Historic Scotland has been presented with the first ever World Wildlife Fund Scotland public body champion award, in recognition of its support of Earth Hour.
The award was accepted at Linlithgow Palace by David Mitchell, director of conservation at Historic Scotland, alongside the newly appointed chairwoman of Historic Environment Scotland, Jane Ryder.
They were joined by Linlithgow MSP Fiona Hyslop.
Earth Hour 2015, which will take place in more than 160 countries tomorrow (Saturday) will see 11 of Historic Scotland’s properties, including Linlithgow Palace, go dark from 8.30-9.30pm.
Iconic buildings like Edinburgh Castle and Arbroath Abbey will join sites around the world including the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramids and Sydney Opera House.
Millions of people are expected to participate with switch offs starting in Samoa and finishing in Tahiti.
In 2013-14, Historic Scotland successfully reduced its energy consumption by 16 per cent against a target of eight per cent and lowered associated carbon emissions by 19 per cent.
The organisation’s carbon management plan, sets out a detailed five-year programme to reduce carbon emissions from internal operations by 25per cent over five years.
Fiona Hyslop, cabinet secretary for culture, Europe and external affairs, said: “Earth Hour is a wonderfully simple way for an incredibly powerful message to be heard and supported worldwide.
“It is important that public bodies do their bit to contribute to energy reduction.
“By receiving the inaugural public body champion award, Historic Scotland has pledged to create a sustainable future for our cultural heritage for generations to come.
“Climate change poses a potentially devastating threat to our historic environment and Scotland has a major role to play in carbon emissions reduction.”
Lang Banks, director of WWF Scotland, said: “We’re delighted to announce Historic Scotland as our inaugural Public Body Champion for all their efforts in support of our organisations annual Earth Hour initiative.
“This award clearly demonstrates the commitment of Historic Scotland to tackling climate change and their efforts at protecting our brilliant planet.
We look forward to working with our newly crowned champions for Earth Hour 2015.”