2020 Climate Group provides platform for launch of new Scottish green think-tank

Scotland's 2020 climate group logoScotland’s 2020 Climate Group is holding hold a summit – bringing together government, businesses, academics, non-government organisations (NGOs) and civic society – on 5 June to mark World Environment Day.

The event will also provide a launch platform for the new 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.

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.

Speakers include Professor Jim Skea, CBE, RCUK Energy Strategy Fellow and Professor of Sustainable Energy, Imperial College London

Ian Marchant, Chairman, Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group, said: “Since the Group was formed over five years ago, 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.

“However, 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.”


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