Impact of climate change discussed in Edinburgh

14 March 2016

The Scottish Affairs Committee visits the University of Edinburgh and discusses climate change and decarbonisation efforts with experts.


Tuesday 15 March 2016, St Trinnean Room, St Leonard’s Hall, University of Edinburgh, EH16 5AY

At 10.30am

  • Matthew Bell, Chief Executive, Committee on Climate Change
  • Professor Jim Skea CBE, member, Committee on Climate Change

Attending the session

The event is free to attend, although tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, and are booked through Eventbrite.

Purpose of the session

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) give evidence at a session in Edinburgh. This comes shortly after the publication of the CCC's statutory advice to the Scottish Government on targets for reducing carbon emissions in 2028–2032. The Scottish Affairs Committee ask how Scotland's renewable sector helps the UK and Scotland meet targets for renewable energy and decarbonisation.

Chair's comment

Announcing the sessions Committee Chair, Pete Wishart, said:

"These sessions will give us a picture of the future of energy production in Scotland. Our visit to Orkney will show how wind power has developed to become a prominent part of the local energy supply. We will also see the innovation that is going on in Orkney, not just in developing wave and tidal power, but in building community projects that encourage us to think about the energy we use and the way it is produced.

This will provide a background to our session in Edinburgh were we will hear about the challenges ahead as the UK and Scotland look to meet targets for reducing carbon emission. We will be looking at what we have achieved so far, and how much more needs to be done to reduce carbon emissions across Scotland and the UK while ensuring energy supply is maintained in the future."

Further information

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