On Friday, 5 June, 2015, also ‘World Environment Day‘, Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group will hold a summit, bringing together government, businesses, academics, non-government organisations (NGOs) and civic society.
The summit will celebrate what Scotland has achieved to-date and provide an opportunity to hold meaningful conversations and discussions about how to engage a wider audience, enabling Scotland, to close the gap on the targets set for 2020, a reduction of 42% greenhouse gas emissions.
- Professor Jim Skea CBE, RCUK Energy Strategy Fellow and Professor of Sustainable Energy, Imperial College London
- Lang Banks, Director, WWF Scotland
The event also provides a launch platform for an exciting new initiative: a national Centre for Sustainable Practice & Living, which will jointly be supported by the University of Stirling Management School (SMS) and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). It will provide a safe place for collaboration – a Scottish “Collaboratory”- that will help develop scenario planning and stimulate wider collaboration on the main issues around tackling emissions and realising Scotland’s aims to become a world-leading sustainable and vibrant nation.
Ian Marchant, Chair, Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group said: “Since the Group was formed over five years ago I have been delighted with the support we have received from over a hundred voluntary members of the Group who have been working collaboratively across key areas of climate change. We have made progress in areas such as the built environment, transport and finance and helped create other groups such as the 2050 Climate Group for young leaders and the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital. Whilst we can look back with some pride at what has been done, I remain very concerned about the real challenges that continue, as we seek to change the fundamental direction of our economy from one built on carbon, to one built on a sustainable foundation. This transformation needs business engagement and therefore I am delighted that this summit also marks the beginning of chapter two of the 2020 Climate Group’s life.”