This programme engaged community organisations, commercial partners, non-profit organisations and researchers from different universities to envisage and remodel the local assessment of renewable energy potential and collectively identify the related ecological and social benefits arising from sustainable land and water use at a community scale.

The aim of the programme was to produce, for the first time, a standardised assessment toolkit that from the outset involved local stakeholders in: (a) identifying and mapping potential uses of local resources for renewable energy production and conservation; (b) making visible existing conflicts and power inequalities regarding natural resource use, access, ownership and quality; (c) making qualified recommendations for enhancing the localised environmental and economic benefits of renewable energy production; and (d) making qualified intervention on local, regional and national community energy policy, impacting on the assessment and installation practice of new projects, and on the governance structures for new energy technologies at a community level.   

This unique assessment tool kit aimed to establish a new Community of Practice (CoP) between local residents, universities, practitioners in the third and private sector who share a strategic interest in realising the environmental and socio-economic benefits from localised renewable energy potential through changes to existing policy and practice. 


To mark 10 years of SUII, we designed a series of posters showcasing some programmes supported by SUII between 2012 and 2022. Click on the image above for a full view of the poster created for this particular programme.

Visit our Insights page to find out more about the 10 Years of SUII.


Programme Team


Dr Brian Garvey - University of Strathclyde
Prof. Michael Danson - Heriot-Watt University
Dr Tara Beattie - University of Strathclyde
Dr Paul Tuohy - University of Strathclyde
Dr Kathryn A. Burnett - University of the West of Scotland
Dr Richard Lord - University of Strathclyde
Joanne McFarlane, -University of Strathclyde
Russell Pepper - University of Strathclyde
Phil Amos - ERS Remediation Service
Maggie Fyffe - Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust
Marion Smith - Kinlochleven Development Trust
Larissa Mies Bombardi - University of Sao Paulo

Final Report


Please contact the team for any outputs and follow-up activities.