A group set up to tackle climate change in Aberdeenshire has appointed its first chairman.
Climate Ready Aberdeenshire’s steering group will be headed up by Sam Long, one of the oil and gas sector’s first environmental advisors.
CRA brings together the views and experiences of a diverse range people – and encourages them to set out how everyone can work together to meet the challenges of a changing climate in Aberdeenshire.
Mr Long has worked in the oil and gas sector, primarily on environmental-related topics such as decommissioning and decarbonisation.
Mr Long said: “I am delighted to be appointed the inaugural chairman of Climate Ready Aberdeenshire, working with the public and private sectors to help prepare our community for the short-and-long-term challenges presented by climate change.
“Just as Covid-19 has had an impact on every individual in Aberdeenshire and beyond, climate change will have an effect on how we live, how we work and the places we live in. Adaptation, decarbonisation and the energy transition are going to become key themes for the future.”
Councillor Peter Argyle, the council’s infrastructure services chairman, said: “Many congratulations Sam. I am sure he will use his knowledge and expertise to provide sound and robust leadership in taking Climate Ready Aberdeenshire forward.”