Fife Council held its second ECO Stars workshop to help Fife fleet operators become more efficient and improve local air quality.
Following the successful launch of Fife ECO Stars in October 2014, Fife Council held another workshop for local fleet operators (15 March) at City Chambers, Dunfermline.
- heard presentations on a range of topics including air quality and driver training,
- took part in lively discussions relating to fuel efficiency, fleet management and cultural change in organisations, and
- shared their experiences of the scheme.
Currently Fife’s scheme has over 70 members and membership continues to grow. Last December, we launched the Fife ECO Stars Taxi scheme which already has 18 members.
Roy Stewart, Senior Manager awarded ECO stars certificates to new members of the scheme during the event.
Roy Stewart said: “Signing up to ECO Stars provides tools and support to fleet operators to help reduce their costs and environmental impact.
“We’re delighted so many Fife firms have now joined the scheme, and it’s great to see local fleet operators committed to improving the efficiency of their fleet, developing their eco-credentials and reducing their environmental impact.”
For more information on air quality and the ECO Stars scheme please go to www.fifedirect.org.uk/airquality
The STEP Annual Conference is a yearly event to widen engagement and develop the aims of STEP. Additionally, in 2015 STEP was delighted to host the official launch of the new Scottish Government air quality strategy Cleaner Air for Scotland (CAFS), The Road to a Healthier Future.
The aims of the 2015 Annual Conference were:
- Launch the new Scottish Government air quality strategy Cleaner Air for Scotland (CAFS), and provide essential background to its development and implementation.
- Examine how improved air quality can benefit Scotland as a whole.
- Promote examples of good air quality management practices from around the UK.
The event was free, and was held on 4 November 2015 at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. The conference was attended by approx 160 delegates from the public, private and third sectors. STEP would like to thank all the speakers, chairs, delegates and exhibitors who made the day such a success.
Conference Materials: Agenda, Speaker Profiles, Exhibitor Profiles, CAFS summary. The full version of CAFS can be found here.
Presentation Slides – STEP Slideshare
Videos of the STEP Conference presentations are available via the following links:
- Welcome: Janice Milne, SEPA (STEP Chair)
- Keynote Speech: Aileen McLeod, Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform
- Video Address: Paul McAleavey, European Environment Agency
- Cleaner Air for Scotland: Andrew Taylor, Scottish Government
- National Modelling Framework for Scotland: Colin Gillespie, SEPA
- National Low Emission Framework for Scotland: Stephen Thomson, Transport Scotland
- Air Pollution and Health Impacts; Communicating the Evidence: Colin Ramsay, Health Protection Scotland
- Communicating CAFS: Stephen Thomson, Transport Scotland
- The role of RTPS in Supporting Local Authorities to Deliver CAFS: Alex Macaulay, SESTran
- A View from the Freight Industry: Allan Campbell, The Malcolm Group
- The Role of Planning in Air Quality Improvements: Nikola Miller, RTPI
- Perth Transport Futures Project; Linking Air Quality, Land Use and Transport Planning: Peter Marshall, Perth and Kinross Council
- Economic Benefits of Active Travel: Matt MacDonald, Sustrans
- Health Economic Assessment Tool (HEAT): Paul Kelly, University of Edinburgh
- Walking: Can Simple Steps Cut Emissions? Stuart Hay, Living Streets
- Delivering York’s 3d Air Quality Action Plan: Elizabeth Bates, York City Council
Dundee City Council is expanding its ECO Stars project to further improve air quality in the city.
The fleet recognition scheme will now be open to taxis and private hire vehicles – a first for a local authority in Scotland. By signing up to ECO Stars, taxi and private hire operators can gain recognition for their commitment to improving efficiency, reducing fuel consumption and reducing emissions.
Environment Convener Councillor Craig Melville said: “We are delighted to be able to expand our ECO Star Fleet Recognition Scheme and build on its success in the city. Signing up to this free scheme provides tools and on-going support for operators to reduce costs and their environmental impact. Everyone benefits from cleaner air and the council is committed to doing everything it can to try to reduce air pollution”.
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