Public Sector Sustainability News – 8 February 2017
The Highland Council and Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership (HITRANS) launched two car club schemes in Inverness in January. The Highland Council’s Community Services is supporting the launch which has involved creating 16 car club parking bays in Inverness, with more planned for Fort William, Wick and Thurso. The services will be provided by Europcar and Enterprise Car Club.
Glasgow City Council's Executive Committee has approved a new seven-year contract which will see the city's mass automated cycle hire (MACH) more than double in size. The contract was awarded to Nextbike UK Limited, which had run the original scheme. The current MACH scheme launched in June 2014 now has 435 bikes available at 43 stations. The scheme, which has so far clocked 270, 897 rentals and 16,058 registrations, is the biggest bike scheme in Scotland and fourth largest in the UK.
Glasgow City Council's Affordable Warmth Programme has been approved by its Executive Committee. The programme will address issues of energy efficiency and fuel poverty in Glasgow over the next five years. Four key policy themes inform the action plan for the programme: Improving Glasgow's housing stock and new build standards; Maximising the benefits of home energy efficiency schemes for the residents of Glasgow; Affordable Warmth Advice and Assistance; and Sustainability and Resilience in the face of climate change.
08 February 2017