AMAZE Project

June 30, 2024

Working with the local steering group and an experienced contract project manager, part-funded by the Waterfall Fund, the AMAZE (Archipelago of Mull Actions for Zero Emissions) project developed a community renewable energy and electric vehicle feasibility study along with a decarbonization plan for the islands. The plan encompasses an island-wide energy audit, a high-level options appraisal on energy—including potential new community renewable energy generation—and climate action strategies to enhance community self-sufficiency and provide more stable, cheaper, and greener energy, with the ultimate goal of achieving decarbonization across the islands.

The plan details the islands’ current energy systems, the vision for a transition to net-zero emissions, and the actions and progress monitoring required. Workshop sessions were conducted with island residents, empowering them to create and own a collective vision for the zero-carbon transition. Additionally, the plan includes stakeholder mapping, policy and regulation analysis, and an energy audit to examine current and projected energy consumption and production by type, sector, and location.

A comprehensive feasibility study was also developed to create a new community electric vehicle (EV) and renewable energy hub network at seven community halls across the archipelago. The study supports EV expansion through a new EV car club, charging points, renewable energy production (solar PV and wind), and energy efficiency savings. It covers detailed technical assessments, solution design, planning and grid approvals, legal agreements, and a business case including investment options, capital, and operational budgets.

This project is transformational as the outcomes from the decarbonization plan and EV community charge hub feasibility study represent the initial steps toward addressing fuel poverty, reducing reliance on fossil fuels, and creating opportunities for new renewable energy generation on the islands. It aims to make island transport more sustainable while supporting seven community buildings on the island to reduce their running costs. Additionally, it identifies opportunities for new jobs, businesses, and community income streams for reinvestment on the islands.

The outcomes from this initial development phase are crucial for delivering the decarbonization projects, providing detailed baseline data, technical design, full budgets, and a range of options. Without this development phase, the full project could not proceed. The island decarbonization plan serves as a roadmap, recording the islands’ baseline energy data (current and future demand and supply) and offering an options appraisal for future projects to address these energy issues. The community EV charge hub and EV car club support the expansion of EV use for islanders and visitors, generating new renewable energy to power community buildings, reducing reliance on fossil fuels, potentially decreasing the number of vehicles on the roads, cutting CO2 emissions, and lowering energy costs at community buildings.

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