SSN newsletter 05.07.2017

SSN news

SSN Member and Stakeholder Survey
The Sustainable Scotland Network (SSN) Steering Group, with support from the Scottish Government, is planning for the next phase of SSN, and would like to hear from its members and other stakeholders. You can feed in your views via a new survey by clicking on the SSN survey link. The survey will remain open until 5pm on 21 July 2017. Your survey responses will go direct to the relevant Scottish Government team for analysis and will be stored securely. For more information, please see the news story here.

Successful Reporting Event
SSN ran the ‘Getting Ready for Climate Change Reporting’ event in Dundee on 22 June 2017. The training was attended by 24 officers from across the public sector. The slides from the day are now available on the SSN climate change resources webpage. Videos from the same training event held in 2016 are also available on this page for anyone who was unable to attend the event. For follow up support, please email ssn@keepscotlandbeautiful.org or call 01786 471333 and ask for Craig Dun or Jennifer Kaczmarski.

Coming Soon: Reporting populated examples from submitted 2015-16 Climate Change Reports 
SSN are in the process of developing populated examples from the reports submitted last year. These will be made available on the climate change resources page on our website from mid-July.

New SSN Team Member
We are pleased to welcome Cara Labuschagne to the SSN staff team. Cara will be working principally on Public Bodies Climate Change Reporting. She previously worked for the Environmental Protection Authority in New Zealand, working on climate change policy with a particular focus on the NZ emissions trading scheme.

Preparations Underway for SSN Conference 
This year's SSN Conference is taking place on 5 October at the COSLA Conference Centre in Edinburgh. Confirmed speakers include Chris Stark, Head of Scottish Government's Energy Division, Energy and Climate Change Directorate, and Jan Webb,Professor of Sociology of Organisations at the University of Edinburgh. Conference registration will open early August. 

Climate Change Bill Consultation
The Scottish Government has opened a consultation on the Climate Change Bill. Proposals include setting targets based on actual emissions, increasing the 2050 target to 90% emissions reduction, and making provisions for a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions target to be set when a credible and costed pathway can be demonstrated. The consultation closes on 22 September. 

Air Quality Inquiry 
On 6 June the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee agreed to undertake an inquiry on air quality in Scotland. The Committee is currently inviting views on the Government’s strategy to tackle air quality in Scotland, including whether there are adequate powers and resources in place for local authorities and SEPA to address air pollution.


Member updates

Five Public Sector Bodies Funded Through LCTT
Five public bodies were awarded funds in June through Transport Scotland’s Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund. These are: Dundee City Council's 'Dundee Travel Hub'; Falkirk Council's ‘Healthier Greener Falkirk’ project; North Ayrshire Council's ‘Irvine Active Travel Hub’; Perth and Kinross Council's 'Broxden Low Carbon Transport Hub' and Sport Aberdeen's ‘Bridge of Don Active Travel Hub’.

Scottish Transport Awards for Midlothian and Fife Councils
Midlothian Council’s Active Travel team has picked up a national award for excellence in travel information and marketing at the Scottish Transport Awards held on 15 June. Work by the team commended by award judges included installing interactive, touch screen consoles with information about walking, cycling and public transport, at each of the four new Borders Railway stations in the county. Fife Council won an award for Best Practice in Travel to School and Work Schemes. Fife worked in partnership with Living Streets since 2015 to promote active travel to school in 30 schools across Fife, using their WoW (Walk once a Week) scheme.


Partner updates

Invitation to Contribute to CCF Ideas Bank
Organisations such as local authorities are invited to submit templates of eligible Climate Challenge Fund projects to the Ideas Bank, which community-led organisations can use to prepare a CCF application. The innovative Ideas Bank was originally introduced in 2013. It helped to extend the reach and increase the impact of the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) by sharing the expertise of organisations previously not eligible to apply for CCF funding with community-led organisations. Further information available here.

Carbon Reporting Grows within Cultural Sector
Carbon reporting by over 100 cultural SMEs for the year 2015-16 has been published on the Creative Carbon Scotland website. The organisations – from tiny touring music groups to large theatres – were required by Creative Scotland, which distributes Scottish Government and National Lottery funds to cultural organisations, to report their carbon emissions annually from April 2015 onwards. 117 organisations reported in 2015-16 compared to 90 in 2014-15.

EAUC Waste Management Topic Support Network
Registration is now open for the next meeting of EAUC's Waste Management Topic Support Network on 18 July, which will discuss a number of waste topics currently of relevance to Scotland's universities and colleges. The event will include presentations from Zero Waste Scotland on Litter Action Plans and Recycle Week, and about FHE's performance reporting waste data within the first year of Public Bodies Climate Change Duties Reporting.


Other key news

CCC Says More Action Needed on Climate Change
new report from the Committee on Climate Change, published on 29 June, says that the UK’s transition to a resilient, low-carbon economy is in danger of being derailed by a lack of Government action on climate change. The CCC's three-volume '2017 Report to Parliament' says that progress on emissions reduction is stalling and that effective new strategies and new policies are urgently needed to ensure emissions continue to fall in line with the commitments agreed by Parliament. The CCC's report says that while Scotland continues to have considerable success at reducing emissions from the power sector to minimal levels, progress to reduce emissions and increase resilience in buildings, transport and the natural environment will need further action by the Scottish Government.

Local Authority Carbon Dioxide Emissions Stats
National Statistics covering 2015 estimates of carbon dioxide emissions at local authority level were published on Thursday 29 June by the Department of Business, Energy and Indistrial Strategy.  These estimates are intended as a resource to help those working on local or regional indicators and inventories as part of their efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Flood Vulnerability Linked to Social Disadvantage
Two-thirds of cities experiencing relative economic decline face above average flood disadvantage according to new research by Sayers and Partners for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The report, 'Present and future flood vulnerability, risk and disadvantage: A UK assessment' highlights how floods interact with social vulnerability across the UK to create flood disadvantage, an issue which will be exacerbated by climate change.

19 July 2017


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