SSN newsletter 24.05.17


SSN news

SSN is currently advertising for the post of Sustainability and Climate Change Officer. The role involves supporting public sector climate change reporting; analysing climate change reports and data, promoting awareness of climate change policy and sharing good practice on public sector climate change action.

The next in the series of knowledge exchange documents will be published on the Knowledge Hub next week. These documents will focus on the transport section of the draft Climate Change Plan, with particular emphasis on active travel. For information on how to join the Knowledge Hub, please contact Kathryn Duncan.

For organisations that requested individual feedback on their climate change reports, this will be sent out on Friday 26th June. The feedback covers each section of the report and provides pointers and advice for improving the reported data in advance of the next set of climate change reports.
The SSN team has just completed a two-day training course on ISO 14064-2 (Project-level GHG Reporting), which will inform our continuous improvement of the Public Bodies Climate Change Reporting process. 


Member updates

Hydrogen technicians to be trained in Aberdeen through City Council and NESCOL partnership
An accredited course for fuel cell and hydrogen technicians in Aberdeen is being developed as part of the city’s position as a hydrogen technologies hub. Aberdeen City Council is working with North East of Scotland College (NESCOL) and EU partners to build on the city’s reputation as part of the Energy Capital of Europe with the new course. The city has invested in infrastructure and transport and it now has two hydrogen refuelling stations, along with a fleet of 10 buses and 18 cars and vans, with further expansion of the fleet planned.

Clydebank District Heating scheme secures £6m Scottish Government funding
West Dunbartonshire Council has secured £6million of funding from the Scottish Government for an ambitious, high-tech heating scheme in Clydebank. The District Heating Network will cost £12m in total, with the Council meeting 50% of the bill and the remaining £6m having been approved today (Wednesday, May 10) by the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transformation Programme (LCITP), which is supported by the European Regional Development Fund.

Stirling Council shortlisted as a finalist in Sustrans’ Community Links PLUS competition
Stirling Council is pleased to announce that they have been shortlisted as a finalist in Sustrans’ Community Links PLUS competition to secure funding for active travel options in the area. Community Links PLUS is looking for bold and innovative proposals that will deliver high-quality cycling and walking infrastructure across the country to allow more people to choose active travel options, e.g. walking, running and cycling.

Researchers working on pollinators project to boost sustainability
SRUC researchers are working with the Lothians Monitor Farm on a three year research project which aims to increase the number of pollinators on farm. The team believe that the changes could result in increases to crop yield. Improving environmental sustainability is a key element of the Monitor Farm Scotland programme run jointly by Quality Meat Scotland and AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds.


Partner updates

Progress on Edinburgh Adapts as students present Community Food Hubs report to MSPs at Scottish Parliament
MSc students from the University of Edinburgh's Participation in Policy & Planning course have presented the results of a scoping study on community food hubs in North Edinburgh to MSPs and local stakeholders at an event at the Scottish Parliament. The research was undertaken as part of a joint task set by Adaptation Scotland, Nourish Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council, and achieves one of the actions set out in the Edinburgh Adapts Action Plan. For more information please see here.

Transport minister launches walk day Wednesday challenge
Transport Minister Humza Yousaf today announced a new active travel campaign which encourages people to walk for short journeys at least one day a week. The campaign focuses on long-term behaviour change and is calling on people to walk to work or school by leaving the car so they reap the health and environmental benefits. For more information please see here.


Other key news

£43 million awarded to 13 projects throughout Scotland by the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme 

The Sustrans Scotland Community Links programme is to award 44 organisations grants totalling £15 million to improve walking and cycling infrastructure across the country.

EU-level initiative called EDI-Net is seeking participation from local authorities using short time series metered energy and water data to help improve sustainable energy and water management.

Creative Carbon Scotland are hosting two free events on 'Creating a Green Team' in Edinburgh and Inverness

Creative Carbon Scotland are advertising for the post of Digital Communications Officer.

Applications are currently being sought from universities and colleges for the Green Gown Awards 2017.

Carbon Trust Scotland Public Sector Conference will be held in Glasgow on the 8th June


24 May 2017


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