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Clean Growth Leadership Group

Our Clean Growth Leadership Group brings together business leaders and thought leaders who are committed to tackling climate change from business, industry, academia, local government and the public sector.

It was launched to explore how Scotland can deliver clean growth that increases our prosperity, while reducing our carbon emissions. Our ambition is for Scotland to be a global leader in innovation and sustainability. We want to maximise the economic opportunities of the transition to Net Zero. You can download our Statement of Vision and Principles below.

The Leadership Group is drawing on the expertise and experience of our partners, and the diversity of the wider SCDI membership from all sectors and all geographies. Our ideas are backed by business.

Phase 1: Green Recovery

We’ve developed a plan for Scotland’s Green Recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. You can download the report, Building Scotland’s Green Recovery, below.

It focuses on what government, as well as the public, private and third sectors, can do in the short-term as we look beyond lockdown to kick-start the economy, create new green jobs and accelerate our progress to Net Zero.


Building Scotland's Green Recovery


Statement of Vision & Principles


State of the Nation - September 2020


Phase 1: Impact and Success

We were pleased to see a number of commitments in the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government 2020/21 which aligned closely with our recommendations in Building Scotland’s Green Recovery. Positive developments included:

  • £100m Green Jobs Fund
  • £60m Youth Guarantee
  • £25m National Transition Training Fund
  • Support for expanding Community Wealth Building to more local authorities
  • Accelerated funding for energy efficiency and domestic retrofit programmes

We look forward to working with the Scottish Government, as well as the UK Government and other key stakeholders, to implement these new policies and to progress our interim report’s other recommendations to build a strong Green Recovery.

We’d also love to hear your feedback on the report and to work with you and your business, organisation or sector to make our big ideas a reality. We know it will take leadership, partnership and collaboration.

Phase 2: Clean Growth

We’ve kicked off Phase 2 of the project, which will culminate in a second report on Scotland’s Clean Growth opportunities looking beyond the recovery and the short-term. We’re now engaging with our members, partners and others to gather views and evidence.


What do you think are the major economic opportunities for Scotland to create jobs, increase productivity and fuel Clean Growth on our journey to Net Zero? Which policies, interventions, investments or regulations would help your business or sector to get there?

We want to hear from you to shape our recommendations. Send us your ideas to

We’ll also release more details about upcoming focus groups shortly.

*Partners support the reports of the Clean Leadership Group and provide extensive input to shape them. However, individual recommendations cannot be attributed to any single partner. SCDI takes full responsibility for the content and recommendations of all associated reports and publications.


Pictures from the Clean Growth Leadership Launch

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