STEP is supporting National Clean Air Day – 15 June 2017

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National Clean Air Day: Scotland

The first National Clean Air Day (NCAD) is being held on 15 June 2017.

The Scottish Government is co-ordinating the Scottish campaign with Global Action Plan, with support from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

The aim of the 2017 campaign is to encourage people to take simple actions to improve their health and reduce air pollution. A range of toolkits and support materials have been developed to make participating in NCAD easy for communities and workplaces. A dedicated health workers toolkit is available as is a toolkit for those who want to run ‘No idling’ campaigns in their communities.

Scottish campaign

National messaging has been agreed for the campaign and in Scotland, there are three key messages being highlighted:

  1. Leave the car at home
  2. Don’t idle
  3. Support your staff

The Scottish messaging is supported by a dedicated Scottish web section of the NCAD website, at

The Scottish campaign will focus on media engagement through lifestyle articles, a social media campaign and activity from public bodies.

We want to specifically reach these audiences:

  • Children
  • The elderly
  • People with existing health conditions that are aggravated by air pollution.

Getting involved

Your organisation can help to spread the word about National Clean Air Day and promote key messages to your staff and customers. Visit the Scottish page on the NCAD website, download the National Clean Air Day 2017 flyer ,or check out the National Clean Air Day social media toolkit.

STEP Annual Conference 2016

Scottish Transport Emissions Partnership
Annual Conference 2016

We are delighted to announce that our fourth Annual Conference will take place in Verity House (COSLA), 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh, EH12 5BH on Thursday 3 November 2016.

Conference Focus
Scotland’s national air quality strategy – Cleaner Air for Scotland (CAFS) – was launched at last year’s STEP conference, and there has been a great deal of activity behind the scenes, to help begin to deliver its aims and objectives. The morning session will provide an update on how this work is progressing, including the development of the CAFS technical frameworks the National Modelling Framework (NMF) and National Low Emission Framework (NLEF). There will be ample time to ask questions, and the CAFS leads will be available throughout the day.

STEP was created to identify examples of good practice and make others aware of these exciting developments, so the afternoon session will focus on key issues, interesting projects and exciting new technologies that could help to deliver a more sustainable transport system for Scotland. Our guest speakers will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience that includes the all-electric park-and-ride in York, the hydrogen powered buses in Aberdeen and the use of wind turbines to generate hydrogen to power commercial vehicles.

Second meeting of the ECO Stars Scottish Network Group

The second meeting of the ECO Stars Scottish Network Group took place on the 4th May. The purpose of this group is for local authority scheme managers to meet to get an update on the overall progress of ECO Stars in Scotland, and for open discussion to share experience and good practice between local authority schemes. The event also provides a link to the UK ECO Stars Steering Group, with Ann Beddoes, UK ECO Stars Scheme Manager, giving the latest news and updates alongside scheme administrators Transport & Travel Research Ltd.

The session was well attended, with all seven existing local authority schemes present, plus representatives of three further local authorities who hope to start schemes in the near future. ECO Stars continues to go from strength to strength, with 21 commercial vehicle and 4 taxi and private hire schemes now running throughout the UK. Most recently schemes have started in West Yorkshire and Cornwall.

The group was provided with progress reports on each of the schemes in Scotland which, when combined, now covers 150 unique fleet operators and more than 13,000 vehicles. Recent discussions on the structure of the scheme in Scotland were also covered, which resulted in continuation of the local authority model to retain engagement and local relevance, but to also explore ways of working in partnership in future, such as jointly hosting regional workshops.

Case studies were provided by way of a recent star rating upgrade to Newtown Waste Solutions, who have moved from 4 to 5 star through good application of telematics, new vehicles and driver training. The recently produced video case study featuring Edinburgh-based Radical Travel was also shown.

The open discussion session covered preparation for procurement processes, and the need to think long-term when considering future funding streams and scheme structure.

It was agreed that the session is a useful forum for both existing and potential scheme managers, and another meeting is planned for autumn 2016.

For more information on ECO Stars please visit