SCCAN February Newsletter
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Hear what happened at our Annual Gathering!

We held our Annual Gathering on Saturday 4 February 2017 in Edinburgh

About 60 people from all over Scotland, community workers, project volunteers, and government officials, all joined for what turned out to be a very positive and inspirational day of sharing experiences and ideas for the future.

Paul Allen, Director of Zero Carbon Britain, the flagship research project from the Centre for Alternative Technology, gave an elevating keynote address showing that a modern, zero-emissions society is possible using technology available today.

Andy Wightman, Green MSP, joined as a Keynote Listener, and provided an inspiring conclusion to the day, sharing ideas on the Community role in delivering low carbon aspirations.

Presentations and reflections from the day are available here

Regional Networks Inspiration - a report from Fife Communities Climate Action Network

One of the main themes of our gathering was Regional Networks. The pilot project Fife Communities Climate Action Network was presented by Suzy Goodsir from Greener Kirkcaldy. Her presentation is available here

The final report from Fife CCAN is also online.

There were many intriguing conversations at the gathering about how to continue the great work with regional networks. If you are interested in being part of this, please get in touch

Communities influencing policy - Have your say through consultations!

This is the season for policy consultations! Here are a few that are highly relevant for you to get involved in:

1. Climate Change Plan

The Scottish Government published a draft climate change plan in January 2017, setting out the steps to further cut greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change. The plan has ambitious goals, but it doesn’t set out the steps for how we’ll actually meet those goals. To protect Scotland’s future and that of people around the world, we need to do more to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions from the way we travel, produce our food and heat our homes.

The Plan is open for parliamentary scrutiny by four different committees until March 20th 2017. We encourage all our members to lobby their MSPs on the respective committees and make sure they see the importance of community action on climate change.

Stop Climate Chaos Scotland have very helpfully put together a list of which MSPs are on the committees responsible for reviewing the climate change plan. 

Not sure what to say to your MSP?
We are collecting some examples from different community groups that you can use as help and inspiration, including a letter from Scottish Community Alliance.

The Scottish Government has designated energy efficiency as a National Infrastructure Priority, the cornerstone of which will be Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) – a 15 to 20 year programme. The Programme for Government commits to investing more than half a billion pounds to SEEP over the next four years setting out a clear commitment to develop this programme with substantial annual funding.

What’s the opportunity for communities?

  • Get involved with your Local Authority (list of SEEP contacts) with your ideas for community buildings, and for talking to householders about insulation and heating – expressions of interest have to be in to Scottish Government by 31 March 2017. 
  • Respond to the SEEP consultation and Energy Strategy consultation by 30 May to shape how this works in 2018 onwards

    More information on our website
    We will also host a community consultation workshop exploring all government energy documents up for review on March 29th. More information under Upcoming Events.
3. Talking “Fracking” – A Consultation on Unconventional Oil and Gas. 
This closes on Wednesday 31st May, and has a dedicated website,, during the consultation with information on unconventional oil and gas, and the findings of the research commissioned by the Scottish Government.
The website also hosts discussion tool-kits to help communities and other groups participate in the consultation. Local groups can take part in the consultation via the web site

Transition Scotland Updates

Demain - showing in a community near you?

Everything you need to know re. the UK community-led rollout of the film Tomorrow. Premieres take place 24 January in Totnes, Bristol and Todmorden.

It is a hugely positive, affirming and inspirational film. It visits permaculture farms, urban agriculture projects, community-owned renewable projects, local currencies, creative schools, ambitious recycling projects.

Find out about organising your own community screening with the Transition Network’s new free guide.

A Guide to doing Transition in your University or College

is the newest publication from the Transition Network, which heavily features Scottish universities.

It is a practical guide to how the Transition approach can be used to achieve huge change in a university environment, on ecological, social, and academic levels. The guide is available for free here.

A workshop exploring how the guide can be put into practice will be held on April 7th in Dundee. Email Maria on for more information.

Upcoming events

Community Planning for People & Planet” - environmental priorities for Edinburgh's Locality Improvement Plans 2017-22
Transition Edinburgh, Nourish Scotland and Edinburgh Sustainable Development Partnership invite YOU to participate in exhibitions and evening events which provide a great opportunity for you and your organisation to contribute to the Locality Improvement Plans.

6-8pm Wednesday 8 February, City Chambers for South East including City Centre. 


   6-8pm Wed 15 February at Wester Hailes Education Centre for South West Locality.    


   6-8pm Wed 22 February at North Edinburgh Arts for North West Locality.    


   6-8pm Wed 1 March at Craigmillar Library for North East Locality. 


+ Free Exhibition all week at each venue: launch 10am Mondays.
ECOLISE General Assembly
6-8 March
Amalurra, Spain
SCCAN is part of this European Network and shared platform for learning, action and advocacy of community-based initiatives on climate change and sustainability in Europe, and we are planning on taking part in the General Assembly. If you are interested in joining and learning more about ECOLISE, get in touch as soon as possible!
Making Community Empowerment a Reality
A shared commitment to community development
7 March, 10am-3.30pm
St Paul's and St George's Church,   46, York Place, Edinburgh EH1 3RH

The conference will focus on showcasing the work of a wide variety of community development groups and projects, and draw lessons on the nature of a common commitment to community development.


Martin Cawley, Chief Executive, Big Lottery Fund Scotland
(invited) Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government and Planning

Tickets and more information
AMIDST Edinburgh
Starts Tuesday 18 April, 5.45pm to 8pm.
Continues fortnightly on: 2 May, 16 May, 30 May, 13 June, 27 June.

City of Edinburgh Methodist Hall, 25 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9BX

From our organisations and communities to Brexit or the environment – the need to step out of our bubbles and foster better conversations where we live, work and play is more vital than ever. But it’s also hard.

Fusing shared reflection and practice, Amidst (Edinburgh) is a free, six-part event series, exploring how we can create more self-sustaining, courageous and empathetic connections, to bring about long-lasting change for self, city, and the common good.

More information 

We regularly update our facebook page and twitter with the latest news and events, make sure you are following us!
Transport & the Climate Change Plan
2nd March 
9:30 – 16:00 (approx.)
John McIntyre Centre at the University of Edinburgh (Pollock Halls), Edinburgh
Seminar exploring the policies and proposals in the Transport chapter of the Climate Change Plan. The event is intended to complement the scrutiny of the plan being undertaken by the Scottish Parliament and feedback on the draft plan received at the event will inform the final version of the plan that will be published later this year.        

The event is free to attend and is open to all with an interest in the delivery of reduced emissions from transport. 
Registration and tickets
Climate Conversations Seminar
2nd March, 10am-1pm
ECCI, Edinburgh
As part of on-going engagement with the public, the Scottish Government has initiated a series of climate conversations across Scotland to encourage a public discussion on climate change.
We have developed resources including a How to Guide, based on the research undertaken by Climate Outreach on behalf of  the Scottish Government and ClimateXChange and we commissioned Sniffer and Surefoot to hold 20 climate conversations across Scotland over summer and autumn 2016. 
This seminar will provide an opportunity to hear the findings from the climate conversations which already took place and discuss possible future developments.  
Scottish Energy Strategy Workshop
29 March, 1-4.30pm
ECCI, Edinburgh

SCCAN is hosting this workshop for all community organisations  and not-for-profit bodies. 
We shall review in detail the Draft Scottish Energy Strategy together with - in small groups - each of the supporting documents and the draft UK Industrial and Energy Strategy. The hope is to enable participants to then submit responses to these consultations.

There may be a small cost to cover catering. Bookings soon possible on, to be set up by the end of the week. 
CARES conference
26th and 27th April
Golden Lion Hotel, 8-10 King Street, Stirling

The 2017 annual Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) Conference will focus on the Scottish Government's Energy Strategy consultation and how community energy can be a key player in Scotland's energy future. It is a free event and the agenda has been designed to allow delegates to choose to attend 26th or 27th or both days.
Day one will look at Scotland's Energy Strategy, taking a local focus.We will hear from an expert panel, joined by Mr Wheelhouse, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy at  the Scottish Government.

Invitation to contribute to our next newsletter

Do you have a project, event, or story that you would like to share here? Please email us on with your text and image before March 17th


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