Climate Change in Scotland: Meeting Emissions Reduction Targets

This event will examine priorities for the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill and share insights, learning and good practice around meeting the targets it contains.

The time is now

The Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill is currently making its way through Parliament with stage one having been completed earlier this month.

The Bill is hugely ambitious, with a proposed reduction in emissions of 90% by 2050. This has been considered as the “very limit of feasibility” and meeting these targets will require a significant transformation in how we build, travel, procure, generate energy, commute (or work ‘smart’), do business and more.

These open new opportunities for technology and industry but there is still a high cost associated with the transition to a low-carbon economy and some industries will require significant support to make the changes needed to meet targets. Support, collaboration and leadership will be crucial in achieving these targets – but what will this look like in practice and how can we ensure the transposition is a success?

Join us as we scrutinise priorities, challenges and good practice in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Scotland as well as how we can improve provision of support to effect real and lasting change.

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • The Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill
  • Getting to net-zero emissions
  • Impact of a low-carbon economy on equality and human rights
  • Affecting lasting behavioural change
  • Key challenges in the low-carbon transition


9:15 Registration and Refreshments

9:55 Welcome and Introduction from the Chair

Liam Kirkaldy, Journalist, Holyrood

10:00 Session 1: Priorities and Key Challenges

  • The Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill
  • Key challenges in the low-carbon transition and impact in key sectors
  • Impact of a low-carbon economy on equality and human rights

10:00 The Climate Change Bill: Ambitious, Credible, Responsible

Dr Sara Grainger, Head of Decarbonisation Delivery Unit, Scottish Government

10:30 Gillian Martin MSP, Convener, Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, Scottish Parliament

10:50 Questions and Discussion

11:10 Refreshment Break

11:30 Session 2: Getting to Net-Zero Emissions

  • Providing effective support to sectors as they decarbonise
  • Affecting lasting behavioural change
  • Measuring carbon emissions to meet ongoing targets

11:30 Energy Policy For A Decarbonised Economy: Opportunities and Challenges

The challenges and opportunities of effective energy policy:

  • Technology focused vs issue focused policies - lack of public ´buy-in´
  • The importance of a wholistic approach – benefits outside the energy system
  • Finding winners and losers - The just transition

Dr Christian Calvillo, Research Associate, Centre for Energy Policy, University of Strathclyde

12:00 Fostering Lifestyle Change, Not Behaviour Change

  • Interplay of policy, individual choices and habits
  • What is been done, what needs to be done

Shane Donnellan, Senior Behaviour Change Specialist, Changeworks

12:30 Questions and Discussion

13:00 Lunch and Networking

13:30 Session 3: Realising A Low-Carbon Future

  • Capitalising on innovation for a sustainable future
  • Balancing carbon neutral with carbon negative
  • Building and retrofitting infrastructure fit for 2050 and beyond

13:30 How can Planning Address Climate Change?

Robbie Calvert, Policy and Practice Officer, RTPI

14:00 Place-Based Climate Action

Jamie Brogan, Head of Innovation and Skills, Edinburgh Centre for Carbon innovation

14:30 Questions and Discussion

14:55 Chair’s Closing Remarks

Liam Kirkaldy, Journalist, Holyrood

15:00 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

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24 April 2019
United Kingdom



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