SSN newsletter 10.05.17

Welcome to our new format SSN Newsletter. The Newsletter will now be published fortnightly.

SSN news

The SSN team is now in the process of sending out the individual feedback for the 2015/16 Public Sector Climate Change reports to the organisations who requested feedback. Updated guidance for the 2016-17 reporting period, informed by a functional review of the reporting process, will be available when the online reporting portal is ready for launch at the end of May.

Preparations are underway for both the Support for Reporting training on the 22nd June in Dundee, which is open to individuals who are new to the reporting process, and the SSN Conference 2017, which will take place on Thursday 5th October at the COSLA Conference Centre in central Edinburgh.

Andrew Darnton recently joined us for an online discussion about the ISM framework on the Knowledge Hub and we have produced the first in a series of summary support documents, themed around the chapters Draft Climate Change Plan. The first topic covered is electricity. Members can view more information and the summary documents on the Knowledge Hub. For information about becoming a member of the Knowledge Hub, please contact kathryn.duncan@keepscotlandbeautiful.org 


Member news

Carbon removal studies to inform climate policy
Scientists at the University of Edinburgh are to carry out research to inform approaches to tackling climate change. Their studies will examine the potential to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere to help prevent climate change. The approach, known as Greenhouse Gas Removal, is suggested to help to keep total emissions within a fixed budget consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement climate change treaty.

SRUC researchers work on new £8.6m greenhouse gas programme 
SRUC are co-investigators on a new £8.6 m research programme to investigate ways to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere to counteract global warming. Staff from both the Land Economy, Environment and Society and Future Farming Systems research groups are involved in the recently awarded National Environment Research Council (NERC) project led by Aberdeen University.

The Nestrans Sustainable Travel Grant Scheme is open for applications
The Nestrans Sustainable Travel Grant Scheme (STGS) is now open for funding applications from organisations across the north east to help support active and ‘greener’ travel initiatives. Organisations could receive a grant of between £500 and £10,000.

£7.3m in funding for new green infrastructure projects across Scotland
Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is awarding £3 million to five projects which will improve local greenspace in some of the most deprived areas in Scotland. The SNH funding comes from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and once match funding from other sources is added will result in a total investment of £7.3 million.

EcoCity Awards entries now open
The EcoCity Awards recognise and reward local people for their efforts to make Aberdeen a more sustainable city, and are open to all individuals, community groups, schools, businesses and charities within the city. The Aberdeen EcoCity Awards, hosted by Aberdeen City Council, were established in 2007 as an annual campaign to recognise, reward and promote environmental best practice in Aberdeen.


Partner news

Keep Scotland Beautiful and the Sustainable Development Goals
Keep Scotland Beautiful support the ambitions of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, or Global Goals. Having recognised the strategic importance of the Global Goals to delivering work, in particular with young people, Keep Scotland Beautiful seek to play an active role in supporting the targets of all 17 Global Goals.

EAUC-Scotland vacancy
EAUC-Scotland are seeking a Programme Administrator to support their small team to embed sustainability within teaching, engagement and operations within Scotland’s universities and colleges. The deadline is Sunday 21st May. Find more information and how to apply here.


Other key news

New report highlights a clear route for successful district heating projects

£8.6m UK research programme on greenhouse gas removal

Green Arts Initiative Report 2016 published

2050 Climate Group announces new leaders

Fuel efficiency improvements of new cars in Europe slowed in 2016

Bikeplus has published its quality assurance criteria

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