Low Carbon Scotland 2019 in June is a must-attend event for anyone concerned about the effects of climate change.

Titled ‘Driving the transition to a zero-carbon economy’, it’s a unique conference that will address Scotland’s current carbon position and hear from those leading and driving the policies and proposals.

One of its main focuses will be how the public sector can reduce its carbon emissions. The current situation will be highlighted and a discussion on how this can be improved and delivered will play a central part in the conference, with some world-leading technologies, innovations and examples of best practice showcased.


In 2009, the Scottish Parliament passed the most ambitious climate change legislation anywhere in the world at the time and in May 2018 the Scottish Government introduced a new Bill that increases that ambition even further.

The new Climate Change Bill proposes a 90% reduction target for all greenhouse gases, which means net zero emissions of carbon dioxide by 2050 – in other words, Scotland will be carbon neutral. In February 2018 Scottish Government published its statutory Climate Change Plan, which sets out the actions it will take to reduce emissions by 66% by 2032.

Tackling climate change is a moral responsibility but it’s also an economic opportunity. Low carbon technologies will revolutionise the global economy and, in order to grasp these opportunities, we must act quickly and with purpose – or be left behind.

Scotland’s ambitious plans cannot and should not be delivered by Government alone. Every household and every organisation have a role to play. LCS’s aim is to enable and support the changes required now as well as stimulating the innovation and creativity required for the future.

Of course, LCS can’t predict with certainty exactly how they will achieve all of their ambitions through to 2032 and don’t know how global and regional market forces will evolve or how some technologies will develop. Its role is to chart a path through this uncertainty – putting the welfare of our people, the health of our economy and the protection and enhancement of our natural environment at the heart of our transformation.

The Climate Change Plan is a step along this path.

Everyone can make a difference at some level, whether in the home, the workplace, or in schools, colleges and universities.

Understanding how and why we behave the way we do is crucial.

The Scottish Government provides resources such as Climate Conversations and Greener Scotland – Let’s Go Greener Together – to help us understand why climate change is an issue and what we can collectively do to reduce our own impacts.

Scotland is a world leader in tackling climate change and the country’s transition to a more prosperous, low carbon society is already well underway.

Partnerships between all sectors are vital to overcoming the challenges and in discovering new opportunities to help create the future that we all want for Scotland.

Paul Wheelhouse, the Minister for Energy Connectivity and the Islands will once again deliver the keynote address at this year’s sixth annual conference in June at Edinburgh’s Dynamic Earth.

He will be joined by the Herald and Herald Business HQ’s Climate for Change campaign which will chair the morning session and is the media partner for the day.

For more information about joining us in June at Low Carbon Scotland please visit our site www.low-carbonscotland.scot


The Herald’s Climate for Change initiative supports efforts being made by the Scottish Government with key organisations and campaign partners. Throughout the year we will provide a forum in The Herald newspaper, online at herald.scotland.com and in Business HQ magazine, covering news and significant developments in this increasingly crucial area.

If you are interested in contributing editorially or interested in becoming a Climate for Change
partner, please contact Stephen McTaggart on 0141 302 6137 or email stephen.mctaggart@heraldandtimes.co.uk

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A non-departmental public body of the Scottish Government oversees environmental regulation, monitors and reports on the state of the environment, raises awareness of environmental issues, and resolves environmental harms. 




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