“As we leave Glasgow, our code word is going to be implementation, follow-up and follow-through” – John Kerry, United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate
A year on from COP26 in Glasgow, the focus must move to tangible delivery if we are to achieve our ambitious climate goals.
As the first nation in the world to declare a climate emergency, and with significant net-zero targets, Scotland is recognised as a global climate leader.
Scotland has the climate recovery ambition, but with challenging 2030 targets to reach to address both the climate and nature emergency, now it is time to deliver.
In the midst of this ‘decade of delivery’, delegates joined Holyrood for our annual Climate Emergency Summit.
The event showcased examples of best practice from across Scotland and its public sector, demonstrating how we can translate climate targets into climate action.
- Day one looked at how we can reach net-zero within the most challenging sectors in Scotland including: housing; transport; energy and buildings; and agriculture.
- Day two explored the ambitious targets and action being taken to address nature in the climate emergency crisis, and develop Scotland’s green finance and the circular economy.
Across the two days we:
- Discussed what progress Scotland is making relative to its ambition on both the climate and nature crises; identified policy and delivery gaps; and outlined what can be done to accelerate the transition in these areas
- Explored how Scotland’s public sector can move from developing net-zero strategies to delivering them
- Outlined sectoral pathways to 2030 and beyond
- Made the explicit link between the climate and nature crises, recognising that we cannot solve the climate crisis without also tackling the crisis in nature
- Highlighted Scotland’s role on the world stage as a global climate leader and exemplar of net-zero ambition, innovation and thought-leadership
- Shone a spotlight on climate resilience and adaptation, not just mitigation.