CIC Start Online event on Improving Energy and Carbon Performance of Housing

Glasgow Caledonian University is hosting a CIC Start Online event tomorrow, called Improving Energy and Carbon Performance of Housing – A Glasgow Case Study.

All CIC Start Online members will be invited to attend the online webinar and will receive an email with the meeting link. You can also attend the seminar in person by registering at www.cicstart.org. A buffet lunch will be provided before the event, providing opportunities for networking with fellow delegates and the seminar speakers. If you wish to attend the seminar in person, please complete the registration form at www.cicstart.org. The price is £70 per delegate (£50 for CIC Start Online members).

Further Information: CIC Start Online

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 appliedknowledgeexchange@gcu.ac.uk.

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.