SSN newsletter 21.06.17

SSN news

SSN Member Event: the team are getting ready to deliver Support for Reporting training tomorrow (22nd June) in Dundee, resources from the training will be made available on the website after the event. For any follow up support, please email ssn@keepscotlandbeautiful.org or call 01786 471333 and ask for Craig Dun or Jennifer Kaczmarski.

Provisional plans are being made for carbon foot-printing and project register training to take place in Stirling in early September 2017. The aim of the training is to build capacity of using the RES CFPR. The sessions will also touch on the importance of keeping a good project register as well as offering attendees the opportunity to answer any questions they have regarding this year’s climate change reporting process.Further details including registration instructions to follow.

Members of the team have attended a number of events in the past fortnight, including the Active Travel Conference, The Carbon Trust Public Sector Conference, the 3rd European Climate Change Adaptation Conference and the Central Scotland Green Network Forum.


Member updates

Ambitious programme aims to encourage West Lothian residents to use sustainable transport
West Lothian Council's Executive has approved proposals to invest £163,000 received from the Smarter Choices Smarter Places fund into projects which encourage active travel. This includes £93,000 for school support, £38,000 towards mapping and signage and £32,000 in workplace support. For more information, see here.

Smart waste bins to be trialled across Dundee
The proposals are part of the Scottish Cities Alliance and are being jointly funded by Dundee City Council and a European Regional Development Fund programme entitled ‘Scotland’s 8th City – the Smart City’. Smart litter bins will be deployed in Dundee with sensors to alert waste services to empty the bins only when they are full. Solar power will be used to compact the waste, improving efficiency. This will help reduce carbon emissions and vehicle costs. For more information, please see here.

Glasgow City Council wins transport award for cycling
The Council has been awarded for its achievements in cycling at this year's Scottish Transport Awards. Glasgow was shortlisted in four categories, winning Achievements in Cycling for its Strategic Plan for Cycling 2016 - 2025. For more information, please see here.

Aberdeen City Food for Life success
Aberdeen City Council recently renewed their silver Food for Life Served Here (formerly Catering Mark) award for their primary school meals. They also extended the award to cover their 12 secondary schools, making them the first council in Scotland to hold silver for both primary and secondary school meals. For more information please contact sduley@soilassociation.org.

Partner updates

Community Choices Fund announced for 2017/18
The Scottish Government has announced the £1.5 million fund will be open for applications until 21st July 2017. First launched in 2016/17, the Community Choices Fund has supported participatory budgeting in Scotland. For 2017/18, £1.5 million of the Community Choices Fund is available in two categories of £750,000 each: category one for Public Authorities which includes Local Authorities and other Public Bodies and category two for Community Organisations and Community Councils.

Proposals to reduce emissions by 90% by 2050 announced 
Scotland’s status as an international climate change leader will be reinforced through new proposals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 90% by 2050, Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has said. A public consultation will shortly begin on a proposed Climate Change Bill to raise further the ambition of Scotland’s already world-leading emissions reduction targets. She also set out measures the Scottish Government will take to support these climate change ambitions.

Latest Scottish Greenhouse Gas Emissions statistics published 
This publication provides estimates of greenhouse gas emissions in Scotland for the years 1990 to 2015. Except where stated, the emissions figures shown in this release include an estimate of emissions from international aviation and shipping. The release also provides information on the performance against emissions reduction targets, taking account of trading in carbon units. These targets are prescribed in the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.

Travelknowhow: free travel planning solutions
Travelknowhow  is an online resource which offers organisations across Scotland easy access to a wide variety of travel planning solutions to develop and implement workplace Travel Plans and to engage with employees in order to start changing travel behaviour within organisations. As a member of Travelknowhow you gain free online access to a wealth of advice, guidance and downloadable resources to aid with the implementation of travel planning measures.


Other key news

Additional electric vehicle funding announced as the second phase of 'Switched on Scotland' is launched

Climate Challenge Fund now open

New look Scotland's environment website launched

Carbon Trust launches new collaborative initiative, the Energy Systems Innovation Platform

21 June 2017


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