Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group has launched 14 key projects for 2014 – including the key Convention of Parties in Paris in 2015 – which have been identified as priority areas of work as the Edinburgh-based group continues to tackle climate change.
The group was formed to bring the private, public and third sectors together to address the Scottish Government’s plan to reduce carbon emissions by 42% by 2020 through its collaborative philosophy.
Set up in 2009, the Climate Group has 140 members across 100 Scottish businesses and organisations and is chaired by Iain Marchant, former chief executive of Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE) plc. Members include SSE, Lloyds, the Royal Bank of Scotland, the Edrington Group, Scottish Water, SEPA and Transport Scotland and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Scotland.
Marchant explained: “Our whole economy has been built on high carbon consumption, a path that has undeniably put the world under stress. We need to change the way people think, buy, build and live their lives, to a low-consumption society. Society must make this journey together.
“However, many businesses and organisations are struggling with that adjustment, looking at what disruption it will cause them rather than what opportunities it can give them.
“This is why we have issued our call to action. We all have to find our role in addressing the challenges of climate change, and for businesses this can definitely lead to positive opportunities.”
Victoria Barby, Project Director, added: “In collaboration with a range of key business leaders, we will prepare and publish a route-map blueprint document from Scotland’s business community to go to the Paris convention next year.
“We have dynamic, forward-thinking and influential members of the Group and by using their sector-specific skills, experience, knowledge and contacts we can demonstrate best practice and give people the tools to do it for themselves.”