SSN newsletter 07.02.18
Knowledge exchange: SSN member news
Street lighting overhaul in Renfrewshire set to deliver £1.3million savings
An £11 million investment in street lighting in Renfrewshire is set to deliver an annual saving of £1.3 million in reduced energy, carbon consumption and maintenance costs. More than 30,000 street lights have been converted from sodium lanterns to more energy efficient LED lanterns, which have a longer lifespan of up to 20 years and lower carbon output.
Plans for new £1.4million low carbon refuelling hub progress in Aberdeen
The proposed facility is designed to provide hydrogen refuelling and charging points for electric vehicles as part of a city wide drive to embrace sustainable transport. The Council intends to apply for a grant of £1,014,772 from the Transport Scotland Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund. The remaining £434,904 capital cost of the project will be met from the existing AECC contingency budget.
Edinburgh College employee makes green fleet industry influential list
Edinburgh College electric vehicle administrator Bob Murphy has been named as one of the 100 most influential people in the green fleet industry for the second year running. Since its launch in 2012, the electric fleet has saved the equivalent of 50 tonnes of CO2 emission as well as more than £100,000 in fuel costs. In total, the fleet has travelled 250,000 miles, with 45,200 trips and 9,300 bookings by the 600 staff members registered to use the vehicles.
Switched on to Savings in Inverclyde
Inverclyde Council has agreed a £715,000 project to replace its remaining 3,000 street lights with LED lanterns, cutting its electricity bill by more than half. The Environment & Regeneration Committee was told this will amount to an annual saving of £75,000 a year including reduced maintenance costs.
SSN and partner updates
Analysis report published and reports available to view online
We are pleased to publish the 2016/17 Analysis Report. The report provides information on emissions, projects and renewables and contains snapshot profiles of projects from public bodies. The report highlights the efforts of 180 public bodies across Scotland in reducing carbon emissions from the public sector last year. All reports from 2016/17 are now available on the SSN website, along with submitted reports from the previous two years.
Scottish Government opens £1.6m bus retrofit fund
The Scottish Government has launched an initial £1.6 million round of funding to support bus operators in reducing emissions in their vehicle fleets. Up to £25,000 per bus is available through the Bus Emissions Abatement Retrofit Programme (BEAR) which is being delivered by the Energy Saving Trust.
Edinburgh Sustainable Innovation Conference
Join the Buchanan Institute at the ‘Edinburgh Sustainable Innovation Conference’ (ESIC) on March 23rd for a solution-oriented day exploring how to achieve a carbon-free Scotland. You will hear from leading figures from the transport and energy sectors including Paul Jordan (Energy Systems Catapult), Gavin Templeton (Green Investment Bank), Jeremy Oppenheim (SystemIQ) and Claire Mack (Scottish Renewables). The day will be an excellent networking opportunity centred around engaging workshops The Buchanan Institute is a student-led think tank with the ambition to accelerate climate action. Early bird tickets are now available here!
Other key news
Final UK greenhouse gas emissions national statistics: 1990-2016
Holyrood Committee sets out findings on Scotland’s environment budget
Open online course exploring CCS technology in the context of climate change, global energy and economics, use of fossil fuels and global climate policy.
Scots renewable energy industry turnover £5.5 billion, new UK Government stats show
07 February 2018