Scotland

Scotland must maintain high ambition to meet climate targets

Responding to the publication today of a new report by the UK Committee on Climate Change (UK CCC) [1] Jim Densham from Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) said:
 
“We welcome the UK Climate Change Committee’s clear advice that Scotland must reduce its carbon emissions by 61 per cent by 2030.  However, the Committee’s report spells out that if we are to hit these new targets we will need to see strong action and new policies from the Scottish Government.
 

Scottish Government must reduce carbon emissions from air travel

Responding to the launch today of a consultation on plans to halve air passenger duty (APD) on flights from Scottish airports [1], Mike Robinson, a Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) board member who sits on the Scottish Government APD stakeholder forum, said: 
 
"This is about fairness. This is one of the highest polluting yet least taxed global industries.  This cut will further incentivise people to use the least sustainable transport option.
 

Divestment - does it work?

Universities, religious institutions, pension funds and many other organisations invest large amounts of money in stocks as a way of generating income. There have been calls for these organisations to remove the capital they have invested in fossil fuel companies to make a stand against the carbon emissions that they are responsible for.
 
Is divestment a powerful tool to direct the funding of oil companies towards more sustainable means or is it a meaningless gesture?
 

Global Challenges, Local Solutions Conference

UN House Scotland presents an opportunity to explore the impact of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference which ushered in the first ever universal climate agreement.
 
In the wake of this significant event, what dyanmics are most pertinent and is the world’s future brighter? Join us on Earth Day 2016 (March 19th) to discuss these issues and more from a national and international perspective.
 
The afternoon will consist of a two panels discussing International issues and the Scottish response. 
 
Panelists are:

Hand-Built Wind Turbine Course

With V3 Power Co-op
21st and 22nd May 2016
 
On the course we collectively build a 1.8m diameter Hugh Piggott wind turbine. All the participants spend time working on each of the three main parts of the build (wood, metal, and electronics) rotating through the different bases on the first day. On the second day we then come together as a group to assemble the machine.
 

Can we address Fuel Poverty and respond to Climate Change?

A Church of Scotland Perspective
 
Are the UK and Scottish Governments’ actions to address fuel poverty and implement climate change targets compatible? The Church of Scotland will be reporting on this issue at the General Assembly in May.
 
Join experts in fuel poverty and the energy industry to explore the various issues around community energy, fuel poverty and the practicalities of implementing the science of energy efficiency.
 

Home Energy Fair

Various stands will be present to provide information on a wide range of topics that benefit householders, communities and businesses. Stands and demonstration systems will include: energy saving; solar
wind; small scale hydro; heatpumps; wood fuel; sustainable transport; waste; water & more. 
      
Bring your domestic energy questions along to one of the Ask an Advisor sessions.  This is a good opportunity to get one-to-one, impartial advice from an experienced energy advisor. 
 

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