Sustainable Food & Drink webinar on how supermarkets are tackling climate change

Sustainable Food & Drink, a free and innovative programme that helps Scottish food and drink companies increase their competitiveness through better environmental performance, ran a webinar analysing how supermarkets were tackling climate change.

The Sustainable Food & Drink team, based at Glasgow Caledonian University’s Caledonian Environment Centre, focused on the supermarkets’ key green areas: operational improvement; supply chain initiatives; and helping their clients to lower carbon footprints.

Paulo Cruz and the rest of the team looked at the supermarkets’ recycling and energy targets, using case studies and data.

For the full presentation, click here

Shanks takes business guests on AD plant tour

An interesting tour around Shanks’ Anaerobic Digestion plant in Cumbernauld and its state-of-the-art recycling facility in Blochairn today, accompanied by CeeD members. The AD plant processes food waste to produce renewable energy.

We were informed about the drivers of change in waste policy by Zero Waste Scotland’s Simon Morris, who emphasised 2025 targets of a minimum of 70% of waste to be recycled. We heard that businesses must really improve their segregation of materials to help us reach these targets.

Scotlands’ councils and companies are already working with GCU’s School of the Built and Natural Environment to try to improve their environmental activities.

GCU at Sustainable Scotland conference

Glasgow Caledonian University’s Applied Knowledge Exchange will be showcasing its expertise in environmental issues at the Sustainable Scotland Network Conference 2010. The SSN conference will take place on 4th November at Dynamic Earth and will include speakers such as John Swinney MSP and Lady Susan Rice of Lloyds Banking Group Scotland.

The Applied Knowledge Exchange will exhibit with colleagues from the Caledonian Environment Centre, CIC Start Online and Sustainable Food & Drink.

The Committee on Climate Change – the Governments’ official advisors – have called for a “step change in pace” if we are to meet the UK carbon emissions reduction targets; a message that was reinforced in the Committee’s advice to Scottish Ministers in February 2010. The Climate Change (Scotland) Act, as well as committing the country to delivering a 42% reduction in emissions by 2020, also places duties on public bodies relating to climate change that come into force on 1 January 2011.

Supported by the Scottish Government, COSLA, SOLACE-Scotland and SEPA, the SSN Conference is the sustainable development and climate change conference for local government officials and elected members, and all those who engage with local authorities in the process of making Scotland more sustainable.

For more information about our sustainability programmes in Scotland, please contact the Applied Knowledge Exchange on 0141 331 3189 or

Scottish Government launches ‘Zero Waste’ food recycling scheme

A new green scheme that recycles food waste has been launched.

The Commercial Food Waste Collection Service, run by Keenan Recycling, creates BSI accredited compost from items such as leftover food, coffee grounds, cups and paper towels collected from businesses and restaurants in the North East.cec

First Minister Alex Salmond officially lanched the scheme. The Scottish Government published its Zero Waste Plan last month. It sets out key actions and new targets to tackle the near 20 million tonnes of waste produced in Scotland every year.

Glasgow Caledonian University’s Caledonian Environment Centre is a unique team of professionals with expertise in waste resource management, carbon management, environmental sustainability and bioenergy.

One of the most distinguished and recognised environmental organisations in Scotland, Caledonian Environment
Centre has strong links with Scottish Government, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, local authorities,
WRAP, Zero Waste Scotland, and Scotland’s economic development agencies.

Find out how the Caledonian Environment Centre could help your business along the path to a ‘Zero Waste Scotland’ by calling the Applied Knowledge Exchange on 0141 331 3189.

70% waste target unveiled by Scottish Government

Scotland’s first Zero Waste Plan has been published by the Scottish Government, setting out key actions, including new targets, to tackle the near 20 milion tonnes of waste produced by Scotland every year

It aims to drive change and inspire households, businesses, community groups, local authorities and the wider public sector to change the way they view and deal with waste.

The plan will introduce landfill bans for specific waste types, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and capturing their value; separate collections of specific waste types, including food (to avoid contaminating other materials), to increase reuse and recycling opportunities and contributing to the Scottish Government’s renewable energy targets; and new targets that will apply to all waste: 70 per cent target recycled, and maximum five per cent sent to landfill, both by 2025.

Glasgow Caledonian University’s Caledonian Environment Centre works closely with private sector organisations and Scotlands’ councils to reduce waste. Find out more about our work at

GCU’s Caledonian Environment Centre at SETN event

This year’s Scottish Environmental Technology Network (SETN) annual conference will be held at Glasgow Caledonian University on 15th June 2010.    cec

The environmental technology conference is this year a collaboration between SETN and the Caledonian Environment Centre at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Caledonian Environment Centre will be supported by GCU’s business gateway, the Applied Knowledge Exchange.

Funded by the SEEKIT programme of the Scottish Government, the event is free for SMEs to attend and will inform businesses about developments in the Scottish environmental technology sector, EU environmental legislation and R&D tax credit workshops.

SETN provides services to Scottish SMEs to improve their competitiveness in the environmental sector including areas such as contaminated land assessment & remediation, waste management, resource recovery, water and wastewater treatment, sustainable urban drainage systems and environmental management.

The Caledonian Environment Centre offers a dedicated team of professionals with expertise in waste resource management, carbon management, environmental sustainability and bioenergy.

Simon Glen, project officer at the Caledonian Environment Centre at GCU, will be speaking at the event, along with representatives from Zero Waste Scotland, EAE Ltd and Environmental Law Chambers.

SETN is led by the Contaminated Land Assessment & Remediation Research Centre based at The University of Edinburgh and works with research base groups from around Scotland.

Caledonian Environment Centre scoops trio of carbon projects

With Climate Change and carbon management the hot topics of the day, the Caledonian Environment Centre at Glasgow Caledonian University has developed a bespoke carbon footprint tool to support companies in understanding their carbon impact.

The Centre, part of the School of the Built and Natural Environment, won funding from the Scottish Government and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to work on carbon management within Scotland’s food and drink sector.

The Centre is assisting food and drink related SMEs to improve their business competitiveness and environmental performance by managing their carbon emissions. The Caledonian Environment Centre has established an environmental capability assessment tool which provides bespoke carbon reduction plans for companies. 

The programme has so far engaged about 1,000 companies and surveyed over 340 for climate change and carbon management. 

The Centre is alo working on “Going Carbon Neutral Stirling” to develop a software application that formulates carbon reduction plans for communities.

Caledonian Evironment Centre is also working with the Scottish Prison Service, which is undertaking the Carbon Trust’s Carbon Management Programme, to establish a reduction strategy of between 15 and 25% of their current baseline.  The programme plan seeks to make cost savings for the service, supporting both the environmental impact of carbon, waste and transport by the organization and promoting well-being in inmates.