ECCI selected to host a special Scotland-focused meeting of the Committee on Climate Change

22 January 2015

The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) has been selected to host a special Scotland-focused meeting of the Committee on Climate Change.

It is the first time the Committee has met outside of London.

The Committee on Climate Change, the independent body that advises the UK and devolved Governments on tackling and preparing for climate change, will meet tomorrow at ECCI’s low carbon hub – the UK’s most sustainable historic building.

The meeting comes on the same day as publication of the draft clauses of the parliamentary bill that will implement the promised new powers of devolution and follows PM David Cameron’s first visit to Scotland since last September’s referendum vote.

ECCI is a hub for the knowledge, innovation and skills required to create a low carbon economy. Located in Edinburgh, Scotland’s political centre and capital city, and building upon the best ideas from around the world, ECCI provides the place and space for low carbon leaders and networks from business, finance and the public sector to work together to deliver a low carbon future.

The meeting is a chance for the Committee to hear directly from a full range of Scottish stakeholders across government, NGO’s, business organisations, environmental conservation groups and academia.

In 2008 the Committee published its first major report entitled "Building a low-carbon economy – the UK’s contribution to tackling climate change". This recommended that the UK adopt a long-term target to reduce emissions of all greenhouse gases by at least 80% by 2050, in order to tackle climate change.

The ECCI hosts, amongst other residents (such as Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group business think tank), the secretariat for ClimateXChange, Scotland’s centre of expertise on climate change research and policy. ClimateXChange has worked closely with the Committee on Climate Change on many aspects of their work, not least monitoring indicators of climate change in Scotland.

The Committee is going to look in depth at how Scotland is decarbonising - Andy Kerr, ECCI

ECCI Executive Director Andy Kerr said: “We are really excited to be hosting the Committee on Climate Change. The Committee is going to look in depth at how Scotland is decarbonising. They are hearing from a great range of people with expertise from business, government, non-governmental organisations and academia, who will provide the Committee with a robust view of where Scotland is with its low carbon transition.“

This meeting will be open to the public.

The agenda is as follows:

08:30 – 09:00 Welcome & view from Scottish government on progress & challenges

09:00 – 09:45 Overview session: annual targets, policies, opportunities and challenges

09:50 – 10:30 Sector evidence session 1: Energy supply

Break

10:45 – 11:35 Sector evidence session 2: Energy efficiency and transport

11:40 – 12:25 Sector evidence session 3: Agriculture and land-use

Break

12:40 – 13:40 Behaviour change

Smith Commission

Following the referendum the Smith Commission was set up to produce recommendations for further devolution of financial, welfare and taxation powers to the Scottish Parliament. The ECCI community met to discuss how the findings might affect the work of the Centre and its residents and what further powers would facilitate sustainable low carbon growth, innovation and skills development in the private and public sectors.

The group included students, academics, resident enterprises and members of ECCI’s policy, skills and innovation project teams and was open to all residents.

The conclusions were published in ECCI’s blog: http://edinburghcentreblog.org and summarised in the Scotsman: http://www.scotsman.com/news/it-s-time-for-joined-up-thinking-on-carbon-1-3629833.