SSN newsletter 09.08.17

SSN news

Registration for the SSN Conference 2017 is now open! Early bird delegate rates are available until the 1st September, priced at £50+VAT for SSN members and £100+VAT for non-members. The conference will help delegates understand the emerging policy landscape and determine how public sector action on climate change can enable broader and deeper impacts in line with the ambitions set out nationally. Speakers include Chris Stark, Scottish Government and Professor Jan Webb, University of Edinburgh

The Climate Week campaign, led by the Scottish Government, will run from 18-22 September. The Government is aiming to get 100 organisations involved in Climate Week - a big thanks to all 40 organisations that have registered so far! You can view all registrations, as well as register your own organisation, for Climate Week here. We have a range of Climate Week event ideas and resources, as well as case studies from SEPA, Scottish Parliament and Fife Environmental Partnership.

SSN has created Supplementary Guidance for 2016/17 Climate Change Reporting.  This new resource highlights the substantive updates that have been made to the 2015-16 Reporting Guidance and the Online Reporting Platform and is intended as a quick reference guide for those who are familiar with the existing resources.  The full 2016-17 guidance and other reporting resources can be accessed on the SSN webpages.

The SSN team have been working on two upcoming events: on Thursday (10th August), the Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) Club will meet at the Keep Scotland Beautiful office in Stirling. This event has been developed to bring together local authority officers working on SEAP’s or wider influence climate change action and reporting. On the 31st August SSN have arranged a one-day training event on carbon footprinting, creating and maintaining a project register, forecasting emissions and target setting.


Resource spotlight

 As part of our work on supporting the public sector with action on climate change, we are going to have a regular focus on resources that have been created to assist with this work. The first of the resources we’ll be featuring is the CCAT tool.

The Climate Change Assessment Tool (CCAT) is a simple way of assessing progress on putting the Public Bodies Climate Change Duties into practice to:

  • help meet 2020 climate change targets and
  • improve organisational resilience to impacts.

Responses to a short series of questions on five key areas (Governance; Emissions; Adaptation; Behaviour and Procurement) form a picture of where improvement is needed with suggested actions. The tool can be run up to five times to keep track of progress. CCAT is ideally run in a workshop with key decision-makers to enable discussion and commit to action, however, it can be used as a desk-based exercise where a team or individual officers have sufficient knowledge and ability to implement the action plan. CCAT can be customised for specific organisational needs and is accompanied by a suite of presentation slides and a guidance document.

Major Players are asked whether they have used CCAT as part of the PBCCD reporting requirements. Last year 56 organisations said they had used CCAT. Hopefully this number will rise annually and we are interested to hear how/whether using CCAT has helped improve progress on integrating PBCCD as part of service delivery and other organisational functions

Member updates

SEStran announces successful bid for funding from the Smart Ticketing Challenge Fund
SEStran is pleased to announce a successful bid for funding from the Smart Ticketing Challenge Fund through Transport Scotland and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) 2014-2020 Programme. For the second year in a row SEStran has secured funding to compliment their own funding of the purchase of smart ticketing equipment for bus operators.

University of the West of Scotland receives Cycle Friendly Campus Award from Cycling Scotland
University of the West of Scotland’s Paisley Campus celebrated receiving the Cycle Friendly Campus Award from Cycling Scotland in recognition of their commitment to getting more staff and students cycling. The University implemented a range of measures including, efforts to engage staff and students in the development of cycling facilities; efforts to track progress through travel surveys and cycle counts; integration of sustainable travel into high level strategy; and policy and strong partnerships with Cycling Scotland, UWS Student Association, Glasgow Bike Station and the Active Travel Hub Ayr.

Borders College shortlisted as a finalist in the Green Gown Awards
The heat from Sewage project has been shortlisted as a finalist in the prestigious Green Gown Awards 2017. Borders College, in partnership with SHARC Energy Systems UK, has recently completed the installation of the UK’s first heating plant using sewage/waste water as a sustainable heat source at its Scottish Borders Campus at Galashiels in the Scottish Borders. This unique installation provides 95% of the heating within a joint HE/FE Campus with multiple building types, ages and construction designs. For a full list of finalists, please see here.

Exhibition at Birnam Arts to highlight the issue of Climate Change
A major exhibition at Birnam Arts, supported by Perth & Kinross Council, will highlight the issue of climate change. "Whole Earth?" looks at sustainability and how best to protect the natural and human worlds in the future through a series of 20 questions covering topics including resources, population, poverty, human rights and the environment.


Partner updates

Greenhouse gas reporting: conversion factors 2017 
On Friday, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) released the 2017 greenhouse gas reporting conversion factors. These factors are those used within the Public Bodies Duties Climate Change Reporting process. The factors and accompanying methodology report can be found here. Should you have any questions about the factors, don’t hesitate to contact the SSN team.

Sustainable Health Scotland 2017  
Sustainable Health Scotland 2017 is the premier opportunity for all those involved in the health and social care system in Scotland to share experiences and practice that will help mitigate future threats to health and health equity and inform how we can adapt the system to achieve sustainable health and social care delivery for Scotland.   Building on the success of last year’s conference, Sustainable Health Scotland 2017 will  develop further the key ways in which the NHS, public health, and the social care system can maximise opportunities to improve social, environmental and economic sustainability. Sustainable Health Scotland 2017 has a particular focus on how action to mitigate climate change and adapt to its consequences can help reduce existing health inequalities and prevent new ones. Attendance is free for public sector delegates. For more information, and to register as a delegate, please visit www.sustainablehealthscotland.com

Bright Green Business: free day
Public sector organisations are invited to learn more about The Environmental Placement Programme during a free day in the Scottish Parliament on September 8th (1.30-6pm). The programme links students and graduates with organisations across Scotland and participants undertake projects with a green focus. They vary from environmental management and carbon behaviour strategies to active travel, waste management and community engagement. For more information about attending the free day, please contact lucy@thebusinesspartnership.org.uk.

Scottish Shared Transport Conference 2017 
In partnership with the Royal Town Planning Institute, this year’s Carplus Bikeplus conference will discuss the importance of planning for a low-carbon lifestyle, demonstrate viable car ownership alternatives, highlight successful projects, and provide access to those at the forefront of establishing new approaches to sustainable living in towns and cities. For more information, please see here.

EAUC-Scotland - upcoming events
There are two Topic Support Networks available to attend in August

For more information and to book, please see the EAUC-Scotland events page.


Other key news

Research suggests that moves to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change should consider a new analysis of historical temperature changes.

The Scottish Green Energy Awards 2017: nominations now open.

Sustrans Active Travel Toolbox launches to help boost walking and cycling.

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