News – May 2011

Audit Scotland performance audit about climate change

The audit aims to assess progress in reducing Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions and to provide assurance about the Scottish Government’s plans, systems and management of the costs and benefits associated with the reduction of emissions. The project brief outlines the audit’s aim, objectives, methodology and timetable. The report is expected to be published in autumn 2011.

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Biofuels 'viable' for Australia, NZ aviation: report

Producing commercially viable quantities of aviation biofuels is a viable option for Australia and New Zealand and could cut greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent, a new report said Wednesday.

Wind Towers Ltd secures future of Machrihanish manufacturing and assembly plant

Wind Towers Ltd, the joint venture between SSE (Scottish and Southern Energy plc) and Marsh Wind Technology Ltd, the UK subsidiary of Marsh Global Holdings Ltd, has completed the purchase of the Skykon wind turbine tower manufacturing and assembly plant at Machrihanish, Campbeltown, from its Administrators.

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Think tank OECD supports Scottish Government’s drive towards green energy

One of the world’s most influential economic think tanks has backed Scottish Government plans to make Scotland into a renewable energy powerhouse.

OECD Green Growth Strategy launched

Towards Green Growth, Towards Green Growth – Monitoring Progress: OECD Indicators and Tools for Delivering on Green Growth were launched on 25 May at a public session of the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting.

New sustainability network partnership enables UK’s largest retailer to reduce carbon footprint

2degrees, the world’s largest online community of sustainability professionals, has been chosen by Tesco to help the retailer achieve the ambitious target of reducing its supply chain carbon footprint by 30 per cent by 2020.

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International Day for Biodiversity and International Year of Forests

Today is the International Day for Biodiversity. This year’s observance falls during the 2011 International Year of Forests, declared by the United Nations General Assembly to educate the global community about the value of forests and the extreme social, economic and environmental costs of losing them.

Scottish Renewables sets out industry's priorities for the new Scottish Government

In a paper published today at All-Energy conference and exhibition in Aberdeen, Scottish Renewables outlines the necessary actions government has to take if we are to meet the proposed target of 100 per cent electricity demand from renewables.

Scottish Conference: Maximising Public Sector Assets for Low Carbon Energy

COSLA, the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI), the Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development Group (SLAED) and Aberdeen City Council have announced they are to jointly host a conference to explore the use of public sector assets in delivering commercial renewable energy projects. EMPOWERING SCOTLAND: Maximising the Potential of Public Assets for Low Carbon Energy will be held at the Douglas Hotel in Aberdeen on 21 June 2011.

'Greener fleet' conference

How does Scotland raise its game and move towards cleaner, greener transport? A conference at the end of May – which follows a 2020 group event for fleet managers in March – aims to offer some answers.

The Scottish Government has said all public sector vehicles will be running on alternative fuels by 2020 – but fewer than five per cent of local authorities are currently doing this. Health boards, police forces and other public bodies have even poorer records.

The one-day conference in Edinburgh is designed for fleet managers in local authorities, health boards, police, fire, and all national public bodies with a large fleet of vehicles. Experts will talk about sustainable transport, how to manage the transition to low carbon vehicles (LCVs), discuss examples of best practice and the benefits and legal requirements of switching to a green fleet.

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