Conference Parallel Sessions


Becoming a Good Food Nation

Session lead: Tom Andrews, Director of Sustainable Food Cities

Co-Facilitators: Pete Richie, Executive Director, Nourish

Steering Group Member host: Clive Mitchell, Scottish Natural Heritage

Description: As policy makers come to recognise the key role food and farming play in realising health, economic and climate change ambitions and in light of the consultation on the Good Food Nation Bill, this participatory session looks at levers for change at a national and local level.

Following a context setting introduction , the workshop will explore opportunities to transform food culture to achieve positive health and climate change outcomes and promote economic prosperity and will look at the potential role of national and local government and public sector institutions in driving that change.



Sustainable Procurement: Delivering Sustainable Outcomes

Session lead: Barbara Morton, Director Sustainable Procurement Ltd

Co-facilitators: Maureen Fitzpatrick and Ken Harris Glasgow City Council,

Steering Group Member host: Ken Harris, Glasgow City Council

Description: Drawing on her extensive expertise in sustainable procurement, Barbara will introduce themes such as the challenges and opportunities of monitoring and reporting sustainable outcomes, including climate change, and aligning organisational outcomes. A Glasgow case study will provide an experiential account of involving the right personnel at the right times and the role of procurement in delivering sustainable outcomes. This session will provide an open forum for discussion of effective approaches as well as challenges. 



Demonstrating a whole system approach to realise the aims of Scotland’s Energy Strategy

A new Energy Strategy for Scotland’s is being developed that focuses on a decentralised whole system approach to heat, power and transport.  This session is organised by Local Energy Scotland to showcase integrated smart energy projects that bring the strategy to life.

Steering Group Member host: Sinclair Lang, Aberdeen City Council

Introduction and Chair

  • Chris Morris, Local Energy Scotland

Developing Scotland’s Energy Strategy – the key themes and an update on progress

  • Jenna Williamson, Scottish Government

Green hydrogen project, world-firsts and a low carbon, whole system approach seeing Levenmouth being home to one of the largest fleets of hydrogen dual fuel vehicles– Levenmouth Community Energy Project

  • Barbara Whiting, Fife Council

Heat storage to tackle fuel poverty at scale in social housing – The EASTHEAT project

  • Joan Pisanek, Sunamp

Community hydro delivered in the heart of Aberdeen with funding raised through people power – Donside Hydro

  • Sinclair Lang, Aberdeen Community Energy



Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme

Session lead: Kathleen Robertson, Head of the Scottish Government’s Heat and Energy Efficiency Unit

Co-facilitators: Gareth Fenney, Sustainable Housing Policy Manager and Johann MacDougall, Heat and Energy Efficiency Unit, Scottish Government

Steering Group Member host: Kate Dapre, NHS Health Facilities Scotland

Description: In June 2015 the Scottish Government designated ‘energy efficiency’ as a National Infrastructure Priority in recognition of its importance to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and tackling fuel poverty. The cornerstone of this activity will be Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP), aiming to achieve substantive improvement to the energy efficiency of Scotland’s building stock, investing in existing buildings to make them fit for Scotland’s low carbon future. SEEP builds on successful energy efficiency programmes, shaped around local delivery projects meeting the needs of businesses and communities.

This workshop will be an opportunity to hear more about SEEP and to contribute to its on-going development.


How to take control of your business transport

Session lead: Tom Lessells, Assistant Manager, Scottish Transport, Energy Saving Trust

Co-facilitators: Gordon Manson, Specialist Transport Advisor, Home Energy Scotland

Steering Group Member host: Jamie Pearson, Edinburgh Napier University

Description: This session will outline the business case for exercising greater control over business transport in order to manage costs and emissions. The session will cover how to understand existing business transport, with regard to monitoring, recording and reporting. It will identify how to reduce the cost and improve efficiency of business transport, taking into account whole life costs, best in class vehicles, electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, telematics, tax, driver training, grey fleet, pool vehicles, light commercial vehicles, etc. Sources of advice and support including loans, grants and training will be signposted.


"Smarter Choices, Smarter Places": delivering targeted local interventions to influence sustainable transport choices

Session lead: Janice Gray, Smarter Choices, Smarter Places Manager, Paths for All

Co-facilitators: Lynn Slavin and Adam Watson, Transport Planning Officers, Falkirk Council

Steering Group Member host: Angela Heaney, Stirling Council

Description: This session will provide an overview of the Smarter Choices, Smarter Places Programme, sharing learning and experience from delivery of the “Take the Right Route” travel behaviour change project. Take the Right Route has influenced everyday transport choices since 2008, resulting in an increase in walking by 21.4%, positive views towards local walking facilities, improved perception of public transport and high awareness of the Take the Right Route branding. Delegates will learn about different approaches to implementing Smarter Choices, Smarter Places initiatives and how to apply the principles of social marketing to increase the uptake of local sustainable transport modes.


Understanding and incorporating behaviours into plans and projects for reducing emissions

Session lead: Dr. Alex Hilliam, Principal Researcher Behaviour Change, Changeworks

Steering Group Member host: Chris Wood-Gee, Dumfries and Galloway Council

Description: This session will explore the key carbon emission reduction challenges SSN members have within their organisations and explore how a perspective on behaviours could be incorporated into planning and project development.

The session will combine a presentation element where different perspectives on behaviour change will be introduced and related to the challenges SSN members may have in relation to carbon reduction.  A workshop element will then take place where participants will be encouraged to share and explore the issues they face as they develop carbon reducing projects and examine how a behavioural perspective may support their work moving forward.


Climate Change Co-Benefits

Session Lead: Alison Pridmore, Principal Consultant, Aether

Co-facilitators: Christofer Ahlgren, Consultant, Aether

Steering Group Member host: Paul Murphy, Inverclyde Council

DescriptionThe session will examine potential wider impacts of climate change mitigation with a focus on the Scottish context. An increased understanding of co-benefits allows the development of cost effective strategies and enables buy-in from stakeholders. The session will identify key benefits – social, economic and environmental as well as challenges.  These will be framed within the context various stakeholder perspectives.  Next steps in the co-benefits agenda will be identified. 

Attendees will gain an understanding of key co-benefits and an understanding of future actions required.  The session will involve a presentation followed by a series of group discussions, with opportunities for feedback. 


Culture Shift: Working with the arts and culture for mitigation and adaptation

Session lead: Ben Twist, Director, Creative Carbon Scotland

Co-facilitators: Rebecca DeVivo, Events and Communications Officer, and Gemma Lawrence, Producer, Creative Carbon Scotland

Steering Group Member host: Ewan Hyslop, Historic Environment Scotland

Description: This session will address the concept of climate change as a cultural as well as a scientific and technical issue. Given the accepted premise that cultural shift is needed if we are to achieve climate change targets, missing out arts and culture in this effort means missing out a vital component.

Creative Carbon Scotland connects climate change with the arts and culture. Following a short presentation, sub-groups will consider areas where organisations working on climate change might consider working with the arts, the ways in which the arts can contribute, and how to find and work with the right partners.


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