SSN newsletter 22.11.17
Deadline for Climate Change Reporting - one week to go
The deadline for Public Bodies Climate Change Duties Reporting is next Thursday, 30 November. For any last minute support please contact the SSN team at email@example.com. Please note late submissions will not be accepted. Once all the reports are in, SSN will begin our work to analyse the report content. Watch this space for insights and detailed analysis on how the public sector is responding to the challenge of climate change and embedding climate change activities into their operations.
Knowledge exchange: SSN member news
SSN seeking good practice examples
The SSN team will be featuring good practice projects and stories along with member organisation sustainability champions in future newsletters. Please email us with your suggestions of great projects or colleagues who have made a difference in pushing forward the sustainability agenda within your organisation.
East Renfrewshire Council energy efficiency improvements
East Renfrewshire Council used the interest-free matched Salix Recycling Fund to improve the energy efficiency of 8 local schools by installing LED lighting and heating system upgrades. This has achieved estimated savings of £48,198 and 200 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually. Find out more here.
Aberdeenshire Sustainable Business Week
Resource Efficient Scotland has teamed upwith Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce and Aberdeen Inspired to run a week of networking and training events including breakfast briefings, Green Champion training and an advice clinic.
Borderers encouraged to ditch the car
Scottish Borders Council are supporting a campaign to increase awareness of the benefits of bus travel. From 6 to 26 November, Borders Buses shall promote the many advantages of public transport with the aim of encouraging more people to ditch the car and jump on the bus. Find out more about the Travel on a Fiver campaign.
Aberdeen hydrogen supply chain develops
NORCO Group, a local business and independent specialist in stored electrical energy, has taken over the operation of Aberdeen City Hydrogen Energy Storage. The development of infrastructure and vehicle deployments are guided by the Aberdeen Region Hydrogen Strategy and Action Plan 2015-2025 which aims to develop a hydrogen economy in the region. Find out more here.
Enhancing active travel at Inverness Railway Station
HITRANS and The Highland Council have appointed civil and structural engineers, Civic Engineers, to carry out initial consulation and design work on the promotion of active travel by increasing journeys by foot and bike to and from Inverness Railway Station. HITRANS and the Council have already secured funding from the Community Links Programme, which is administered by Sustrans on behalf of Transport Scotland. More than 1.3 million visitors and locals using the railway station each year.
Local authority engagement in UK energy systems
This newly published research was featured at the SSN Conference. Led by Prof. Jan Webb at the University of Edinbugh, this research maps energy initiatives across all UK Local Authorities for the first time, revealing considerable regional and national variation in activity. The research also examines a sample of energy projects in depth from 40 local authorities and compares local authority engagement in Britain and Europe.Local authority energy initiatives were found to be innovative and enterprising, with multiple objectives from income generation and carbon saving, to reducing fuel poverty. Developments are however hampered by austerity in public finances, lack of local powers over energy and policy uncertainty.
Resource Spotlight - ISM Framework
The ISM - Individual, Social and Material - tool is intended to be a practical device for policy makers and other practitioners who want to influence people's behaviours and bring about social change.
The tool supports users to think holistically about all the factors that influence a person's behaviour. The tool groups these factors into three contexts: individual, social and material. The tool has been developed in the context of environmental sustainability and influencing people's behaviours so as to reduce CO2 emissions and other impacts. However, it is also applicable to a range of other policy areas, including health and transport.
SSN and partner updates
LHEES and district heating consultation open
The Scottish Government's Second Consultation on Local Heat & Energy Efficiency Strategies, and Regulation of District and Communal Heating opened on 14 January. Based on the evidence and views gathered from stakeholders during the first high-level consultation in January 2017, this consultation document sets out our more specific policy proposals for Local Heat & Energy Efficiency Strategies and regulation of district and communal heating. The consultation closes on 20 February 2018.
Fuel poverty consultation open
The Scottish Government's Fuel Poverty Stratey Consultation opened on 9 November. The Fuel Poverty Strategy will feed into the development of a new Warm Homes Bill which will be introduced in 2018. The consultation closes on 1 February 2018.
KSB roadside litter campaign materials available
Did you know that 50 tonnes of litter is collected from Scottish motorways every month? KSB's roadside litter campaign is spreading the message that road users should give their litter a lift and take it home with them. The campaign recently secured support from Scottish Canals and McDonald’s, allowing KSB to carry out physical monitoring & attitudinal surveys across the country. The public sector can raise awareness of the issue by accessing a wide range of free, downloadable campaign material on KSB's website, including social media graphics, posters and car window stickers & air fresheners. If you’d like to know more information about the campaign, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org. You can engage with the campaign on Twitter via @KSBScotland #RoadsideLitter #TakeItHome
Other key news
FM Nicola Sturgeon and Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham both attended COP23 in Bonn, 6-17 November.
Overview of current energy efficiency Salix funding in Scotland for the public sector.
'Do the Scottish people care enough about climate change to do their bit?' Event on 14 December hosted by the International Public Policy Institute, University of Strathclyde.
28 November 2017