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Scotland's 2020 Climate Group

Hosted at ECCI, Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group was an independent, business-led initiative chaired by Dame Susan Rice.

It stimulated collaboration between industry, government and society to help Scotland reduce carbon emissions while growing a sustainable economy.

Scotland's 2020 Climate Group logo

The Group acted as a platform for all sectors to share best practice and work together towards sustainable economic growth.

Its influential network and events programme inspired real commitment among Scottish businesses to prioritise reduced emissions. The group also helped launch and nurture various other initiatives, including:

  • ECCI’s Ideas Lab: Scotland’s first low carbon business incubator
  • The 2050 Climate Group: Scotland’s leadership organisation for young professionals
  • Scotland Lights up Malawi: a campaign to support Scotland’s climate justice ambitions

The 2020 Group was set up in 2009 in response to the Climate Change Bill. This ambitious Bill set targets to reduce carbon emissions by 42% of 1990 levels by 2020, and 80% by 2050. The 2020 Group helped drive this agenda and Scotland is on track to meet the initial 42% target.

“The Group has played an important role in engaging businesses as Scotland has established itself as a world-leader in tackling climate change. Progress towards the 2050 target will be very challenging. It will require the full commitment of Scottish business and good collaboration with central and local government to deliver it.” Dame Susan Rice, Chair of the 2020 Group

Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group was dissolved in the spring of 2018.

ECCI, together with our resident partner Sniffer, currently delivers Scotland's largest network of public sector professionals, the Sustainable Scotland Network (SSN).