SIX Scottish islands are to become carbon neutral by 2040.

Speaking at Cop26 Mairi Gougeon MSP announced that the Scottish Government was doubling its commitment made previously for three islands to become carbon neutral.

The rural affairs minister told the climate conference delegates that there would also be a “mapping exercise” which would help global understanding of carbon emissions in island populations.

She said: “We are determined from the outset to create an environment that will allow all Scottish islands to benefit from the learning and good practices from the carbon neutral islands project. 

“I am very pleased to announce this afternoon that the Scottish Government will carry out an extensive mapping exercise that will contribute hugely to the knowledge of carbon accounting and reduction on our islands. 

“I’m also delighted to announce that we will take that ambition even further, we will support not just three but six islands to become carbon neutral by 2040.”

She said that by next summer there would be “carbon audits” carried out on the six islands to support them towards carbon neutrality.

It comes after the Scottish Government announced in September that it was aiming to have three carbon neutral islands by 2040.

At the time Ms Gougeon said there would be pilot schemes and audits carried out simialr to those she announced again today.