News – August 2011
Head of Scotland’s environmental watchdog heads for foreign shores
Following the announcement that Campbell Gemmell is to leave SEPA to take up the post of chief executive of the Environment Protection Authority South Australia, Richard Lochhead, environment secretary, has paid tribute to Dr Gemmell’s leadership of SEPA:
“In the last four years he has transformed Sepa into a leaner and more effective organisation while at the same time taking on new responsibilities such as the flood warning service.”
David Sigsworth, SEPA chairman, praised Dr Gemmell as a visionary and dynamic chief executive.
Council recycle rates increase
The amount of waste being recycled by local authorities has increased in the last year, new statistics have revealed. A total of 38.2 per cent of municipal waste was recycled or composted in 2010-11, compared to 36.7 per cent in 2009-10.
Financial dangers of renewable energy technology failing
A LAWYER has issued a stark warning about the dangers of renewable energy technology failing to deliver on its full potential.
Electric vehicle project powers ahead
A unique project combining education, skills and electric cars will test whether or not the vehicles can change the way we drive in Scotland. The initiative, led by Jewel & Esk College with financial support from transport partnership SEStran, was launched today (Friday) at the college’s campus in Dalkeith, Midlothian.
Plea to Government to help energy from waste companies
More should be done to allow businesses specialising in creating energy from waste to contribute to meeting Scotland’s low carbon targets. A leading European legal expert on the sector is to tell industry leaders and, particularly, politicians attending the Scottish Low Carbon Investment Conference in Edinburgh next month that not enough is being done to stimulate investment in innovative energy from waste infrastructure capable of producing heat, electricity and transport and other fuels.
SSE invites local businesses to ‘meet the buyer’
SSE (Scottish and Southern Energy) hosted its first ever ‘Meet the buyer’ open evening on Thursday, 23 June 2011 at its Dunkeld Road Headquarters, giving local businesses and sole-traders a unique opportunity to pitch their products and services directly to the energy giant’s dedicated team of buyers. Local community groups and charities were also invited to suggest ways in which SSE could help them through its ‘Community at Heart’ initiative.
Farm renewables strategy unveiled at Black Isle Show
Farmers and landowners have been encouraged by the Scottish government to capitalise on Scotland's “renewables revolution”.