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Sustainable Scotland Network Conference

Around 200 professionals gathered yesterday, 1 November, at the Sustainable Scotland Network conference in Glasgow to discuss the vital role the public sector must play in contributing to Scotland’s climate change targets.

Conference delegates heard from key decision makers and practitioners about policy pathways to 2030, the critical role of stimulating low carbon behaviours, and the challenge of making sustainability systemic within organisations and society.

Following a ministerial message from Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, delegates heard from Matthew Bell, Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change and Professor Sir Jim McDonald of the University of Strathclyde on the journey Scotland needs to take between now and 2030 in order to become a low carbon, climate resilient country.

Andrew Darnton, independent behaviours specialist, and Heidi Hauf of Forum for the Future, both provided insights into how to encourage and stimulate low carbon behaviours, and how to achieve systemic change within an organisation.

Delegates also had the opportunity to attend one of nine parallel sessions, which covered a range of topics including: sustainable food, energy, procurement, climate change co-benefits and travel.

Commenting on the day, George Tarvit, Sustainability and Climate Change Manager at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said:

“This year’s SSN conference proved to be a key event for public sector sustainability and climate change professionals. With the Scottish Government due to publish the Climate Change Plan and an Energy Strategy soon, the event allowed SSN members, partners and a wide range of interested stakeholders to engage in early discussion about priorities for these key policy developments. The focus also on engaging with people and systems to scale up impact demonstrated the importance of working on behaviours in order to ensure effective policy implementation.”

 

Conference presentations and other materials from the event will be published online in due course.

02 November 2016

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