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Climate change policy in Scotland: implementing the Climate Change Act and assessing the route to ‘net zero’

Morning, Thursday, 23rd April 2020


This conference will examine the next steps for climate change policy and its implementation.

Delegates will discuss the practicalities and key steps in meeting the net-zero goals set out in the Climate Change Act, following its passage through the Scottish Parliament.

Areas for discussion include:

  • Immediate and longer-term priorities for Government and stakeholders in meeting the net zero goals;
  • The challenges faced in pursuit of a just transition, with a particular focus on balancing competing interests in the move to a net zero economy; and
  • Issues for key sectors - particularly energy - in reducing emissions, and the steps that will be necessary for industry, local government, and others to move towards the new goals.


There will be keynote contributions from: Professor Rebecca Lunn, Deputy Chair, Royal Society of Edinburgh Energy Inquiry and Professor Jim Skea, Chair, Just Transition Commission and Co-Chair, Working Group III (Mitigation), Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Further confirmed speakers include: Tom Ballantine, Stop Climate Chaos Scotland; Rebecca Bell, Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage; Dr Sam Gardner, Scottish Power; David Kelly, BRE Group; Gordon McIntosh, Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group; James McKemey, POD Point; Nigel Miller, Farming for 1.5 Degrees Inquiry; Cllr Anna Richardson, Glasgow City Council and Mike Tholen, Oil and Gas UK.

The chair is: Claudia Beamish MSP, Member, Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee.

The agenda

  • The vision for 2032 - next steps for policy to tackle climate change;
  • Balancing competing priorities: tackling climate change whilst addressing energy supply, affordability, and support for Scotland’s economy;
  • The transition to a sustainable energy mix in Scotland;
  • Creating a just transition: promoting efficient, sustainable, and inclusive economic approaches;
  • Sustainable investment, green finance, and public-private collaboration; and
  • Meeting net zero in key sectors: emission-efficient agriculture, construction, and transport industries.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

This Scotland Policy Conference has attracted strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: The Scottish Government; the Scottish Procurement and Property Directorate; Transport Scotland; Marine Scotland Science; the CCC; the Health & Safety Executive; Historic Environment Scotland; Crown Estate Scotland; the ORR; the CMA; BEIS; and Defra.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Rebecca Lunn

Deputy Chair, Royal Society of Edinburgh Energy Inquiry

Professor Jim Skea

Chair, Just Transition Commission and Co-Chair, Working Group III (Mitigation), Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change


Michelle Ballantyne MSP

Convener, Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee

Claudia Beamish MSP

Member, Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee


Cllr Anna Richardson

City Convener, Sustainability and Carbon Reduction, Glasgow City Council

James McKemey

Head of Insights, POD Point

Rebecca Bell

Policy & Research Officer, Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage

Dr Sam Gardner

Head, Climate Change and Sustainability, Scottish Power

Tom Ballantine

Chair, Stop Climate Chaos Scotland

David Kelly

Director, BRE Group

Gordon McIntosh

Director, Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group

Nigel Miller

Co-chair, Farming for 1.5 Degrees Inquiry and Former President, National Farmers’ Union Scotland

Mike Tholen

Upstream Policy Director, Oil and Gas UK