A panel of experts drawn from industry, academia and policy will discuss the Scottish Government's emissions reduction ambitions


How can Scotland achieve its emissions reduction ambitions?

📅30 January 2018
18:30 - 20:00 (1 hour 30 minutes)
Event fully booked


👤Rt Hon Charles Hendry (Chairman), President of BIEE and former Minister for Energy and Climate Change, UK Government

👤Keith Anderson, CEO, ScottishPower Renewables

👤Will Blyth, Associate Fellow, Chatham House and Director of Oxford Energy Associates

👤Chris Bronsdon, CEO, Eneus Energy

👤Katherine White, Head of Strategy and Projects, Energy and Climate Change Directorate, Scottish Government


The Scottish Government has proposed (under its forthcoming Climate Change Bill) 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, hosted jointly with the British Institute of Energy Economics (BIEE) asks the questions central to the issue of achieving long term emissions reduction targets in Scotland. 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.

Coffee and registration from 18:00, event starts at 18:30 and will be followed at 20:00 with a networking drinks reception.


University of Edinburgh Business School
29 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, Lothian EH8 9JS, United Kingdom

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