The CNI Process

CNI fundamentally recognises the strength and value of community led action and taking a place-based approach to deliver deep and lasting change. The project supports and enables the 6 CNI islands to organise, plan, and deliver their own solutions most suited to the local community, resources and environment. The experience of Community Energy Scotland and its member organisations informs the process and methodology throughout the project, with emphasis on enabling community change and resilience at a local level. This process reflects an adaptable series of actions, which can be changed to suit specific community needs. Above all, it is essential that the process ensures that planning and action are co-created with the community, to prioritise actions that will have the most impact.

Once the six CNI islands were identified by the Scottish Government Islands Team, Community Energy Scotland was brought in as the project delivery partner based on their experience of delivering decarbonisation while working with island communities.  


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CNI Values

To help create a sense of shared ownership of the project and try to capture good practice in communication and project processes, a CNI Project Guide was created. This document was co-written by the CNI Project Group and scribed by CES and is intended to act as a living document, capturing all aspects of the project. 

The starting point of the Project Guide was to agree a set of shared Project Group Values which reflect the collective approach to CNI: 


We are all part of webs of relationships with people, places, living creatures and the environment. To tackle the challenges of the climate emergency we recognise the need to work together for the wellbeing of all. 


Recognising our interdependency requires us to acknowledge our responsibilities for and to those relationships.  


We listen to each other and value different perspectives. We won’t always agree but are supportive in seeking common ground to work from.  


We are here as representatives of our communities in all their diversity. In everything we do we communicate as widely as possible with the community and bring their voices and perspectives into the discussion. Local folk are the experts on their island.  

Project Timeline

Carbon Audits
November 2022 to February 2023
Community engagement and priority setting
November 2022 to March 2023 
Community Climate Actions Plans
Complete May 2023
Investment plans​ and funding