of these types of heating produce greenhouse gases contributing to global warming. Pollutants from some types of heating reduce the quality of the air we breathe.

Conversation Starters:

  • How was your home heated when you were a child? Do you use the same kind of heating now? How did your Great Granny keep warm in the coldest months of the year?

  • What kinds of things can we do to reduce our need for heating in our homes?

  • How do you think homes of the future should be kept warm?

  • Fuel poverty is a big issue in Scotland. Do you know what is being done to help address it?

Please register your details below to receive the Zoom meeting link:


Energy efficiency in homes and small businesses

How do you make your home more energy efficient? Are there ways to save money on your heating bills? Could your small business be more efficient?

Come and find out more from Dean Wigglesworth (Home Energy Scotland)  and Ryan Felber (Energy Efficiency Business Support Service), who hope to help you answer these questions.

Register using the form at the foot of this page to join us via Zoom, on Monday 8th of February from 7.30 – 8.30pm. 

Dean Wigglesworth is an adviser with Home Energy Scotland, based in Inverness. He will share his knowledge and expertise in  energy efficiency in the home. He will also offer advice on managing our fuel costs.

Ryan Felber is the Local Business Advisor for the Energy Efficiency Business Support Service based in Inverness. Ryan has over 7 years’ experience supporting organisations to reduce their carbon emissions and identify costs savings in access of £440,000 annually. Ryan understands the numerous challenges small business face in particular those in more rural and off grid locations.

The programme offers free support to Scottish based SMEs – small and medium-sized businesses and organisations. Ryan’s presentation will cover the support and funding available through this programme as well as how to access it.

The Energy Efficiency Business Support Service (formerly known as Resource Efficient Scotland), launched in 2013, and is a programme delivered by Zero Waste Scotland, It is funded by the Scottish Government and the European Regional Development Fund. The programme offers free advice and technical support as well as the sharing of best practices and new technologies.

Embedding Energy Efficiency within Scottish organisations makes a significant contribution to the achievement of the Scottish Government’s strategic economic objectives, climate change, energy efficiency and zero waste targets. Each year over 34,000 individuals from a range of organisations access the programme for support from the Service.

This event will take place via Zoom, on Monday 8th of February from 7.30- 8.30pm. 

Please use the form below to register for the event. 







A Just Transition for Scotland’s Housing


Scotland’s climate change ambition means that Scotland’s housing will be moving to a net-zero emissions future.  Making homes energy efficient and carbon-free can be an opportunity to improve the quality of our housing stock, tackle fuel-poverty and create jobs. If our transition is going to be just, it has to be fair for all.

At this event you will hear from the Just Transition Commission and experts on Scotland’s net-zero ambitions and what it means for the housing sector.

You will also be able to contribute your ideas on how Scotland can reach net-zero emissions and put an end to fuel poverty in Scotland.

This open event has been arranged by Eco-Congregation Scotland and Stirling Methodist Church, in collaboration with the Just Transition Commission.

Proceedings will be chaired by Rev Mark Slaney, Chair of the Methodist Church in Scotland.


Confirmed Speakers:

Presentations for key speakers will focus on the key challenge:
How do we combine meeting our climate targets with improving energy affordability and lowering fuel poverty?

Norrie Kerr, Just Transition Commission
Elizabeth Leighton, Director of the Existing Homes Alliance Scotland
Robert Leslie, Orkney Housing Association, member of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
Jon Cape, Power Circle
Ross Armstrong, Warmworks



10.00    Welcome and Introductions:

10.10    Presentations:

10.30    Discussion (small groups in Zoom Breakout Rooms)

10.50    Feedback from group discussion

11.00    Comfort Break

11.10     Presentations:

11.30    Discussion (small groups in Zoom Breakout Rooms)

11.50    Feedback from group discussion and plenary discussion

12.20    Next Steps

12.30    Close


This event is free but registration is required.

Please register in advance here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Open event encouraging views on Just Transition for housing

Just Transition Commission and Church groups team up to plan a socially inclusive path to net-zero for Scotland’s housing

Scotland’s Just Transition Commission, established to make recommendations to ministers on how Scotland can transition to a net-zero economy by 2045 in a way that is fair for all, has teamed up with the Methodist Church in Scotland and Eco-Congregation Scotland to host an online event on Saturday 17 October 2020, from 10am until 12.30pm.

Scotland’s ambitious climate change targets will require the housing sector to radically transform itself at a pace previously unseen. Making homes more energy efficient and heated from low carbon sources presents an opportunity to improve the quality of our housing stock, tackle fuel poverty and create jobs. Concerns have also been raised about how this is paid for, and whether the shift to net-zero in the housing sector could risk sliding more households into fuel poverty.

We have to find ways of meeting our climate targets which make lives better not worse for the least well off in our society.

Attendees to the open online discussion will hear speakers from the Just Transition Commission, Warmworks, Scottish Federation of Housing AssociationsExisting Homes Alliance Scotland and Power Circle who will share their thoughts on how we can combine meeting our climate targets with improving energy affordability and lowering fuel poverty. Discussion will then open up to all participants, able to contribute their own ideas on how Scotland can reach net-zero emissions in housing.

Just Transition Commissioner, Norrie Kerr says: “We need to put an end to fuel poverty with bold action to make people’s homes warmer and cheaper to heat. Equity considerations must be central to climate action, if we are to make the transition to net-zero in a way that improves the lives of the most vulnerable. This event will provide an opportunity to hear from experts and ordinary people on these issues and contribute ideas on how Scotland can achieve this.”

Rev Mark Slaney, Chair of the Methodist Church in Scotland, who will be chairing the event, said: “We have to find ways of meeting our climate targets which make lives better not worse for the least well off in our society. I look forward to an imaginative and stimulating discussion which will contribute both to the work of the Commission and to Scotland’s preparation for the COP26 climate summit next year.”

There is still time to register for this free event, pre-registration is highly recommended. Further information and registration can be found here: 

This event has been arranged by Stirling Methodist Church and Eco-Congregation Scotland, in collaboration with the Just Transition Commission.

Presentations will focus on the key challenge: how do we combine meeting our climate targets with improving energy affordability and lowering fuel poverty?


Adrian Shaw, Church of Scotland climate change officer, will also outline how churches can meet the opportunities and challenges presented by Glasgow hosting the COP26 United Nations climate talks being held in November 2021.

Eco-Congregation Scotland will be encouraging all Scottish churches to become more focused on addressing the climate crisis over the coming year. Eco-Congregation Scotland is an ecumenical environmental charity supporting over 500 local churches of all denominations across Scotland, committed to environmental activities in their life and mission, with Stirling Methodist Church one of the most active eco-congregations.