Zero Waste Scotland reveals Scotland’s consumption footprint is unsustainably high

Zero Waste Scotland publishes a new landmark report, The Scottish Material Flow Accounts, that reveals the size of Scotland’s consumption footprint for the first time.

The report shows the average Scot consumes 18.4 tonnes of materials every year which is the equivalent of 50kg per day on average.   The weight calculated for the average European was 14.1 tonnes.

Scottish Government publish updated Strategic Framework and Physical Distancing Review

The Scottish Government have published updated Strategic Framework and Physical Distancing Review, following the First Minister’s statement to Parliament on 22 June.  

During the statement First Minister announced the whole of Scotland will move to Level 0 on 19 July if all necessary vaccination and harm reduction measures are met.

Consultation launched on sale and use of fireworks

A consultation on new legislation on the sale and use of fireworks and tackling the misuse of pyrotechnics has been published.

The proposed Fireworks and Pyrotechnics Bill follows the report of an independent Fireworks Review Group which recommended tightening legislation to reduce the harm fireworks can cause.

The eight week consultation will seek views on the creation of a new offence of carrying a pyrotechnic device in a public place without reasonable excuse or lawful authority.

Scottish Government launches climate campaign

Ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow later this year, the Scottish Government has announced a television, radio and digital campaign to encourage people across Scotland to come together to help tackle the climate emergency.

Minimum Unit Price of alcohol has positive lasting impact

A study has found that, the introduction of minimum pricing of alcohol has had a lasting impact in Scotland and is starting to have an effect in Wales, a study has found.

The study led by Newcastle University and published in Lancet Public Health shows a Minimum Unit Price (MUP) policy for alcohol, introduced in Scotland in 2018, continues to have a positive impact on lowering drinking levels two years on. 

Soft Play Coronavirus Guidance updated

The Scottish Government has updated their Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for the soft play sector.  The guidance is for soft play centres to help the sector prepare for re-opening (at level 0 or 1).

This guidance has been developed in collaboration with industry, trade unions, regulators including Local Authority Environmental Health Officer, and others. 

Up to £10,000 cashback grant for installing heat pumps

The Scottish Government is offering 75% cashback grants along with an interest-free loan for businesses wanting to install heat pumps.

Organisations can access the loan and receive a cashback grant of up to £10,000 while also cutting their energy bill and carbon footprint.

The SME Loan Scheme has already provided Scottish businesses with more than £26 million in loans for more than 1,000 energy saving projects.

World No Tobacco Day 2021

Today on May 31, the World Health Organisation celebrates World No Tobacco Day and their theme this year is #CommitToQuit.

Although many smokers are keen to kick tobacco and nicotine addiction, many don’t have adequate means or support to do so. Without assistance, only 4–7% of those who attempt to quit succeed in doing so. Structured, well-funded and accessible cessation programmes are therefore an important component of World No Tobacco Day’s celebration of “Commit to Quit”.

Three million people in Scotland receive first vaccination

The vaccination programme has delivered first doses of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine to more than three million people in Scotland – 66.6% of the adult population. The landmark was reached on 14 May 2021.

The national vaccination programme is now moving through those aged 40 - 49 years old and more than 50% of this age group have come forward to receive their first vaccination.

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