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.
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.
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