|U SAVERS ENERGY PROJECT|
The project was implemented within the Pakistani, Afghani and Bangladeshi community of South side Glasgow. The project was mainly focused on the adult population who have the most effect on carbon emission within households. We used a set of questionnaire to collate baseline information from 100 households on domestic energy use, travel, foods and waste management. The survey enabled us to gain understanding of how much energy used by a household on average, taking a fixed sample of the total population.
During the survey, our volunteers were carried out a door-to-door visit to collect the information from the sample population. During the visits, we found that 95% of the households were not quite aware about the link between the energy usage and carbon emission and its wider implications for the environment. However, they were very keen to know about them and act whatever they can for the benefit of themselves and the whole community.
Moreover, the community was requested a climate change center to get the latest information and a place to get advice and participation in different awareness events in their own languages. It was also observed that now a day most of the community engaged with internet and wanted a website in their own language to get latest information about climate change issues and advice.
The project area was divided into three distinct groups: Students, Professionals on Work Permits and Permanent Residents. Sharing accommodation was a common practice, however, the lifestyle and daily household activities were different in each group. We were engaged local community Volunteers (CVs) who would facilitated each of the project activities to implement within their respective groups. The CVs were provided guidance and orientation trainings through a series of workshops and awareness programs with support of external organizations such as the Home Energy Scotland, CEMVO Scotland . These CVs had facilitated organizing Carbon Awareness Workshops for the target population. A Project coordinator and two part time energy advisors recruited who were responsible for organizing day-to-day activities like home visits, supervision, monitoring, reporting and overall progress throughout the project. A Project Steering Group had been formed by engaging professionals who had relevant knowledge and experiences, community leaders and representatives from women’s groups. The main outcomes of the project were as follows:
- Cut CO2e by 1314.55 tonnes by supporting 400 Pakistani/ Afghani/Bengali community households to save energy inside and outside the home by learning new skills and encouraging reduced carbon behaviour
- We were raised climate change awareness in Pakistani, Afghani and Bengali community through events, workshops, and programmes.
- Increased Pakistani/Afghani/Bengali community green spaces and awareness in 10 food growing
- Launch multi-language interactive climate change web platform