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Climate Emergency Series: Green Recovery

19 November 2020 | 09:20 - 15:30

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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
  • Enhancing the Blue Economy to Secure a Green Recovery
  • Building a resilient, circular economy and cultivating proper waste management
  • Supporting rural economies to survive and thrive
  • Securing a Just Transition
  • Achieving our net-zero targets through delivery of a Green Recovery

 

Speakers

  • Professor James Curran, Chair, Climate Ready Clyde; Fellow, Scottish Environmental LINK and Former Chair, James Hutton Institute & Former Chief Executive, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) (Chair)
  • Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform
  • Asad Naqvi, Head, Secretariat, UN Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE)
  • Gillian Martin MSP, Convener, Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, The Scottish Parliament
  • Duncan Clark, Head of Region UK, Ørsted
  • Hege Sæbjørnsen, Country Sustainability Manager, IKEA Group, UK & Ireland
  • Professor Jim Skea, Chair, Just Transition Commission & Co-chair of Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
  • Dr Duncan Booker, COP26 Stakeholder Manager, Glasgow City Council
  • Ross Armstrong, Managing Director, Warmworks
  • Paul Olvhoj, Business Development Manager, Marine Services, Orkney Harbour
  • Craig McLaren, Director of Scotland & Ireland, Royal Town and Planning Institute
  • John Lauder, Deputy CEO, Sustrans; Executive Director, Sustrans Scotland, Northern Ireland & Republic of Ireland
  • Hamish Trench, Chief Executive, Scottish Land Commission
  • Sara Thiam, Chief Executive, SCDI
  • Iain Gulland, Executive Director & Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland
  • Hamish Macdonell, Director of Strategic Engagement, Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO)
  • Jim Brown, Director, Energy Skills Partnership
  • Joanne Allday, Strategic Business Development Manager, Port of Cromarty Firth
  • Professor Nicholas J P Owens, Director, Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) & Former Director, British Antartic Survey
  • Pete Ritchie, Director, Nourish Scotland and Convener of Scottish Environmental LINK Food and Farming Group

Agenda

09:20   

Start of webinar

09:30

Welcome and Introduction from Chair 

Professor James Curran, Chair, Climate Ready Clyde; Fellow, Scottish Environmental LINK and Former Chair, James Hutton Institute & Former Chief Executive, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) (Chair)

Session 1: Ensuring a Just and Green Recovery   

09:45 

Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform  

10:00   

How Do We Deliver a Green Recovery? 

Duncan Clark, Head of Region UK, Ørsted

10:15

Gillian Martin MSP, Convener, Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, The Scottish Parliament

10:25

Asad Naqvi, Head of the UN PAGE Secretariat, United Nations Partnership for Action on Green Economy (UN PAGE)

   10:35

Main Stage Panel Discussion and Q&A

  • Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform 
  • Duncan Clark, Head of Region UK, Ørsted
  • Gillian Martin MSP, Convener, Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, The Scottish Parliament
  • Asad Naqvi, Head of the UN PAGE Secretariat, United Nations Partnership for Action on Green Economy (UN PAGE)

11:00 

Break

Session 2: Themed Lightning Talks

11:10  Securing a Green Recovery: Planning, Green Infrastructure and Resilience

  • Craig McLaren, Director of Scotland & Ireland, Royal Town Planning Institute
  • Paul Olvhoj, Business Development Manager, Orkney Harbour Authority

11:30   Enhancing the Blue Economy to Secure a Green Recovery

  • Professor Nicholas J P Owens, Director (SAMS), Principal (SAMS UHI) and CEO (SAMS Research Services Ltd), Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)

11:45   Developing Green Skills 

  • Sara Thiam, Chief Executive, SCDI
  • Jim Brown, Director, Energy Skills Partnership

Questions & Discussion

12:20 

Lunch, Exhibition and Networking 

Session 3: Themed Panels 

12:50   Building a Resilient, Wellbeing Circular Economy 

  • Hege Sæbjørnsen, Country Sustainability Manager, IKEA Group, UK & Ireland
  • Iain Gulland, CEO, Zero Waste Scotland

Questions and Discussion

13:20   Protecting & Supporting Local and Rural Economies to Survive, and Thrive

  • Hamish Macdonell, Director of Strategic Engagement,
    Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO)
  • Pete Ritchie, Director, Nourish Scotland and Convener of Scottish Environmental LINK Food and Farming Group

Questions and Discussion

13:50   Securing a Just Transition 

  • Professor Jim Skea, Chair, Just Transition Commission & Co-chair of Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
  • Ross Armstrong, Managing Director, Warmworks

Questions and Discussion

14:20

Break

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

14:30 

Main Stage Panel Discussion and Q&A

  • John Lauder, Deputy CEO, Sustrans UK
  • Hamish Trench, Chief Executive, Scottish Land Commission
  • Joanne Allday, Strategic Business Development Manager, Port of Cromarty Firth
  • Dr Duncan Booker, COP26 Stakeholder Manager, Glasgow City Council

15:10 

Chair’s Closing Remarks 

Professor James Curran, Chair, Climate Ready Clyde; Fellow, Scottish Environmental LINK and Former Chair, James Hutton Institute & Former Chief Executive, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) (Chair)

15:20

Close of Event

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