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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.

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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 www.ecostars-uk.com

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Fife’s ECO Stars Workshop

Fife ECOstars workshopFife 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.

Workshop attendees:

  • 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