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SSN newsletter 08.11.17

SSN news

Our last event of 2017 is being held Wednesday 13th December in Glasgow 10 am to 2.30pm. If you didn’t make it along to the SSN Conference or were unable to attend the session on Electric Vehicles we will be running a follow-up with contributions from early adopters such as Strathclyde University, Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire Council. This will focus on more practical aspects of adopting EVs. A similar style of session in the afternoon will be on Green Champion Networks. This will be an opportunity to share knowledge and learn from others on different approaches. If neither topic is of interest but you have burning issues on another issue or would appreciate some time networking we will be running open space sessions in parallel. When registering you can suggest a topic/issue or propose a question for discussion on the day. Find out more and book here.
 
The next meeting of the SSN Steering Group will be held on Wednesday 22nd November. If you have any issues you would like to be raised at the meeting, please contact ssn@keepscotlandbeautiful.org.

We are only 3 weeks away from the 30 November deadline for Public Bodies Climate Change Duties Reporting.  Please note late submissions will not be accepted.  By this stage we expect reports will be mostly nearing completion – if you require any assistance with your report please contact the SSN team at ssn@keepscotlandbeautiful.org.

 

Resource Spotlight - Reporting Resources

Don't forget that you can access all submitted reports for the 2014/15 and 2015/16 reporting periods are available to view and download on the SSN website. You can search for a specific organisation's report or browse reports for your sector.

The SSN website also hosts a wide range of other reporting resources including 2016/17 guidance notes, FAQssection specific resources and guidance on the Online Reporting Platform.

 

Member updates

Aberdeen unveils Scotland’s first Hydrogen taxi
Scotland’s first hydrogen taxi is to start a one year trial in Aberdeen. The Hyundai ix35 hydrogen fuel cell car was granted a private hire taxi licence by Aberdeen City Council last month and has now been handed over to Aberdeen Taxis, the operator which will run the vehicle. The taxi will form part of the Aberdeen Region Hydrogen Strategy and Action Plan 2015-2025 which plans to trial a range of vehicles with different users across the region. The taxi joins a fleet of 10 buses, 14 cars (including the taxi) and four vans in the city - including some in the Co-Wheels car club.

Sustainable travel advice on hand for Inverness city centre shoppers 
Inverness city centre shoppers had the chance to learn more about the growing opportunities for travelling in ways that save them money, keep them safer and benefit the environment. HITRANS, the Regional Transport Partnership for the Highlands and Islands, worked with partners to hold a Sustainable Travel event. Passers-by were welcome to chat to specialists on a range of issues including an opportunity to find out about the benefits of joining one of the city’s two new car club operators, liftsharing, walking and cycling routes and winter safety, and local bus services.

Fife Council is the first council in Scotland to be awarded 5 ECO Stars
Fife Council has been awarded a 5 star operator rating from ECO Stars – the first council in Scotland to achieve this. Fife Council first joined the ECO Stars Fleet Recognition Scheme in 2014 and pledged to improve their vehicles and operational practices as part of a road map to more efficient and cleaner operations in Fife. At this original grading, Fife Council achieved 4 stars. Since then, a number of initiatives have been put in place to increase the environmental credentials of the organisation which have resulted in this unprecedented rise to the full 5-star rating.

Job opportunity - Dundee City Council
Dundee City Council is seeking to appoint an experienced and highly motivated professional to play a key role in developing and delivering its partnership sustainability and climate change programmes that will enable the city to respond to the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Plan and Energy Strategy. The postholder will work closely with Council departments, partner organisations and national working groups to support a range of sustainability and climate change activity including a city-wide Sustainable Energy & Climate Action Plan and behavioural change campaigns. You will be responsible for developing a new Carbon Management Plan and supporting the Climate Change Board to implement carbon reduction measures. Find out more and apply here.

 

Partner updates

Climate Change Plan update
The Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform Roseanna Cunningham has announced that the publication of Scotland’s Climate Change Plan has been set for February 2018.

The Scottish Greenhouse Gas Emissions Annual Target Report for 2015
This is the sixth report on the Scottish greenhouse gas emissions annual target required under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009. It shows that both the annual and domestic effort targets for 2015 were met. Achievement of Scotland's greenhouse gas emissions targets is measured against the level of the net Scottish emissions account (NSEA). The NSEA is defined in the Act as the aggregate amount of “net Scottish emissions” of greenhouse gases, reduced / increased by the amount of carbon units credited to / debited from it in accordance with the Carbon Accounting Scheme Regulations made under the Act.

CCF Gathering videos now available
The CCF Gathering 2017 showcased and celebrated a number of CCF initiatives and collaborations, that aim to help tackle climate change by capitalising upon the skills and experience of members of the CCF community. You can view the recorded footage from the event webcast here

European Week for Waste Reduction 2017
It’s that time of year again when organisations, businesses, schools and individuals from across Europe are encouraged to take action to reduce waste. This year the week is running from 18-26 November and, as always, the Love Food Hate Waste team is focusing on food waste and this year we have a particular theme - FREEZING! Find out more and get your free resources here!

Other key news

Global atmospheric CO2 levels hit a record high

Transform Scotland: welcome steps on active travel, but much more to be done to meet targets

Hosting public events proves to be an effective way to engage residents and visitors in sustainable and active transport.

Climate Psychology Alliance Scotland is meeting on Tuesday 14th November discussing the psychology behind engagement.

08 November 2017

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