Scotland Policy Conferences

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

Morning, Thursday, 23rd April 2020

Central Edinburgh

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This timely 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 Bill, following its passage through the Scottish Parliament.


Areas for discussion include:


  • Next steps 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;
  • Issues for key sectors - particularly energy - in reducing emissions, and the steps that will be necessary by industry, local government and others to move towards the new goals.

Speakers


There will be a keynote contribution from: Professor Jim Skea, Chair, Just Transition Commission, 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; and Cllr Anna Richardson, Glasgow City Council.


The chairs are: Claudia Beamish MSP, Member, Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee and Gillian Martin MSP, Convener, 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;
  • Enabling the energy sector to meet environmental objectives;
  • The transition to a sustainable energy mix in Scotland;
  • Creating a just transition: promoting efficient, sustainable and inclusive economic approaches; and
  • Meeting net zero in key sectors: emission-efficient agriculture, construction and transport industries.


Chair

Gillian Martin MSP

Convener, Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Speakers

Cllr Anna Richardson

City Convener, Sustainability and Carbon Reduction, Glasgow City Council

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

Professor Jim Skea

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

David Kelly

Director, BRE Group

Rebecca Bell

Policy & Research Officer, Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage

Claudia Beamish MSP

Member, Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee

Gordon McIntosh

Director, Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group

Mike Tholen

Upstream Policy Director, Oil and Gas UK