SCCAN seeks to promote the agenda of Scottish community groups taking action on the climate to the Scottish Government and in the formation of new policy. Here you can find some information about what we do in this regard, and how you can get involved!
At the moment these consultations are open:
Scottish Energy Strategy (closes 30 May)
Alongside this these more specific consultations are open:
Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (closes 30 May)
Draft Onshore Wind Policy Statement (closes 30 May)
Unconventional Oil and Gas (closes 31 May)
The Scottish Government has designated energy efficiency as a National Infrastructure Priority, the cornerstone of which will be Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) – a 15 to 20 year programme. The Programme for Government commits to investing more than half a billion pounds to SEEP over the next four years setting out a clear commitment to develop this programme with substantial annual funding.
What’s the opportunity for communities?
- Respond to the SEEP consultation and Energy Strategy consultation to shape how this works in 2018 onwards by 30 May 2017
- Get involved with your Local Authority (list of SEEP contacts) with your ideas for community buildings, and for talking to householders about insulation and heating – expressions of interest have to be in to Scottish Government by 31 March 2017. More below!
How do we respond to these consultations?
As an individual, or as a community group – you can find the documents on the Scottish Government’s website:
- Draft Energy Strategy particularly chapter 5 “Local Smart Energy Systems”
- Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme consultation if you’ve an interest in energy efficiency, and the
- draft Onshore Wind Policy Statement if you’ve an interest in community renewables.
- If regulation is of interest: Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies, and Regulation of District Heating.
Where can I find out more about SEEP pilots?
The first round of SEEP pilot projects was announced in September 2016 here: http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Action-on-fuel-poverty-2c06.aspx
The following links have information on the next phase of SEEP pilots.
expressions of interest to Scottish Government by 31 March 2017
The Scottish Government published a draft climate change plan in January 2017, setting out the steps to further cut greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change. The plan has ambitious goals, but it doesn’t set out the steps for how we’ll actually meet those goals. To protect Scotland’s future and that of people around the world, we need to do more to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions from the way we travel, produce our food and heat our homes.
The Plan is open for parliamentary scrutiny by four different committees until March 20th 2017. We encourage all our members to lobby their MSPs on the respective committees and make sure they see the importance of community action on climate change.
Stop Climate Chaos Scotland have very helpfully put together a list of which MSPs are on the committees.
Below are some resources that can be helpful:
SCA paper – Climate Change Plan In November 2016, Scottish Communities Climate Action Network (SCCAN), convened a meeting on behalf of Scottish Community Alliance to discuss the unique contribution of the community sector in tackling climate change; the barriers which hold the sector back; and the opportunities available for our sector to contribute to the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Plan. This paper is the output from that meeting and is intended to inform and support the Scottish Government in the development of the Climate Change Plan.
Letter to MSPs v2 DS A Scottish Community Alliance letter to MSPs reiterating the importance of communities in realising a low-carbon future.
TBI submission-Scottish Draft Climate Change Plan-2 Transition Black Isle’s submission. They are happy for their points to be copied to other submissions.
Planning System Review
On the 10th of January the Scottish Government published ‘Places, People and Planning: a consultation on the future of the Scottish Planning System’.
The consultation will run to April 4th and we would encourage anyone with an interest to read it and consider responding.