Nairn and sustainability

In April 2019 the First Minister of Scotland declared a climate emergency based on existing and recent scientific evidence of global warming. As a first step the government made amendments to Scotland’s Climate Change Bill to introduce a net zero target for all greenhouse gases to 2045.

We are already feeling the effects of these climate changes in our extreme weather patterns such as storms, high winds, localised flooding and abnormal temperature changes.

Reducing Carbon Emissions
Nairn has several EV charging points across the town. These are searchable using the search function and also by a filter for “Places to Stay“. We have some businesses who have won awards for their work towards becoming more sustainable and those too are searchable within the site. We hope that this number will continue to grow.

In 2022 Nairn had a “Top Up Tap” fitted at the Maggot car park next to the Lochloy Caravan Park with Scottish Water. This tap provides free, safe drinking water to anyone who has a water bottle or bowl to fill. Located at the seafront it is perfectly placed for holiday makers, dog walkers and local sports enthusiasts. It was installed to benefit locals and holiday makers alike.

Local businesses such as Greenhive and McDonalds have organised litter picks and beach cleans to remove rubbish and recyclable plastics from the town. Greenhive also have e-bikes available for hire in the town and a handy active travel map making getting around Nairn easier and friendlier to the environment.

Through the efforts of Nairn BID, Nairn Community & Arts Centre, Nairn Bowling Club and Greenhive, Nairn won the Scotland Loves Local Climate Town award in 2021.
Nairn Dunbar Golf Club has just been awarded Environmental Golf Course of the Year by Golf Environment Awards for the second time. Greenskeepers are committed to providing a more sustainable and environmentally friendly course for Nairn.

For further information on Scotland’s net zero target plans please see:
Zero Waste Scotland
Net Zero Scotland
Green Tourism
Scottish Government