Public Sector Sustainability Update - 29 March 2017

Historic Environment Scotland Win WWF Scotland Public Body Champion for third year running; three Aberdeen City Council initiatives recognised at Green Apple Awards; Dundee City Council wins £515,000 to develop infrastructure for electric taxis; Fife Council Executive Committee to discuss proposed district heat scheme for Glenrothes; North Ayrshire Council is seeking views on developing a sustainable woody biomass supply chain utilising vacant and derelict land across the district.

Historic Environment Scotland Win WWF Scotland Public Body Champion

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has been awarded the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Scotland Public Body Champion Award for the third year in a row in recognition of its work to tackle climate change. The award was presented prior to the WWF’s annual Earth Hour initiative on 25 March. HES worked with partners across Scotland to switch off the lights at 15 historic castles and abbeys in recognition of Earth Hour. The organisation’s Climate Change team have also been working internally to cut emissions and create a greener workplace by supporting events like Pass it On Week and The Scottish Workplace Journey Challenge, as well as carrying out research into the impact of climate change on historic buildings in an effort to combat it.


Three Aberdeen City Council Initiatives Recognised at Green Apple Awards

Aberdeen City Council has been recognised at the Green Apple Awards for three of its initiatives: TechKnow, Powering Aberdeen and Earth Hour, part of Climate Week 2016. The awards are part of an annual international campaign by the Green Organisation, which recognises environmental best practice around the world. TechKnow, spearheaded by the Council’s Waste and Recycling Team, was selected as National Champion for its innovate approach to encouraging and facilitating the re-use of unwanted electrical items. A collaborative project between Aberdeen City Council, Enscape Consulting, Re-Tek, and third sector organisations Instant Neighbour, CFINE and Somebody Cares, TechKnow worked to raise awareness of the importance of donating items responsibly and securely.

Powering Aberdeen, a collaborative programme that has set out aspirations, commitments and targets designed to help Aberdeen significantly decrease emissions and become a leading sustainable economy in the UK, was recognised for promoting the change necessary to become a smart, low carbon city.

The Council was also recognised for an awareness raising campaign for Climate Week and Earth Hour during 2016. Partner organisations worked together to produce a programme of events to engage the public and raise awareness about climate change including switching off lights at city landmarks.


Dundee City Council Receives Funding to Develop Infrastructure for Electric Taxis

A bid via Urban Foresight has secured £515,000 for Dundee City Council from the UK’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles to fund infrastructure for electric taxis. The city was named as one of ten successful bids to receive a share of £15 million, receiving one of the highest total awards. The funding will be used to install 10 rapid and 2 fast chargers at key sites, and will help the taxi industry increase the number of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) in use. Dundee is home to the UK’s largest fleet of pure electric taxis and the first city in the UK to achieve over 1 million electric taxi miles. Dundee City Council was earlier awarded £1.9m in 2016 as part of the Go Ultra Low City Scheme.


Fife Council Exec Committee to Discuss Proposed Glenrothes District Heat Scheme

Fife Council’s Executive Committee will this week discuss the proposed district heat scheme for Glenrothes. Councillors will be asked to approve officers proceeding with detailed design, costings and developing the final business case for this scheme. Glenrothes Heat would supply low carbon heat to a range of business, community, public sector and domestic customers in the centre of Glenrothes. Earlier this month a planning application was submitted to Fife Council for the construction of the heat distribution network. A public  consultation event is also being held this week.


North Ayrshire Community Woodfuel Consultation

North Ayrshire Council are seeking the views of stakeholders on a project to develop a sustainable woody biomass supply chain utilising vacant and derelict land across the district to grow forestry and woody energy crops. An online questionnaire is open, to help NAC gauge how much interest there might be in a local woodfuel supply chain involving Council-owned land.



29 March 2017


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