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Climate Emergency Series: Green Recovery

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Join us for the kick-off event to our Climate Emergency Series, Green Recovery, that will engage decision makers and other stakeholder as we discuss how we secure a net-zero future through a more inclusive and sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.  The Climate Emergency Series will include multiple thematic policy events in the run-up to when Scotland hosts COP26 in November 2021.

The Context

Our recovery will be an environmentally sustainable and green recovery. Everything we’re doing, whether it be on skills, business support, investment, is focused on sustainability and ensuring a just transition to net zero by 2045.

     - The Scottish Government Economic Recovery Implementation Plan, August 2020

The economic crisis caused by the global health pandemic has been unprecedented in the postwar history of the world, and so the response too, ought to match the scale of the challenge.  

As a founder nation of the WeGo Alliance, along with Iceland and New Zealand, much of the thinking on a bringing a wellbeing economy - an ethos of economic management prioritizing the wellbeing of people and planet ahead of a naked pursuit of economic growth - into fruition was already well-underway in Scotland.  

But now, after the worst global health crisis in a century and the worst economic collapse in over 300 years, to many it is an idea whose time has come. 

And in tackling the immediate economic challenges, there is also a need to foster that same urgency with the other emergency, blighting the planet - the Climate Emergency.  If we are to avert the environmental consequences laid bare in the UN IPCC Report in 2018, it is necessary to use this crisis to develop new ethos and to build resilience into our economy and our planet. 

The Scottish Government was the first in the world to declare a Climate Emergency and Scotland also has pioneering national waste management and land use strategies, an innovative Just Transition Commission as well as some of the strictest air quality and emissions targets in the world.  

But now is the time for bold and decisive action to build a resilient, circular economy that is not simply about the uncomplicated pursuit of growth but prioritises the growth of people and protects the planet.  

As Scotland's foremost political communications and events company, Holyrood is in a unique position to provide a platform to the many stakeholders who would wish to be involved in these discussions.

Key Issues We'll Discuss

  • Context: A Just and Green Recovery
  • Delivering Green Infrastructure and ensuring it is synthesized with the planning system at the outset
  • Developing Green Skills
  • Maximising Green Finance
  • Building a resilient, circular economy and cultivating proper waste management
  • Supporting rural economies to survive and thrive
  • Protecting and enhancing wildlife
  • Looking after, maintaining and building upon Scotland's 'Natural Capital' 
  • Securing a Just Transition
  • Achieving our net-zero targets through delivery of a Green Recovery

 

Speakers

  • Professor James Curran, Fellow, Scottish Environmental LINK (Chair)
  • Senior speaker confirmed from UN Partnership for Action on a Green Economy (PAGE)Senior speaker confirmed from UN Partnership for Action on a Green Economy (PAGE)
  • Gillian Martin MSP, Convener, Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, The Scottish Parliament
  • Duncan Clark, Head of Region UK, Ørsted
  • Craig McLaren, Director of Scotland & Ireland, Royal Town and Planning Institute 
  • Senior speaker confirmed from Scottish Salmon Producer's Organisation (SSPO)

Agenda

08:45   

Registration, Exhibition and Networking 

09:30

Welcome and Introduction from Chair 

Professor James Curran, Fellow, Scottish Environmental LINK (Chair)

Session 1: Ensuring a Just and Green Recovery   

09:45 

Senior representative, Central Government  

10:00   

Headline Sponsor 

  • Duncan Clark, Head of Region UK, Ørsted

10:15   

Main Stage Panel Discussion and Q&A

  • Senior representative, Central Government 
  • Duncan Clark, Head of Region UK, Ørsted
  • Gillian Martin MSP, Convener, Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, The Scottish Parliament

11:05 

Exhibition, Networking and Refreshments

Session 2: Themed Breakouts 

Breakout A: Delivering Green Infrastructure and Synthesizing with NPF4 

  • Craig McLaren, Director of Scotland & Ireland, Royal Town and Planning Institute 

Breakout B: Developing Green Skills 

Breakout C: Maximising Green Finance 

11:30   

First Breakout 

12:25   

Transition 

12:30

Second Breakout

13:25 

Lunch, Exhibition and Networking 

14:30 Session 3: Themed Panels 

Building a Resilient, Wellbeing Circular Economy 

Protecting & Supporting Local and Rural Economies and Wildlife to Survive, and Thrive (Panel Sponsorhip by SSPO) 

Protecting Scotland’s Natural Capital  

 Securing a Just Transition 

15:30

Exhibition, Networking and Refreshments

Session 4: All-Star Panel: Achieving Net-Zero Future Through Green Recovery 

16:00 

Main Stage Panel Discussion and Q&A

  • Senior representative, transport 
  • Senior representative, renewable energy
  • Senior representative, land use 
  • Senior representative, cities 

16:40 

Chair’s Closing Remarks 

Professor James Curran, Fellow, Scottish Environmental LINK (Chair)

16:45

Close of Even

Get In Touch

Book now or email or call Adam on 0131 285 1692

If you have an inspiring case study or a project that you think is relevant, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are always on the lookout for new speakers. 

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Date
19 Nov 2020
Venue
Online
Cost
Free To Attend
Rate available to private, public and third sectors
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