In March this year, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority committed to becoming a net zero organisation by 2030.
In one of their initial steps to meeting their net zero goals, a new fully electric boat has set sail on Loch Lomond.
The electric maintenance boat is three times more efficient than a traditional petrol or diesel boat, creates zero water pollution and due to its almost silent nature is reducing noice pollution and disturbance to surrounding wildlife.
Charlotte Wallace, Climate Action Manager at Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority said: “Our Mission Zero routemap is bold and ambitious but that is exactly what is needed in the face of the climate crisis we are facing.
“As a National Park Authority, we believe it is important that we demonstrate leadership on climate action and that starts with getting our own house in order. Emissions reduction is our top priority.
“A fully electric boat is a big step forwards and although the technology isn’t as advanced for electric boats as it is for cars, we can’t wait for things to be perfect before we take action, we need to be willing to trial new technology and learn as we go.
“The National Park covers 720 square miles, across four local authority areas, so how our staff and visitors travel around the Park is significant when it comes to reducing emissions.”
The fully electric boat is just one of many measures being implemented across the National Park as part of the Mission Zero route map, which will also see other emissions reducing technologies used, such as air source heat pumps.
Volunteer Rangers are to due to start trialling e-bikes and public transport as more sustainable ways of getting about the National Park and a similar pilot is planned around visitor transport later this year.