News – March 2011

Scottish Business in the Community Chief Executive wins prestigious Director Award

Jane Wood, Chief Executive of Scottish Business in the Community and 2020 group member, has won a prestigious award from the  Institute of Directors.

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Green measures: Carbon price goes up to fund renewables

Two long-awaited steps towards Britain becoming a low-carbon economy were announced by Mr Osborne: the creation of a Green Investment Bank (GIB) and the establishment of a "floor price" for carbon.

Industry sets out case for new heat and renewable energy target

Analysis published today by Scottish Renewables has shown that Scotland will not only surpass its existing 20 per cent renewable energy target by 2020, but can and should aim for a new target of 30 per cent – double the UK’s legally binding target for 2020 under European law.

Zero Waste Scotland Carbon Metric Launched

Zero Waste Scotland have been taking forward work on the Carbon Metric, this is to let you know that the information is now available on the Scottish Government and Zero Waste Scotland Website. This represents a big step for Zero Waste Policy in Scotland as our domestic targets shift from being weight based to carbon based.  To assist stakeholders with understanding what this means the Scottish Government published a guidance document explaining how the approach works, as well as an excell based tool to enable stakeholders to do their own calculations and technical information underpinning approach which is available on Zero Waste Scotland website.

Engineering firms to create 820 new Scottish jobs

Up to 820 new jobs could be created in Scotland after two engineering firms announced significant expansion plans for their Scottish renewables businesses.

Progress report on low and ultra low carbon vehicles

Transport Scotland progress report on provides an update on the evolving policy context, specific actions taken and planned actions to support the significant progress by 2030 towards the wholesale uptake of low carbon vehicles.

Impacts of Options for Regulating Energy Efficiency Standards in the Domestic Sector

This document presents analyses of the impacts of four different options for regulation. Impacts across the currently existing housing stock and for individual households are considered.

Professor Stephen Salter awarded Saltire Prize Medal

Professor Stephen Salter MBE, a world-leading pioneer of wave power technologies, was tonight awarded the inaugural Saltire Prize Medal in recognition of his key role in the development of marine energy.

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Wasted food equals 3% of greenhouse emissions in UK, says new survey

A new report by environmental organization WWF which highlights the environmental impact of wasted food in the UK, found that food waste accounts for three percent of the country's greenhouse gas emissions; however according to video tutorial sites and environmental organizations there are a number of simple ways to reduce food wastage.

Climate Challenge projects share £8m

130 projects have been announced as the latest community initiatives to receive awards totalling over £8 million from the Climate Challenge Fund (CCF).

Proposals for £60m waste treatment plant go on display

Buchan scheme could dramatically reduce amount of rubbish sent to landfill.

Major tidal energy scheme set for waters off Islay

A major tidal energy project is to be built in the Sound of Islay off the west coast of Scotland. The Scottish government has approved plans for 10 tidal turbines, which will generate enough electricity to power more than 5,000 homes.

Carbon emissions are driven down as cars become more efficient

The amount of carbon dioxide produced by new cars fell by around a fifth last year compared with a decade ago, industry figures out today showed. Average emissions in 2010 were 141.2g per kilometre – the standard measure – compared with 181g/km in 2000.

Environmental Audit Committee – Second Report – The Green Investment Bank

A report from the Environmental Audit Committeet together with the Proceedings of the Committee.

Report suggests Moray Firth rocks ‘could store carbon’

Scientists believe rocks deep beneath the Moray Firth could be used to store carbon dioxide produced by Scottish coal and gas fired power stations.

Joint venture established to secure future of Machrihanish wind turbine towers producer

A Joint Venture between SSE (Scottish and Southern Energy plc) and Marsh Wind Technology Ltd, the UK subsidiary of Marsh Global Holdings Ltd, has been established to secure the future of Skykon wind turbine tower manufacturing and assembly plant at Machrihanish, Campbeltown, which is currently trading in administration.

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Scottish Government Announce Establishment of 'Green Academies'

The Scottish Government announced on 6 March that 'Green Academies' will be established over the course of the next year to train people to install green technologies in domestic properties.

Anaerobic digestion on farms could turn agriculture green

A typical dairy farm could supply most of the electricity it needs to milk the cows, by converting their manure into energy, says the Living with Environmental Change-accredited Rural Economy and Land Use programme. And it would help the government to hit green energy targets and cut greenhouse gas emissions. 

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