This years' conference takes place amidst substantive developments in climate change policy, including:

  • a proposed new Climate Change Bill setting more ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction targets
  • publication of Scotland’s third Climate Change Plan, including emission pathways to 2032, expected 2018 following Parliamentary scrutiny earlier this year
  • the draft Energy Strategy which presents a vision for Scotland’s energy future until 2050; and
  • a raft of other proposals such as Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme, Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies and Regulation of District Heating.

Public sector organisations and partners have a critical role in initiating, aligning and leading the demanding changes driven by the emerging climate change policy landscape. The SSN Conference 2017 is an opportunity to navigate this landscape with network members, peers, partners and the Scottish Government to discuss and identify: 

  • where public sector action can enable broader and deeper impacts in line with national ambitions
  • how to initiate and align collaborative action with partners and key stakeholders
  • what is needed to mobilise strong public sector leadership that delivers action on climate change and sustainability and stimulates purposeful engagement on this pressing agenda across Scotland.

Conference Chair: Dr Lesley Sawers

Lesley is Deputy Chair of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. She was appointed Equalities and Human Rights Commissioner for Scotland in 2016 and is a Trustee of Glasgow Life. She has over 30 years’ experience across the private, public and charity sectors in senior and non-executive roles. Lesley is former Vice Principal and Pro Vice Chancellor for Business, Enterprise and Innovation at Glasgow Caledonian University and former Chief Executive of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry. She has also held leadership positions with Scottish Power and Royal Mail.

Lesley is an Honorary Professor at Glasgow Caledonian University and holds Honorary Doctorates from Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Strathclyde. After graduating in Economics from Glasgow University she gained a PhD at the University of Stirling.

SSN Chair: Chris Wood-Gee

This year's conference takes place amidst substantive developments in climate change policy which present new challenges and opportunities for public sector delivery on climate change duties. I'm looking forward to catching up with network members, especially from organisations new to climate change reporting. The annual conference provides a unique opportunity to network with peers from across the public sector. The SSN Steering Group is hoping to have a good turnout with representatives from each of the major player organisations attending this year.



Chris Stark

Director of Energy and Climate Change

The Scottish Government

Professor Jan Webb

Professor of Sociology of Organisations

The University of Edinburgh

Janet Whitley

Ingage Lead

The Scottish Government

Kathryn Dapré

Head of Energy and Engineering

NHS National Services Scotland

SSN Steering Group Member

Dave Gorman

Director of Social Responsibility and Sustainability

The University of Edinburgh

SSN Steering Group Member

To be announced


To be announced


Early Bird rates (until midnight Friday 1st September)

SSN Members: £50 + VAT

Non-SSN Members: £100 + VAT

Standard Rates

SSN Members: £90 + VAT

Non-SSN Members: £150 + VAT

Please contact Kathryn Duncan to discuss options for group bookings.

Parallel sessions

A choice of sessions will be available during the afternoon on a range of topics, including approaches to local energy plans and strategies and improving alignment on climate change action between the public sector and community groups.

All registered delegates will receive an email in September with further information and instructions for booking the parallel session of their choice.

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