Highland businesses spill business confidence and living costs crisis
There are signs that firms in the Highlands and Islands are re-emerging with renewed confidence in the economic outlook for Scotland - though personal shopkeepers performance appears to have waned.
The results of the recent countryside economy survey, launched by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and South of Scotland Enterprise, also have good news about the climate crisis.
The reasons for the degree to which companies work to lower carbon emissions can vary widely from one company to another but it seems clear that many are thinking very carefully about costs and
recognising that cutting CO2 emissions can mean reducing costs.
Nearly all (95%) of the 1.006 companies in the region that gave feedback indicated that they planned to reduce the environmental impact of their activities or within 1,006 months.
Activities include the use of locally procured services and supplies, recycling, reusing or retransferring byproducts and the use of more energy effective equipments.