We pride ourselves on being Naturally Different through our environmentally sensitive and sympathetic approach. Our projects are often located in fragile and protected environments and through positive reinstatement we always strive to minimise any impact, increase biodiversity and restore natural habitats.
Our commitment to the environment is further demonstrated through our continued investment in highly specialised equipment and machinery which is designed to allow access to remote locations whilst minimising any potential impact works may have on the natural landscape.
McGowan Environmental Engineering recognises that it has an important role to play in combating the global climate crisis. In addition to the environmental work we do for clients, we are also embarking on various green initiatives with the aim of reducing our own carbon footprint and becoming carbon neutral within five years.
We have been actively involved in decarbonisation projects for many years, having delivered numerous Hydro Energy Schemes and completing extensive Peatland Restoration projects, restoring thousands of hectares of peatland across Scotland. While these projects are undoubtedly helping the cause, we recognise that more needs to be done. McGowan Environmental Engineering has decided to go further and enhance our own carbon credentials, taking direct responsibility for offsetting our impact on the environment.
We have recently engaged with TreeStory and will be looking to proceed with their EcoCarbon Programme which provides environmentally responsible carbon off-setting while ensuring the greatest net ecological impact. An audit has been commissioned with Compare Your Footprint and we look forward to making further announcements in the near future.
In February 2022, we were thrilled to be confirmed as Lead Corporate Partner for the Cairngorms Cranes project, committing our support for the return of Eurasian cranes to the Cairngorms for the first time in more than 500 years! This rewilding project - led by SCOTLAND: The Big Picture - seeks to reintroduce a breeding population of cranes to the Cairngorms National Park, restoring a missing piece of the area’s ecology, encouraging the expansion of life-rich wetlands and creating opportunities for local communities and businesses.
Scotland is a world-leader in tackling climate change. New Scottish legislation commits the country to reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 at the latest and being carbon neutral by 2040. The Scottish Government has also targeted renewable energy generation to account for 50% of energy demand across electricity, heat and transport by 2030.