Climate Ready Aberdeenshire (CRA) has appointed oil and gas veteran Sam Long as the new chair of its steering group.
Mr Long, who’s lived in the north-east for more than 20 years, currently works for Aker Solutions having previously held positions at a number of other leading energy firms including Petrofac, Proserv and Baker Hughes.
His area of expertise is environmental-related topics such as decommissioning, decarbonisation and carbon capture and storage.
CRA is a cross-sector initiative, which aims to create a strategy to cut carbon emissions in the north-east.
It brings together the views and experiences of a diverse range of stakeholders from communities, public, private and third sector organisations to set out how best Aberdeenshire can address the issues of climate change.
Sam Long said: “I am delighted to be appointed the inaugural Chair 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.”
Peter Argyle, Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee chair, 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. I am looking forward to seeing Climate Ready Aberdeenshire go from strength to strength as it tackles such vitally important issues.”