SSN newsletter 25.10.17

SSN news

All of the presentation slides from the SSN Conference 2017 plenary speakers and from the parallel sessions are available to view and download on the website now. The SSN team have been analysing the conference feedback:
  • 90% of delegates rated the conference as either excellent or good
  • 92% stated that they came away from the conference with an increased understanding of an area, issue or approach
  • 75% of delegates made at least one new contact at the conference and 86% of those are planning some form of collaboration with their new contacts after the conference
  • 98% of delegates said that they would attend a future SSN Conference.
The next in the series of knowledge exchange documents are now available for SSN members on the Knowledge Hub. These documents focus on the industry section of the draft Climate Change Plan. For information on how to join the Knowledge Hub, please contact Kathryn Duncan.

The 30 November deadline for Public Bodies Climate Change Duties Reporting is fast approaching.  There is a range of resources and tools available on the SSN webpages to support you with the reporting process.  If you require any additional assistance please contact the SSN team at ssn@keepscotlandbeautiful.org and we will be happy to help. 


Resource Spotlight - Carbon Footprint and Project Register Tool

Carbon footprinting, creating and maintaining a project register, forecasting emissions and target setting are all key aspects of a strong carbon management approach.

To assist in this area of strategy and planning, the Carbon Footprint and Project Register Tool (CFPR) has been developed by the Sustainable Scotland Network, Resource Efficient Scotland (a programme delivered by Zero Waste Scotland) and partners, to help organisations:

  • calculate their annual carbon footprint
  • collate and manage their carbon project list and forecast savings
  • document estate changes and other impacts on their footprint to create a Business as Usual forecast
  • track progress towards targets and provide management information to other parts of the organisation
  • produce accurate and auditable outputs to easily complete annual Public Bodies Climate Change Duties reporting

The tool is managed by SSN who also provide support with using the tool. It will be updated yearly to reflect changes in the official Government emission factors.

Additionally, a webpage of resources on using the CFPR tool has recently been developed. This can be found here and includes;

  1. Four tutorial videos containing step by step guides on populating the tool
  2. full guidance document on navigating and using the tool, with step by step guides, trouble shooting tips and worked examples
  3. Slides and hand-outs from a recent training session on carbon management planning centered around the tool.
  4. Carbon management plan resources from Zero Waste Scotland including guidance on reporting, setting targets, organisational boundaries and governance.

For a copy of the CFPR tool, or if you require technical support or have any questions about how to complete the tool or report please contact SSN.


Member updates

Perth & Kinross Council receives funding from 'Waste Less, Save More'
Perth & Kinross Council's Waste Services have been awarded £46,739 of funding from Sainsbury's Waste Less, Save More Funding Project to encourage food waste reduction in Kinross-shire and Blairgowrie.The Waste Less, Save More funding will enable workshops and activities to be delivered in partnership with NHS Tayside, Housing & Community Safety, local community groups and schools to reduce the amount of food waste, have a healthy diet and save money.  

Work begins on flood studies in at-risk Aberdeenshire communities
Progress is being made towards greater flood protection for Ellon, Insch, Inverurie and Port Elphinstone, with the appointment of a consultant to undertake flood studies in the communities. Under the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 there is a strategic framework for considering appropriate ways to manage flood risk. For more information, please see here.

Aberdeen City Council: pedestrian priority project under consideration
Aberdeen City Council is to explore proposals for enhancing evening activity on Justice Mill Lane, Langstane Place and Windmill Brae as part of the City Centre Masterplan. The proposal is to make the three streets pedestrian and cycle only in the evenings, through the night and into the early morning, seven days a week.

Third year of electric vehicle event at Edinburgh Napier 
The University’s Transport Research Institute hosted its annual electric vehicle event at Craiglockhart campus  on the 11th  October. The event brought together key stakeholders and organisations involved with the development of greener modes of transport in Scotland. For more information, please see here.

Historic Environment Scotland: Paid Climate Change Internship
HES are currently advertising for a Climate Change Intern to join the Climate Change Team and work on a range of topics from assessment of climate change impacts on Scotland’s traditional buildings and historic environment, through to carbon management and broader sustainability issues. HES employess David Harkin has written a blog about his experience undertaking the same internernship last year.


Partner updates

Scottish Government SSN survey update
Thank you to those who took part in the Scottish Government survey of SSN members and stakeholders.  The survey report will help inform the next phase of SSN’s work and is now live on the Scottish Government website

CCF Gathering 2017
The annual Climate Challenge Fund Gathering showcases and celebrates the significant efforts of Scotland’s communities in contributing towards Scotland’s efforts to build a lower carbon future. The 2017 Climate Challenge Fund Gathering will take place at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh on Thursday 2 November. Book Online Now. Over the nine years that the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) has been operating we have been pleased to offer opportunities such as themed networks and the annual Gathering for the CCF Community to link-up, share best practice and celebrate together.

Other key news

The Clean Growth Strategy has been published, setting out proposals for decarbonising all sectors of the UK economy through the 2020s

Battery storage project a ‘blueprint’ for EV charging infrastructure globally

Boost for island wind projects as UK government announces new funding for renewable generation

More than a million Scots at risk of Transport Poverty

New report highlights 27million tonnes of ‘bio’ material that could add value to Scotland’s economy

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