Business in the Parliament Conference 2020: Clean Growth Workshop

Tue 1 Dec, 11am

This event forms part of the Business in the Parliament Conference 2020.

Other workshops and the main conference link can be found below:

2 December – Institute of Directors in partnership with Womens’ Enterprise Scotland Leadership and Inclusion Workshop

3 December – YE Scotland Resilience and Recovery Workshop

4 December – Business in the Parliament Conference

In less than a year, the eyes of the world will be on Scotland as we host the next UN Climate Change Conference as the evidence of a changing climate becomes ever more apparent.

Scotland is committing to responsible global leadership on reaching Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions, with a new draft Climate Change Plan due to be published by the end of 2020.

This will require transformation across all sectors and all geographies of Scotland’s economy, and in our lives and lifestyles, on a scale and at a pace that we have not seen for generations.

Many Scottish businesses have been committed over many years to reducing their carbon footprint. Emerging from the ongoing economic storm, we need to build a green recovery and a pathway to Net Zero which increases resilience, productivity growth and innovation, and creates good quality jobs not only in new industries but across all the sectors of the economy.

SCDI Clean Growth Leadership Growth produced a report this summer on a Green Recovery Plan and will shortly be publishing its final report on how Scotland can realise the economic opportunities of a global journey to Net Zero, which the workshop will be able to discuss.


  • Dr Sam Gardner, Head of Climate Change & Sustainability, Scottish Power; Chair, Edinburgh Climate Commission; and Member, SCDI Clean Growth Leadership Group

Sam Gardner is the Head of Climate Change & Sustainability at Scottish Power where he is driving forward a program of work designed to ensure Scottish Power plays its full part in tackling climate change. He previously worked for WWF Scotland for the 12 years, most recently as Deputy Director, before that he enjoyed a period as Acting Director, was Head of Policy for five years and Senior Climate and Energy Policy Officer for five years. At WWF Scotland Sam led a team focused on securing lasting solutions to the environmental and climate change crises. His work has covered the introduction of the first Climate Change Scotland in 2009 and its implementation over the last ten years.

  • Clare Foster, Head of Clean Energy, Shepherd + Wedderburn and Board Member, RenewableUK

Clare Foster is Head of Clean Energy at Shepherd and Wedderburn (leading a group comprising more than 90 lawyers) and also leads the firm’s project finance practice. Clare is a dual qualified project finance specialist and has been involved in the energy sector since the early renewable projects of the mid-1990s. Clare advises clients on UK projects spanning the energy sector (including onshore, offshore and floating wind, biomass, energy efficiency, tidal, hydro, small-scale renewables and heat) and leads the team on most clean energy transactions. A commissioner for the Edinburgh Climate Commission, Clare is also on the Board of RenewableUK.

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