Low Carbon Scotland 2015: Towards a successful, sustainable tomorrow Conference February 2015

Low Carbon Scotland 2015: Towards a successful, sustainable tomorrow, today is a unique conference that will address Scotland’s current carbon position and allow us to hear from those leading and driving the policies and proposals. The main focus of the conference is to discuss how public sector can reduce their carbon emissions, the current situation will be highlighted and a discussion surrounding how this can be improved and delivered will play an imperative part within the conference. The Scottish Government published “Low Carbon Scotland, Meeting our Emissions Reduction Targets 2013-27″, the policy is a draft of the second report on proposals and policies (RPP2). Scotland has given themselves a very ambitious climate change target with a 42% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Environment and Climate Change stated “Scotland has the world’s leading climate change targets. With a target of 42% by 2020, we are ahead of the UK at 34% and well ahead of the EU at 20%”. Good progress has been made and ministerial colleagues across government are taking forward action on issues which help cut carbon emissions in areas such as energy efficiency, district heating, cycling infrastructure, electrical vehicles and charging points and this focus will continue with a cross government approach. Good progress has been made, but Scottish Government does not shy away from the fact that this will be a challenge for Scotland and the government cannot meet the climate targets alone. Local authorities, third sector, private sector, families, communities and individuals all play a paramount role in achieving a sustainable and low carbon Scotland. “Partnerships” are vital in overcoming the challenges and in discovering new opportunities. The conference will underline an array of solutions that can assist in reducing carbon emissions and throughout the day a number of excellent case studies will be showcased. Low Carbon Scotland 2015: Towards a successful, sustainable tomorrow, today will be an opportunity for you to be part of this inspiring journey.



There are many policies, papers and strategies currently in Scotland, which are all addressing and driving towards the reduction of carbon emissions and creating a sustainable Scotland. Many of the current policies and other important focus areas will be discussed at Low Carbon Scotland 2015 but the conference will pay particular focus to the “Low Carbon Scotland: Meeting our Emissions Reduction Targets 2013-27″ which was published on the 27th June 2013. The RPP2 makes it clear that is the responsibility of many parties to reduce carbon emissions:- government, business, civic society, households etc and through the RPP2 the Scottish Government sets out its strategy as to how co-ordinated action will be taken to reduce emissions across all sectors and how the costs and benefits are shared. The report on proposals and policies states clearly, the measures and challenges that Scotland will have to overcome to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions

Topics/Areas to be covered

Energy – “Towards Decarbonising Heat” – how low carbon heat can reach more households, businesses, communities and a framework for the investment in the future of heat for Scotland

Transport – Transport Scotland recently announced the “Annual Business Plan 2014-15″ which highlights the aims for Transport Scotland in seeking to deliver a safe, efficient, cost effective and sustainable transport system which benefits all individuals in Scotland

Homes and Communities – By 2016 Scottish Government is aiming towards a fuel poverty free nation, not one Scottish individual will be living in fuel deprivation. Local authorities have designed area based schemes to target fuel poor areas and government, local authorities, the voluntary sector and energy companies are working together to achieve the 2016 goal

Business and Public Sector – Scotland has nearly 310,000 enterprises extending from construction, enterprise, manufacturing, service providers and retail organizations to mention a few. Public sector includes Scottish government and executive agencies such as Transport Scotland, Scottish Enterprise, 32 local authorities and 22 NHS Boards – The energy efficiency plan includes a Scotland wide target to reduce energy consumption by at least 17%

Waste – By Scotland changing the ways in which resources are managed and to increase the usage of natural resources helps immensely with the ambitious climate change targets

Rural Land Use – the carbon footprint of every farmer and land manger has to be assessed and by 2027 both farmers and land managers will have optimised the usage of natural resources. More planting of trees will be a major focus, 100,000 hectares of planting by 2022 and peat land will be conserved. Farmers will produce more fresh produce and deliver these public goods

All focus areas are vital in creating a low carbon society, the targets are set until 2027 within this policy, but there is always room for fresh ideas and knowledgeable information. Low Carbon Scotland will discuss other areas such as funding, delivery and monitoring and the importance of behavior and culture change, as it is a key driver in ensuring that all Scots are on the same sustainable pathway. The RPP2 is applauded and we are all delighted that Scotland is at the top of the European league table for emissions reductions

Speakers Confirmed
Keynote Speaker : Paul Wheelhouse – MSP

Minister for Environment and Climate Change

Keynote Address: “Meeting Our Emissions Reduction Targets”
Progress to date on proposals and policies on how Scotland can deliver its statutory annual reductions in greenhouse gas emissions for 2015-2027

Vivienne Cockburn, Low Carbon Director

The Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) is an independent company, established by the Scottish Government in 2008, with a responsibility for delivering value for money across all public sector infrastructure investment.
SFT operates at arm’s length from the Government but works closely with the public sector to seek and deliver improved value for taxpayers.Vivienne’s presentation will focus on “Best Practice” and “Knowledge Transfer” from the following key areas:
· Infrastructure Investment
· Street Lighting
· Non Domestic Energy Efficiency
· District Heating
Gregor Paterson-Jones, Managing Director Energy Efficiency

The Scottish public sector accounts for a sizeable percentage of Scotland’s CO2 emissions but more importantly the Green Investment Bank (GIB) recognises the role Scotland has to play in stimulating the market for a variety of technology interventions. GIB have therefore developed specific funding products with value “beyond the money” to support the Scottish public sector as they seek to uncover hidden value.Typically these are found in four types of projects:
· Building retrofits (e.g. lighting, insulation, glazing)
· Onsite generation (e.g. CHP, renewable heat, heat pumps)
· Industrial process (e.g. motors, pumps, kilns)
· Infrastructure (e.g. street lighting, heat networks, transport, smart meters)

Kathryn Dapre, Energy and Climate Change Manager within the Facilities Directorate

A Strategic Approach to Energy Efficiency across NHSScotland

NHSScotland Boards have had a reasonable degree of success in reducing energy consumption and GHG emission in order to meet Scottish Government climate change targets. However, there is now widespread consensus that most of the ‘quick wins’ have gone. To achieve 2020 and 2050 targets, NHS Boards must be more proactive in implementing ‘spend to save’ measures and must take a more holistic approach to reducing energy consumption at their premises

Alan Crooks, Sector Specialist – Energy for Resource Efficient Scotland

Jim Hayton, Policy Manager – Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers

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Details about the Conference can be found at http://www.low-carbonscotland.co.uk/

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