SSN newsletter 20.12.17

Public Bodies Duties Climate Change Reporting
The Sustainable Scotland Network (SSN) team at Keep Scotland Beautiful is pleased to announce that all 180 Major Player organisations submitted their 16/17 Climate Change Reports. We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the submissions this year for their hard work in gathering this valuable data.

The SSN team is now busy undertaking an initial quality assurance process of the submitted information in advance of the analysis of the 2016/17 data. All reports will be published on the SSN website in early 2018 and we will be holding sector events in early 2018. The first of these events is for the NHS and will be held in Glasgow on the 21st February.


Knowledge exchange: SSN member news

Works begin on Glasgow's multi million pound active travel project
The South City Way - Glasgow City Council's winning design in the Scottish Government funded Community Links PLUS competition - will deliver a 3km segregated cycle and pedestrian route from Queen's Park in the city's southside to Merchant City. The South City Way (SCW) won the 2016 Community Links PLUS (CLPLUS) competition run by Sustrans Scotland.

New funding to explore pioneering heat solution for rural Stirling
Stirling Council, alongside partner Scottish Water Horizons, has been awarded £100,000 to explore a pioneering heat solution for rural Stirling. The first study of its kind in the UK, the project will investigate how waste heat extracted from the Callander Waste Water Treatment Works (WWTW) can be incorporated with thermal energy storage and distributed to remote and off-gas grid areas.

City of Edinburgh Council Takes Innovative Approach to Electric Vehicles
The Council approved its first Electric Vehicle (EV) Action Plan (please see item 7.4 in 'reports') on 7 December at Transport and Environment Committee.  The Plan takes a strategic approach to the installation of EV infrastructure via key zones across the city and is considered an innovative approach to this developing agenda.


SSN and partner updates

Green Gown Awards results
Scotland had 9 institutions entered as finalists with 6 of these becoming Winners or receiving the Highly Commended awards for their categories. Borders College took home Best Newcomer, Ayrshire College won Highly Commended for their Community project, Perth College UHI won the best Employability project, SHRUB Co-op Edinburgh & The University of Edinburgh took home the award for Enterprise, Ayrshire College won the award for Student Engagement and South Lanarkshire College’s Deputy Principal Angus Allan won the Leadership Award. Read about and access all case studies here.

Draft Climate Change Plan knowledge exchange
The last two in the series of knowledge exchange documents are now available for SSN members on the Knowledge Hub. These documents focus on the agriculture and land use sections of the draft Climate Change Plan. For information on how to join the Knowledge Hub, please contact Kathryn Duncan. Links to the full series of documents can be found on the SSN website.

Climate Change Bill and SEEP/LHEES and District Heat Consultations
The Scottish Government have recently published the consultation analysis report following the consultation on the new Climate Change Bill. You can view this analysis report here. At the next SSN Steering Group in January, there will be discussion on whether SSN should generate a network response to the SEEP : Second Consultation on Local Heat & Energy Efficiency Strategies, and Regulation of District and Communal Heating. We would welcome network views on this in advance of the Steering Group and for members to share their planned consultation responses and/or supporting committee papers. We have added a thread on our Knowledge Hub group here to facilitate discussion and provide more information - please post any comments or send any views, comments and consultation responses to Jennifer.kaczmarski@keepscotlandbeautiful.org


Other key news

SEStran blog: building an active travel strategy.

Scottish Green Energy Awards winners announced. 

How and Why did Scotland Become a Leader on Climate Change? 

Keep Scotland Beautiful Annual Review published

21 December 2017


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