Public Sector Sustainability News

Sustainability developments from across the Scottish public sector, including: procurement, Fair Trade, Active Travel Hubs, affordable warmth and energy efficiency, biomass boiler installation, community allotments and the ECO Stars scheme.

South Ayrshire Council publishes draft Procurement Strategy

South Ayrshire Council announced on 18 November that it has published a draft Procurement Strategy. The Strategy includes four main objectives: procurement capability development; maximising efficiencies through procurement; development of collaborative opportunities, and; fulfilment of sustainable procurement duties.


East Dunbartonshire Council Reaffirms Commitment to Fair Trade

East Dunbartonshire Council announced on 18 November that its elected members voted unanimously in favour of a new resolution supporting Fair Trade locally. The motion included a pledge to:

- Offer Fair Trade goods wherever possible when catering for Council meetings and functions

- Implement Fair Trade through procurement processes and those of suppliers wherever possible

- Continue to support the work of East Dunbartonshire Fairtrade Steering Group

- Promote Fair Trade issues and practices among local business, commercial and other organisations

- Share best practice on Fair Trade and sustainable development with other public bodies, stakeholders and partners

- Work to ensure East Dunbartonshire continues to meet and exceed the requirements necessary to maintain its status as a Fairtrade Zone.


South Ayrshire Council Active Travel Hub

It was announced on 11 November that Ayr Rail Station is set to become the home of a new Active Travel Hub, one of the first in Scotland. The hub, which will be in place by the end of November, will promote sustainable forms of travel such as walking and cycling, making it easier for commuters, students and tourists to get active.


Shetland Council Exploring Possibility of Active Travel Hubs

A partnership of Shetland Islands Council, NHS Shetland, ZetTrans, and local tourism bodies is launching a survey to gather views from the public on the possibility of developing a network of ‘active travel hubs’ across Shetland. The future development of any ‘hubs’ would be linked wherever possible to existing public transport, such as buses and ferries. This survey will gauge views on issues such as the possibility of new ticketing and payment options, extending the existing smart card system, and the potential for extending the network of charge points for electric vehicles.


East Ayrshire Council Biomass Boiler

East Ayrshire Council announced on 17 November that an agreement has been reached to reallocate funding for a state of the art biomass boiler at the new £63.5 million Knockroon Campus. Subject to planning permission, the new campus is scheduled to open in 2019 and, once operational, the new biomass boiler will reduce carbon emissions across all Council buildings by a massive 10%. The new Campus will include further education, community and enterprise facilities.


Glasgow City Council Considers Programme for Affordable Warmth and Energy Efficiency

Glasgow City Council's Regeneration and the Economy Committee recently considered a report on the city's 2016/17 programmes for affordable warmth and energy efficiency in Glasgow.  Over £5million will be allocated to these three programmes over the course of the current financial year.


Dundee City Council Community Allotment on Gap Site

It was announced on 9 November that a community garden could be established in the Stobswell area of Dundee on a piece of currently unused land. The city council’s neighbourhood services committee will hear of plans to establish a community allotment project at a gap site on Robertson Street. 


Fife Council Welcome 100th Member of ECO Stars Scheme

FIFE ECO Stars Fleet Recognition Scheme has welcomed its 100th member – Dalgety Bay company AV Department Ltd (AVD). ECO Stars is a free, voluntary scheme that encourages operators to run their vehicles in the most efficient way, reducing costs and emissions. The scheme is managed by Transport and Travel Research Ltd. on behalf of Fife Council.


23 November 2016


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