Your charity for Scotland’s environment

147 delegates from 61 organisations attended the SSN Conference 2017. Chaired by Dr Lesley Sawers, the event took 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.
  • A raft of other proposals such as Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme, Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies and Regulation of District Heating.

As well as hearing from the plenary speakers, conference delegates attended breakout sessions looking at:

  • The role of the public sector in supporting Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP)
  • Re-thinking public bodies adaptation and sustainability duties using imagination and creativity
  • Switching on Scotland – challenges and opportunities of delivering the Electric Vehicles Programme
  • The Green Infrastructure Fund – developing strong projects to deliver multiple benefits
  • Chains and links to deliver sustainable supply
  • Aligning community and public-sector action on climate change

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

Janice Pauwels

Sustainable Development Manager

The City of Edinburgh Council

Kathryn Dapré

Head of Energy and Engineering

NHS National Services Scotland

SSN Steering Group Member

George Eckton

Partnership Director

SEStran (South East of Scotland Transport Partnership)

Dave Gorman

Director of Social Responsibility and Sustainability

The University of Edinburgh

SSN Steering Group Member

Chris Wood-Gee 

Team Leader Energy and Sustainability

Dumfries and Galloway Council

 Chair of SSN Steering Group

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