One of the UK’s most diverse commercial ports responsible for the largest natural harbour in Europe at Scapa Flow and 29 piers and harbours many with deep water access.
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Recent enhancements to infrastructure include an extension to the Hatston Pier, making it Scotland’s longest deep-water commercial berth with 385m of quayside; enhancements to Lyness on Hoy and the construction of a new pier in Stromness, Copland’s Dock. Orkney Harbours has a diverse business base and plays a fundamental role in supporting many key sectors in the Orkney economy and across island communities.
In April 2019 the First Minister of Scotland declared a climate emergency. The Scottish Government stated that it is committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2045, based on a report by the UK Committee on Climate Change. The Climate Change (Scotland) Bill has been amended to reflect this as well as raising the target levels for 2030 and 2040 to 70% and 90% emissions reductions respectively. In doing so Scotland will have some of the world’s most ambitious targets in law and climate change will be at the core of future programmes for Government and Spending Reviews. OIC has also declared a climate emergency with a declaration made at a Special General Meeting in May 2019. Thus Orkney is committed to reducing its carbon footprint, starting from a strong baseline of pioneering renewable energy development. It is important to be cognisant of what is a very ambitious plan for decarbonisation in Scotland and to align masterplan proposals as far as possible with the emerging policy and legislation