Fiona will cut the carbon

Carbon reduction officer Fiona Munro
Carbon reduction officer Fiona Munro

a NEW carbon reduction officer is taking up the “greening” of the Borders.

Scottish Borders Council announced the appointment of communities and schools officer Fiona Munro last week.

The council’s environmental services spokesman, Councillor Len Wyse said: “Fiona has experience of environmental management systems and has worked in waste minimisation and recycling for a number of years, including working with schools groups and community organisations. She will be dealing with a range of local energy, food and transport issues.”

The two-year post is funded by European LEADER, Marks & Spencer’s Plan A Eco-schools project, and SBC.

Education spokesman Councillor George Turnbull said: “This project will allow pupils to focus on energy, transport and waste. They can then take the knowledge they gain into their homes and communities.”

Ms Munro will work with communities, school eco-committees and parent councils and support existing climate change activities and help develop new projects addressing energy use, resource efficiency, and waste minimisation and recycling.

Legislation, particularly the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, requires public bodies to reduce their carbon emissions. From 2012 they will face financial penalties through the Carbon Reduction Commitment for all carbon released.