Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Vacancy -Stop Climate Chaos Scotland

Assistant Campaigns Manager (Part time) - Stop Climate Chaos Scotland

Salary: circa £21,000 pro rata 2.5 to 3 days a week (negotiable, flexibility considered). 
Closing date: 10 May 2017
Interviews:  17th May
Location:  Edinburgh

Role:

An exciting opportunity for an individual with experience of administration, organisation and communications to work at the heart of Scotland’s largest civil society coalition.

You will help coordinate and manage the coalition and deliver activities to promote and support local, national and international action on climate change.

Organisation profile:

SCCS is a diverse coalition of organisations campaigning together on climate change.  Our combined supporter base totals over 1.5m people across Scotland.  Our members range from environment, faith and development organisations to trade and student unions and community groups, including the Church of Scotland, Oxfam, NUS, the Scottish Seabird Centre and WWF.  We work on UK-wide campaigns, when appropriate, with our sister organisations in England and Wales, The Climate Coalition and Stop Climate Chaos Cymru respectively.

SCCS came together in 2006 to campaign for strong climate legislation for Scotland.  This work came to fruition in 2009, when the Climate Change (Scotland) Act was passed unanimously by the Scottish Parliament.  Since that legislation was passed, SCCS has continued to push for climate action in Scotland and beyond.  


To read more or  to apply click here

Friday, 14 April 2017

Stranraer Event - Ask the Experts - Tues 20th June 2017

With spring blossoming and summer on our doorstep, now is the time to give your home an inside-out appraisal. What can you do to keep your largest investment in good shape this year?

Southern Scotland's traditional stone-built houses may be beautiful to look at, but keeping them weatherproof and in their best condition can feel like a full-time job. Taking care of your sash windows, chimneys, doors and external fixtures can also be a challenge for properties with historic features. And if your home was built before 1919 and you’ve not had the full range of energy efficiency measures installed, you could be leaking money from your walls, roof, floors and windows every day.

Home Energy Scotland offers free, impartial energy efficiency advice from simple draught-proofing to insulation for all types of homes, as well as referrals for available funding.

We’d like to invite you to a free 'Ask the Experts' event in Stranraer’s exquisite North West Castle Hotel on Tuesday 20th June from 12-4pm.


Bring your specific questions to our panel of experts, including Moses Jenkins of Historic Environment Scotland who will be one of our speakers sharing expert advice on repairing your home and installing different types of insulation, glazing, draught-proofing and other measures in his presentation between 12.30-1pm . Notepads and pens will be provided and if you arrive between 12 and 12.30 you'll be welcomed with a free bowl of soup!

You can even get a free, impartial energy audit for your home from one of our qualified advisors so you understand all the options available to you.

To book tickets for the event click here


FAQs

What can I bring into the event?
Just yourself and your questions will be great! Bags may be checked on arrival. Notepads and pens will be provided and if you arrive between 12 and 12.30 you'll be welcomed with a free bowl of delicious soup.
How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
If you have any questions about the event, please call Andrea Gardner on 01292 525505 or email andrea.gardner@sw.homeenergyscotland.org
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Please bring either a printed ticket or phone notification to the registration desk.
Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Yes that's fine. It's all free, so just let us know before the event or on the day. 

Cumnock Event - Ask the Experts - Wed 17th May 2017

With spring blossoming and summer on our doorstep, now is the time to give your home an inside-out appraisal. What can you do to keep your largest investment in good shape this year?

Southern Scotland's traditional stone-built houses may be beautiful to look at, but keeping them weatherproof and in their best condition can feel like a full-time job. Taking care of your sash windows, chimneys, doors and external fixtures can also be a challenge for properties with historic features. And if your home was built before 1919 and you’ve not had the full range of energy efficiency measures installed, you could be leaking money from your walls, roof, floors and windows every day.

Home Energy Scotland offers free, impartial energy efficiency advice from simple draught-proofing to insulation for all types of homes, as well as referrals for available funding.

We’d like to invite you to a free 'Ask the Experts' event in the Pavilion at Cumnock's exquisite Dumfries House  on Wednesday 17th May from 12-4pm.


Bring your specific questions to our panel of experts, including Moses Jenkins of Historic Environment Scotland who will be one of our speakers sharing expert advice on repairing your home and installing different types of insulation, glazing, draught-proofing and other measures in his presentation between 12.30-1pm . Notepads and pens will be provided and if you arrive between 12 and 12.30 you'll be welcomed with a free bowl of soup!

You can even get a free, impartial energy audit for your home from one of our qualified advisors so you understand all the options available to you.

To book tickets for the event click here


FAQs

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Dumfries House is in East Ayrshire, south west Scotland. There's plenty of free parking in the main car park and access is from the A70 whether travelling westwards or eastwards. There are 2 entrances - one clearly marked 'coaches only’ and the other ‘cars only’. The nearest bus station is in Cumnock and the nearest train station is Auchinleck.

The closest bus stop is on the B7036 at the Barony Rd entrance, approximately a 1 mile walk from the house on an unmade road. Pedestrian and cycle access is possible from both the A70 and the B7036 (via an unmade road).

If you're driving to the event, please park in the main car park and walk towards the main house, following signs for 'House - private appointments only.' The visitors' entrance is around the back of the house and you'll be shown to the Pavilion after signing in. Blue badge holders are permitted to park close to the visitors' entrance - just follow the signs.

What can I bring into the event?
Just yourself and your questions will be great! Bags may be checked on arrival. Notepads and pens will be provided and if you arrive between 12 and 12.30 you'll be welcomed with a free bowl of delicious soup.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
If you have any questions about the event, please call Andrea Gardner on 01292 525505 or email andrea.gardner@sw.homeenergyscotland.org

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Please bring either a printed ticket or phone notification to the registration desk.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Yes that's fine. It's all free, so just let us know before the event or on the day.

Job Vacancy - Implementation Advisor

Post Title                                Implementation Advisor


Salary                                     Grade 2 Level 7- 8 (SCP 49 -55) £24,090 - £26,316 per annum plus contributory pension.

Contract Length              Subject to satisfactory performance, contract length will be determined by the period of the contract.  In the first instance this is until 31 March 2018. 


Workplace                             Energy Agency, Watson Peat Building, Auchincruive, Ayr,
KA6 5HW


Responsible to                        Implementation Team Manager



Primary Purpose                   The implementation advisor is responsible for the effective delivery of the Resource Efficient Scotland advice and support service at a local level.

Closing Date:             30th April 2017
Interviews:                 week beginning 8th May 2017

Venue:                        Energy Agency Offices

To read more and to apply click here

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Launch event for 2017 VIBES Awards

Wed 19 April 2017
16:00 – 18:00
Albion Environmental
Damside
Ayr
KA8 8ER

Businesses in Scotland of all sizes and sectors are urged to enter the accredited environmental awards scheme VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards

The VIBES Awards recognise businesses which have shown commitment, action and achievement in their aims to:
  • Improve their environmental performance
  • Enhance the competitiveness of their business
  • Support the wider goals of sustainable development
Entering for VIBES is free and simple. Businesses are offered support throughout the process to ensure things run smoothly.

To register for event click here

Thursday, 23 March 2017

CARES Conference - 26th & 27th April 2017

Are you going to the CARES Conference?

This year’s CARES Conference takes place on April 26 and 27 in Stirling and is a must-attend event in the local energy calendar.

Organised by Local Energy Scotland, this year’s event focuses on the Scottish Government’s Draft Energy Strategy and routes to deliver local energy projects. Delegates will hear from Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, as well as panel sessions featuring leading figures in the sector. There will be the opportunity to find out about available funding and support, as well as network with colleagues at our popular conference dinner.

As always, the event is free to attend. But book quickly - spaces are filling up fast.


To find out more and to book visit http://www.localenergyscotland.org/conference or call free on 0808 808 2288.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Action on Fuel Poverty

The Scottish Government  announced new plans to help people struggling to pay their fuels bills.

A pilot will see 220 rural households offered targeted support to cut their energy bills – while an independent review of how fuel poverty is defined is to take place. To read more click here

Responding to the Scottish Government announcements on fuel poverty, Lori McElroy, Chair of the *Existing Homes Alliance said:

“We welcome the Scottish Government’s commitments to consult on a new statutory fuel poverty eradication target and strategy. However any new fuel poverty goal will remain out of reach unless it is backed up by stronger action and a target to improve the energy efficiency of Scotland’s homes, alongside other actions on income, managing energy and energy prices

“The commitment to put in place minimum energy performance standards in the private rented sector and a phased regulation of other existing buildings will really help improve housing conditions for vulnerable tenants and reduce fuel bills. It is however disappointing that the Scottish Government has chosen to ignore expert recommendations to set a clear target to insulate fuel poor homes to an EPC C standard by 2025 where possible. This lets down those who can least afford to waste money heating the air outside their leaky homes, with those in low energy performing homes still 3.5 times more likely to be in fuel poverty than those in energy efficient homes .”

The Existing Homes Alliance believes that upgrading the vast majority of homes to the recommended EPC C standard by 2025 would be an important milestone towards warm, affordable and low carbon homes and is critical to reducing ill-health and reducing excess winter deaths.

Lori McElroy added:


“We have the technologies and skills we need to do this but just lack a clear goal. Insulating homes to the maximum level possible would help to protect the most vulnerable, save the NHS millions of pounds, reduce fuel bills and create up to 9,000 quality jobs right across Scotland. This approach has widespread support across the Scottish Parliament and is backed by more than 50 business and civic organisations in Scotland.”

*The Exiting  Homes Alliance Scotland is a coalition of housing, environmental, fuel poverty and industry organisations calling for urgent action to transform Scotland's  existing housing stock and make fit for the 21st  century.




Friday, 10 March 2017

Scottish Government announces Scotland must do more to decrease harmful emissions

Four parliamentary committees have delivered key recommendations today as they report on the Scottish Government’s Draft Climate Change Plan (CCP), which sets out Scotland’s approach to cutting emissions over the next 15 years.

To read more click here

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Energy Agency wins Award 2017

The Energy Agency has won first prize for the Best in Scotland category for Large Scale Project of the Year at the Energy Efficiency and Healthy Homes Awards 2017.

The Energy Agency in partnership with the Local Authorities of South Ayrshire, East Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway and NHS Ayrshire & Arran, were awarded first prize at the Scotland Regional Energy Efficiency and Healthy Homes Award 2017. The award recognises excellence in large scale projects that help householders reduce their energy bills, tackle fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions.  It also recognises excellent customer service and quality workmanship.

The Energy Agency manages the Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland: Area Based Schemes on behalf of the 3 local authorities and are funded by Scottish Government.
The schemes install solid wall insulation in targeted fuel poor communities with hard to treat homes. In partnership with NHS Ayrshire & Arran, research is taking place into the health impact of these improvements.

The winners were announced at an Annual Dinner in Glasgow on 2nd March 2017 and presented by the category sponsor ‘Area Eco, supporting sustainable communities’


Photo from left to right - Ernie Tew East Ayrshire Council, Cassandra Dove Energy Agency, Chris Carroll South Ayrshire  Council, Ian Cuthbert Energy Saving Trust, Alan McGonigle Energy Agency, Liz Marquis Energy Agency