Scotland’s Innovation Centres have teamed up with the Herald for a special, one-day, online conference to explore innovation, inclusive growth, cultural change around climate action, and ultimately, how collaboration could achieve national net zero targets.

Scotland’s Countdown to COP26 will mark one year until COP26, the UN climate change conference that will take place in Glasgow in 2021.  It will be first time a COP summit has met in the UK and will be the one of the largest events Scotland has ever hosted, so the eyes of the world will be on us. 

This conference will explore Scotland’s opportunity and how Scottish businesses and organisations can collaborate and respond in the run up to COP26. Opportunities exist to learn lessons from COVID-19 and take action to create a prosperous, safer, and greener world. Doing nothing is not an option: emission reductions witnessed in 2020 may just as easily rebound unless longer-term actions are established to bring lasting change.

This free, one-day conference is packed with plenary speakers, themed parallel sessions, presentations, panel discussions, Q&As, networking and virtual exhibitions.


Martin Valenti, Head of Climate Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise

Keynote speakers:

Kate Raworth, Senior Research Associate, Environmental Change Institute at University of Oxford
Peter Lacy, Senior Managing Director, European Strategy Lead and Global Sustainability Lead at Accenture

More speakers will be announced soon.

Afternoon sessions will focus on:

  • Built environment
  • Energy
  • Sustainable food from land and sea
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Sustainable industrial processes
  • Transport

Register for this event.

Visit The Herald for full details of this event, including an interview with the event Chair, Martin Valenti

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