Get involved – come along to a workshop this August to help shape Fife’s Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan.
Climate and energy are the defining challenges of our times. Recognising this challenge, Fife Council signed the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy this year and reaffirmed their commitment to Scotland’s Climate Change Declaration.
Becoming a Covenant of Mayors signatory commits Fife Council to submit a ‘Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan’. The ambition for Fife is to work towards the proposed next target 56% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2040 and enhance mitigation and adaptation measures. The Plan will set out actions that positively impact upon the lives of everyone in Fife, regardless of their background. These actions are being decided on by Fife Council, external partners, businesses and the people of Fife.
There will be 2 workshops this August for local community groups to contribute to the Action plan:
Cupar: Thursday 16th August 2018, 6pm for networking & refreshments; 6:30 – 9pm workshop. Venue: St Johns Church Hall, 77 Bonnygate, Cupar, Fife, KY15 4LG.
Kirkcaldy: Thursday 23rd August 2018, 6-8.30pm workshop with refreshments. Venue: small hall at St Bryce Kirk Centre, St. Brycedale Avenue, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1ET.
Please email Carolynm.email@example.com to book a place – remember to say whether you will be coming to the Cupar or the Kirkcaldy workshop .
Fife Communities Climate Action Network is recruiting!
We are seeking a self employed, sessional worker to provide secretariat support for the network. This short contract of 14 hours per month for 4 months will work with our volunteer Steering Group to improve our systems, procedures and communications, define and support new volunteer roles, coordinate meetings and plan events for our members. The successful candidate will have experience of community work, supporting volunteers and organising events, plus the ability to use WordPress, MailChimp and social media.
Rate of pay: £15 per hour, on a self-employed basis.
Closing date for applications: Monday 30th July at 12pm (noon)
For more details and how to apply, please read FCCAN support post 2018 (PDF download).
Thursday 13th September 2018, 6.30-8.30pm at Fife Renewables Innovation Centre.
Greener Kirkcaldy and Fife Communities Climate Action Network are hosting a “Smart Energy Systems and Communities” workshop with Community Energy Scotland, a national charity that supports people to make the most of local energy resources. We want to raise awareness of the changes that are coming to our energy systems – from smart meters and demand-side response to energy storage and low-carbon vehicles – and to support local community organisations to take advantage of the opportunities that will arise.
As a first step, we are running this briefing and networking session for local groups to provide some information on the changes that are coming and to consult you on the kinds of support you would value. We’re inviting community groups and stakeholders in Levenmouth and across Fife.
The workshop will take place on Thursday 13th September 2018, 6.30-8.30pm at Fife Renewables Innovation Centre, Ajax Way, Lower Methil, KY8 3RS.
To book your place: sign up via our Eventbrite page.
For a map and directions to Fife Renewables Innovation Centre, see https://goo.gl/maps/rK6RvQjRQxS2 .
OK for Dundee, Aberdeen and Edinburgh. But not anywhere in Fife. Can we change the policy barrier ?
FCCAN is a regular member of Fife Environment Partnership and serves to represent our member organisations – and in conjunction with Fife Voluntary Action who are also present, we help to represent the Third Sector on this important forum for climate change.
A current issue arose from our June Networking Meeting, and we brought it to the Sept 2017 FEP meeting. It is a policy barrier in Fife to operating car clubs and bike sharing. These relate to using Fife Council car parks and on-street parking for dedicated parking places. So for example, an eCar Club needs a dedicated space for the car when not is use. A BikeShare needs a bike box for people to be able to pick up a bike from. However Fife Council have a policy for car parks that prevents commercial activity even if it is not-for-profit and even if it is helping Fife fulfil its wider sustainability agenda. A further policy prevents dedicated reservation of spaces in on-street parking – so the image above can be found in cities across Britain – but not in Fife.
We think this is a barrier to implementing a more sustainable transport system in Fife. At the FEP meeting, we had a really useful discussion about this and were offered advice by Councillors and others present. We will be taking that forward now with member organisations to try and modernise the relevant policies.
We’ll keep you posted on developments.
Just to note our role in Fife Environment Partnership and what its about is more fully described in a previous post on this blog in March 2017. FCCAN Steering Group member Crispin Hayes currently represents us on the Partnership.
Feeding back to ourselves
We’re holding four networking events in Fife during 2017-18. FCCAN steering group member Crispin Hayes recently gave a presentation about this to the Fife Environment Partnership meeting. Here’s his presentation including some great pictures from our visit to PLANT at Tayport.
FCCAN Network Update vSep17 comp.pdf
StARLink was delighted to participate in the first Mid Scotland & Fife Rail Forum at which we were joined by representatives from the Levenmouth Rail Campaign and Newburgh Train Station Campaign, along with campaigners for the Alloa-Dunfermline freight line upgrade.
The morning included an excellent presentation by David Prescott of Allan Rail Solutions; David is a rail industry expert with extensive knowledge of the field and learning from him as to where the various Fife Rail projects sit within the Scottish context of rail infrastructure development was of immense practical value – and generally presented an encouraging scenario for each campaign.
We discussed the transport appraisal (STAG) process – its strengths and weaknesses, the issues with which groups have been faced when trying to initiate it or progress beyond it to implementation and whether there exists an opportunity to amend or replace the STAG via the upcoming National Transport Strategy review.
The third topic of our focus group was that of engagement with other stakeholders, i.e., how the campaigning groups have to date worked with key stakeholders (including Transport Scotland, Fife Council and Network Rail), how this work could be improved and how each might better communicate and work with these agencies.
The Forum concluded by discussing “next steps” – the actions each group might take forward and how we envisage the agenda of a subsequent Fife rail forum.
Following on from the formal agenda we discussed how the various Fife campaigns dovetail as part of an overall Fife rail infrastructure improvement agenda, the benefits each can bring to the other and the possibility of a strategic implementation project incorporating all Fife rail proposals.
StARLink is indebted to Mark Ruskell MSP – Scottish Greens and his constituency team for organising and facilitating this excellent workshop.
FCCAN is representing our member organisations on the Fife Environment Partnership, a policy level body whose focus is on climate change outcomes.
The Fife Environmental Partnership (FEP) has responsibility for delivery of the climate change mitigation and adaptation outcomes of the community plan, and also has the remit of setting “the strategic direction to protect and enhance Fife’s environment in a sustainable manner to pass onto future generations.”
Members of the Fife Communities CAN attend the Fife Environmental Partnership’s big climate fair in September 2016 to raise the voice of communities and what we can contribute towards a low carbon Fife
Membership includes Fife Council, NHS Fife, SEPA, Scottish Natural Heritage, Fife College, University of St. Andrews, Fife Coast and Countryside Trust, Fife Voluntary Action, and FCCAN
Crispin Hayes (Sustainable Cupar) has agreed to follow on from Suzy Goodsir (Greener Kirkcaldy) as representative of FCCAN.
What Fife Environment Partnership about?
Brings together public sector and third sector organisations to work at a strategy level on climate change in Fife. It is measures its progress against 6 key outcomes:
- CC1 – More efficient use of resources (energy, waste and water)
- CC2 – More energy is from low carbon supplies.
- CC3 – Encourage more sustainable transport and travel including reducing the need to travel.
- CC4 – Ecosystems are used sustainably and strengthened
- CC5 – Places are adapting to cope with Climate Change (including land use, coastlines, buildings and infrastructure)
- CC6 – People are adapting to cope with Climate Change.
FEP’s main strategy document is the “Climate Change Strategy 2014 – 2020”. It identifies key areas that we need to address to meet the challenges and take advantage of opportunities associated with climate change, and sets out six outcomes that we will work towards over the next six years.
Read Fife’s Climate Change Strategy 2014 – 2020: