The Scottish Government has proposed to increase its greenhouse gas emissions target to achieve a reduction of 90% below 1990 levels by 2050. By doing so it seeks to “provide certainty to investors, businesses and communities and to create the conditions to maximise opportunities to export our technology innovations and knowledge as other economies make their low carbon transition.” The new targets will be ambitious, putting Scotland ahead of the rest of the UK in terms of its commitment to addressing climate change. They may offer opportunity for new international partnerships and the development of innovative technologies and industries but at the risk of new and higher costs.
This seminar asks the questions central to the issue of adopting these new targets in Scotland. How will the targets work in practice? Are reductions on this scale realisable? How can costs and risks be mitigated and benefits maximised? What should be the key elements of Scotland’s strategy?
The seminar will bring together experts in the fields of policy, finance, business and technology to discuss meeting the challenges this ambitious target will present, the risks arising from it and the considerable opportunities it may offer for Scotland as a global leader in new technology and services.
Prof Charles Hendry, University of Edinburgh Business School, BIEE President
Prof Karen Turner, Director Centre of Energy Policy, University of Strathclyde
Other speakers tbc
18.00 registration and coffee
20.00 Finish followed by networking drinks receptions