SSN newsletter 06.09.17

SSN news

There are now just over four weeks to go before the SSN Conference 2017 - make sure you get your registration in! Information about the programme for the day and our speakers can be found on the website - keep an eye out for further details about parallel session registration which will go live in the coming weeks.

With less than two weeks to go until Scotland’s Climate Week begins on 18 September, we are profiling some of the great events taking place across the country to raise awareness of, and inspire action on, climate change. To help enable widespread involvement in Climate Week, organisations are being asked to bring colleagues together to watch and virtually participate in a series of live-stream events. Two events will be broadcast live on 19 and 20 September covering the themes of climate change policy, behaviour change and communication. Organisations can use these sessions as the basis for their own Climate Week event.

Huge thanks to both The Scottish Public Services Ombudsman and The Scottish Parliament for being the first and second bodies (respectively) to complete and submit their Public Bodies Duties Climate Change report. Well done! To everyone else, no need to panic, there are less than 3 months to go until the 30th November deadline. For any and all queries contact ssn@keepscotlandbeautiful.org and the team will endeavour to assist.

The SSN team have partnered with EAUC-Scotland to deliver a webinar session which will cover the types of information that would be expected in the wider influence section of the Public Bodies Climate Change Duties Reports from an education institution, as well as some lessons and best practice examples from the 2015-16 reports. This training is free to anyone working within Scottish Universities and Colleges, and Reporting Leads are encouraged to invite colleagues who will contribute to this Section of the Reports to also attend. Please contact scotland@eauc.org.uk with any questions or difficulties booking your place.

SSN members can now access a food growing strategy briefing on the Knowledge Hub. For information about becoming a member of SSN and joining the Knowledge Hub please contact Kathryn.duncan@keepscotlandbeautiful.org.


A Nation with Ambition: The Government’s Programme for Scotland 2017-18

A Nation with Ambition: The Government’s Programme for Scotland 2017-18 was published to set out the actions the Government will take in the forthcoming year. ‘Seizing the opportunities of the low carbon revolution, investing in future economic growth and improving the lives of all our young people will be central to the Scottish Government’s Programme for the coming year’.

Cleaner, greener and healthier actions include:

  • Introducing a new Climate Change Bill to set even more ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Creating a Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) in one of our cities by the end of next year – and working with local authorities to introduce LEZs into our four biggest cities by 2020 and to all Air Quality Management Areas by 2023
  • Developing a deposit return scheme for drinks containers for roll out across Scotland
  • Establishing an advisory group to consider fiscal and other measures to reduce waste and boost the circular economy
  • Doubling investment in active travel to £80million a year from 2018-19
  • Introducing a Transport Bill to provide local authorities with flexible options to improve bus services in their local area
  • Identifying a public body to bid for the next ScotRail franchise contract and setting out the next steps in preparation of the bid

View the full Programme for Government here


Resource spotlight - Reporting resources

Bespoke resources have been created to help with the completion of each section of the Public Bodies Duties Climate Change Reports. There are three main guidance documents, one which is specific to Integration Joint Boards, one for all other organisations and one which highlights the differences between last year’s guidance and this year’s guidance.

The main section-specific resources are the populated examples which have been designed to give an indication of the type of content that needs to into each section of the report. Previously submitted reports will be useful when completing 2016/17 reports.  Reports are available from the first non-mandatory reporting year, 2014/15, for many organisations, as well as reports from 2015/16. Guidance on the use and unique functions of the Online Reporting Platform, along with instructions on how to access the form and obtain login details can be found on the Online Reporting Platform resources page. 

There are also a number of videos to support the completion of Climate Change Reports including a video showing top tips provided with those involved in managing, submitting or analysing Climate Change Reports as well as videos from training held in 2016.


Member updates

On-site composting at Dundee and Angus College

On-site composting at Dundee and Angus College has provided an ideal solution to take control of their food waste, reducing packaging in canteens, and move away from plastics in food service. Because Vegware’s products are compostable, they can be combined with food waste and processed in Dundee and Angus College’s own composter.  With help from food waste experts, Tidy Planet, the college operates an on-site composter called The Rocket Composter.

The Scottish Parliament has now published its annual Environment report

The 2016/17 Environmental and Sustainability Annual Report is now available to view. The report contains information on topics including a performance overview and detailed breakdown on areas including orgnisational carbon footprint, electricity, gas and business travel, the Carbon Management Plan and plans and projections for 2017/18 and 2018/19.

Aberdeen community food growing initiative approved

programme for starting a £145,000 community food growing initiative in three regeneration areas of the city has been approved at an Aberdeen City Council committee. Members of the communities, housing and infrastructure committee unanimously agreed the Community Food Growing Programme including 19 site-specific projects which have been assessed and a further six non-site specific projects considered.

Council Approves £5 million Affordable Warmth Programme for Glasgow

Glasgow City Council's Executive Committee has approved a report on the city's programmes for affordable warmth and energy efficiency in the city. The council uses Scottish Government funding for these programmes to deliver energy efficiency measures to homes and buildings across Glasgow in both the public and private sectors. For more information please see here.

SEPA voluntary reporting published

SEPA has published a range of documents including an infographic summarising overall energy performance, a set of tables with detailed energy information and a summary of targets performance. For more information please see here.


Partner updates

EAUC-Scotland Sustainable Behaviours Sharing Series

EAUC-Scotland have announced their new Sustainable Behaviours Sharing Series. This series will take place virtually by webinar on the first Wednesday of every month from 11am-12noon over the 2017-18 academic year. Keep an eye out for the schedule on the EAUC-Scotland page.

Salix Finance and the SFC University Carbon Reduction Fund

Salix Finance have announce they will be working with the Scottish Funding Council to deliver the SFC University Carbon Reduction Fund. This is a special £20million fund especially for universities to carry out energy efficiency projects to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the sector. The funding will be available as interest-free loans for projects that reduce costs and save carbon. Applications will be accepted from 1st to the 31st October 2017 and universities wishing to apply are strongly encouraged to submit an expression of interest form to Salix by 7th September. Salix Finance will also be hosting a workshop on 20th September at Edinburgh Napier University which will offer a key insight into the fund and how to apply. To book your place, please email the Salix Scotland Team or call 020 3102 6904 for more information.

Win bespoke anti-drinks littering campaign pack

Keep Scotland Beautiful are challenging you to send in photographs of drinks litter and coffee cup lids, to be entered into a competition to win a display space in the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow and a bespoke anti-litter campaign collateral pack. Get involved by either sending a photo and caption to enter the campaign poster competition or sending in rinsed coffee cup lids to be incorporated into the centre piece art sculpture for the Gallery of Modern Art exhibition. for more information please see here.


Other key news

A £20m investment in carbon reduction for universities has been announced.

Transform Scotland has published 'A Green Journey to Growth', looking at carbon savings achieved by shifting from air to rail between Central Scotland and London.  

State of the UK Climate: The MetOffice's annual publication providing an accessible, authoritative and up-to-date assessment of UK climate trends, variations and extremes.

Cycle to Work day 2017 is taking place on 13th September. There are resources including an employer guide and short video on how to engage available now.

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