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SSN newsletter 12.10.17

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147 delegates from 61 organisations attended the SSN Conference 2017. Further details, including speaker and parallel session slides, will be made available by the end of the month.

The 30 November deadline for Public Bodies Climate Change Duties Reporting is just 7 weeks away.  There are 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.

To help enable widespread involvement in Climate Week, organisations across Scotland were asked to bring colleagues together to watch and virtually participate in two events being live-streamed as part of the week.  The video recording of these two events can be view on the Climate Week webpage

 

Resource Spotlight - Area-wide Emissions Toolkit

The resources in the toolkit are from a series of workshops covering the main carbon assessment methodologies and datasets.

Briefing Note 1 provides information on useful greenhouse gas terminology and the drivers behind estimating greenhouse gas emissions.  It also summarises the main targets from International, UK and Scottish legislation and explains the different approaches and methods used in accounting for greenhouse gases.

Briefing Note 2 provides an introduction to national inventories, understanding the Scottish inventory and outlines Scotland's targets for reducing greenhouse gases.  As well as describing Scotland's carbon footprint, it identifies the need for improved local authority area-wide inventories and the type of approaches that could be used to gather this data.

Briefing Note 3 provides a closer look at data requirements and generating local data sets.  It begins to help public sector organisations to start tracking climate change actions and monitoring progress.  This Note also introduces the concept of assessing climate change actions in line with the co-benefits and the other added benefits that sustainability can bring.

The toolkit also contains videos from the carbon assessment workshop held in Glasgow in March 2014. It covers the material within the Briefing Notes and also covers some questions that members had on the day

 

Member updates

Transformation of Stirling council's waste service wins national award
Stirling Council has won a prestigious national award as team of the year for the innovative project which transformed the region’s waste collection. The council’s waste service picked up the SOLACE Best Team prize at the COSLA Excellence Awards, for the implementation of the waste collection Alternative Delivery Model (ADM). In Autumn 2016, an ADM for Stirling’s Waste Collection Service was introduced across the Stirling area, which included the implementation of a flexible container system, procurement of nine new high specification vehicles, and the introduction of new working patterns and practices, allowing the council to achieve service improvements at a reduced cost.

Electric vehicle strategy for Scotland's Highlands and Islands
Urban Foresight has kicked off a new project to support the roll out of electric vehicles (EV) and supporting charging infrastructure in the highlands and islands of Scotland. “The final deliverable will be an EV strategy and action plan for the HITRANS area that is tailored to the needs of individual local authority areas” said Andrew Willis. “We will also offer clear recommendations and prioritised actions to support the roll out of EVs.”

National recognition for Highland Council’s energy project
The Highland Council has received a second place award at the National Energy Efficiency & Healthy Homes Awards under the category of Fuel Poverty & Vulnerable Customer Support Campaigner of the Year. The Council have achieved substantial improvements to over 1200 properties across the Highlands by upgrading and replacing the insulation of the houses. The scheme works are undertaken by the Council partner E-On.

 

Partner updates

Scottish Government says no to fracking
The Scottish Government has announced that it will not support the development of Unconventional Oil and Gas in Scotland, meaning there is an effective ban on fracking in Scotland. Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse told MSPs the decision followed an extensive period of evidence gathering, public engagement, and dialogue on the issue. 

First Low Emission Zone for Glasgow
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced while speaking in Glasgow that the city will be the first to put in place a Low Emission Zone (LEZ). Glasgow City Council is partnering with the Scottish Government to prepare the LEZ design and proposals that will improve air quality in Glasgow. Eliminating air pollution hotspots will result in improved health, and will ensure Glasgow continues to be one of the most attractive places to live, work and visit.Five Scottish projects successful in active travel design competition
The Minister for Transport and the Islands, Humza Yousaf MSP, announced that the five ambitious active travel proposals from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling and Inverness have all been successful in the final judging of the Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links PLUS (CLPLUS) competition. 

£1.3m to support locally-produced food in public sector
Plans to increase the use of Scottish produce in schools, hospitals and other public sector organisations have been unveiled today by Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing. £1.2 million has been confirmed to expand the current Food for Life programme, to increase the amount of locally-sourced and produced food in Scotland’s schools. A further £100,000 will deliver a new  Supplier Development Programme, to help small and medium sized food and drink businesses compete for public sector food contracts.

EAUC-Scotland - upcoming events
EAUC-Scotland have a number of upcoming workshops and webinars:

 

Other key news

World firsts dominate Scottish Green Energy Awards shortlist.

The new Scotland’s environment website is now live. More information about the updates and changes can be found here

Cycling Scotland Conference on 30th and 31st October

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