Masterchef winner and Newport-on-Tay restaurant owner Jamie Scott will team up with Fife College catering students to cook up a storm with unwanted ingredients
Fife Environmental Partnership is set to host a conference and fair later this month which will bring together members, community groups, social enterprises, business, public bodies, Councillors, and Council staff to showcase the low carbon projects they have planned across Fife.
The ‘Harvesting Fife’s potential for a low carbon economy’ event, which will take place at the Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline on Tuesday, 20 September during Scotland’s Climate Week, has been designed to inspire and inform local energy and environmental projects, as well as promote Fife’s low carbon energy vision for homes, businesses and transport.
Energy independence, climate change and community resilience are among the pressing issues which will be under review.
More than 100 people are registered to attend the interactive event which is set to feature over 40 stalls, including those hosted by Scottish National Heritage, St Andrews University and Scottish Water, to drive collaboration to help grow partnerships for a low carbon future.
Innovations set to be showcased include the world’s first hydrogen dual-fuel bin lorry – converted by Heil Farid for Fife Council to run on hydrogen and diesel – and other low-carbon transport options, including electric vehicles, as well as an eco-driving simulator.
Cllr John Wincott, Fife Council’s Environment and Transport spokesperson, said: “I’m delighted to be part of this event that is bringing a range of groups together to share learning and help establish future low carbon projects.
“This conference will demonstrate how local leaders and community groups are paving the way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and preserve resources through new approaches to energy.
“Taking place during Climate Week, a national campaign to raise awareness and inspire action on climate change, this is also a great opportunity to share all the good work that Fife Council is doing to reduce carbon emissions and tackle climate change.”
Highlights will include talks on Fife’s energy vision, a presentation on low carbon heat technologies, an eco driving simulator, a discussion on energy efficient housing, an eco-friendly fashion show, talk on sustainable transport, a tour of Fife College’s award-winning eco friendly hairdressing and beauty salon, and Fife’s first ever low carbon lunch – devised by Masterchef winner Jamie Scott and Fife College catering students who will devise a menu out of locally sourced ingredients (within a 50-mile radius) which would have otherwise gone to waste.
Jamie Scott, MasterChef professional winner and owner of critically acclaimed Fife restaurant The Newport, said: “I’m proud to be involved in this event and to be working with Fife College catering students.This is a great opportunity for our local students to be part of a major event that gives them practical experience, and will really get them thinking creatively about coming up with a menu, recipes and using ingredients with as little waste as possible”.