Category Archives: Sustainability

Failure in Planning

An example of the current planning system failing to work includes a site in Glasgow’s International Financial Services District which has lain derelict for a couple of years now. It was acquired and planning permission granted for a new hotel for … Continue reading

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Simple Solutions

We take it for granted. Water: it is there at the turn of a tap – hot or cold and most importantly safe, clean and pure. But not for all; many millions of people spend a large part of their … Continue reading

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Edinburgh Trams – A Sustainable Transport Solution?

The new trams proposed for Edinburgh were supposed to reduce congestion in the city and provide a greener transport system in the city, but how green will they be, assuming that they do start running sometime? A useful measure of … Continue reading

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Scottish Parliament 2011 – Sustainability in Planning

Sustainability must be at the heart of Land Use and Planning policies of the next Scottish Government, elected in three weeks time.  We continue to see the urban sprawl creep into the countryside, eating up good quality agricultural lands and encouraging … Continue reading

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A People’s Sustainability Commission?

With the winding up of the Sustainable Development Commission, who will advise and critique Government on sustainable development?  One proposal mooted at last week’s Big Sustainability Summit was a people’s sustainability commission.  That got me wondering what its role could … Continue reading

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Future of Fish

What are the key requirements of a Fishing Policy or fishery management strategy? The strategy for managing any fishery must be SUSTAINABLE, meeting the our needs while leaving opportunity for future generations to meet their own needs.  But how can … Continue reading

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Fish Fight

Shocking, perverse, just downright wrong… Sign up to the letter: To Commissioner Damanaki, Members of the European Parliament and all member state governments, I have seen images of dead and dying fish discarded in European waters. I understand that the … Continue reading

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Disappointment as 10:10 targets missed

We undertook to cut our carbon emissions by 10% in 2010 (http://www.1010global.org/uk) however our emissions from domestic energy use have increased by 4% since 2009.  This consists of a 5% reduction in electricity consumption and a 15% increase in gas … Continue reading

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Scotland’s First Passivhaus

This year, Scotland’s first Passivhaus project, Tigh-Na-Cladach, was completed.  The development of social housing near Dunoon on the Clyde Coast consists of 15 terraced properties.  The developer, Fyne Homes, worked woth Professor Deveci of Robert Gordons University on the scheme … Continue reading

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Simple Solutions

We take it for granted. Water: it is there at the turn of a tap – hot or cold and most importantly safe, clean and pure. But not for all; many millions of people spend a large part of their … Continue reading

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