Environmental Management

  • Earth Hour 2017

    27th March 2017 by

    Earth Hour took place on Saturday (25 March) and the Scottish Government joined thousands across Scotland and millions across the world in taking part. Organised by WWF, Earth Hour aims to raise awareness of climate change and its impacts at home and across the globe. Now in its tenth year, the event encourages individuals, organisations...

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  • Keeping up the carbon-cutting momentum

    11th August 2016 by

    We had some good news in the Environmental Management Team recently. On 26 July, we received confirmation that our application for triple recertification to the Carbon Trust Standard was successful. It’s great to have the work that is being done across the Scottish Government’s estate to reduce waste, CO2 emissions, and water use independently certified...

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  • The Scottish Government Celebrates WWF’s Earth Hour

    15th March 2016 by

    On Saturday 19 March 2016, at 8.30pm The Scottish Government will join millions across the world to celebrate WWF’s Earth Hour and switch off their lights for one hour to show they care about the future of our brilliant planet. By joining the global celebration, The Scottish Government will take part in a symbolic moment,...

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  • SASA Guest Blog: The Wild Flowers

    26th February 2016 by

    Sowing seeds along a footpath at the wildflower meadow at SASA

    Jeremy Ede is Chair of the Biodiversity Group at Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA).  He shares his story of how he and his colleagues created a wildflower meadow at the SASA headquarters on the outskirts of Edinburgh.  With a world class laboratory, glasshouse and experimental farm facility, SASA is a community of around...

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  • Energy Efficiency Week (as part of Climate Week)

    20th November 2015 by

    We all use energy in our everyday lives, and it is necessary for the work many of us do. It is easy to then dismiss the idea of saving energy in the workplace, especially if your work is mainly done on a computer. In the month of August at the five biggest Scottish Government sites...

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  • The Benefits of Car Sharing

    14th September 2015 by

    Our Liftshare scheme offers employees a better chance of getting a parking space in our busy car parks, particularly useful if other commitments mean you begin work later in the morning. The Liftshare website has a dedicated Scottish Government private group where you can enter details of your journey and look for others going your...

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  • Making a Buzz at VQ!

    31st August 2015 by

    Part of our Environmental Policy is a commitment to protect and enhance biodiversity on the Scottish Government estate. In June we introduced a bee hive at Victoria Quay in Leith to join the existing biodiversity pond and wildflower meadow there. Before the addition of the VQ hive there were already three hives within the Scottish...

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  • KeepCupdate

    20th August 2015 by

    The figures are in, and the first week of our KeepCup scheme was a resounding success! We’ve sold over 1000 cups across the 8 Sodexo outlets. This is excellent news in terms of our waste reduction, as we think that our 1000 new KeepCup owners will divert 193,000 single-use cups from use over the next...

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  • Reduce Reuse Refill!

    5th August 2015 by

    On 10th August KeepCups will be on sale at all Sodexo catering outlets within the Scottish Government estate. This is an initiative aimed at reducing waste from our staff restaurants. Nearly 1 million hot drinks are sold at Scottish Government sites each year, the vast majority of which are currently served in single-use cups. If...

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  • Active Travel: Good for You, Good for the Environment

    28th July 2015 by

     Travel is necessary – to get to the shops, to go on holiday, or for slightly less exciting pursuits such as the journey to work. Instead of absent-mindedly reaching for the car keys every time you need to make a journey, why not consider walking or cycling instead. Walking and cycling, also known as active...

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