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Grant Reilly


25th September 2020


Scotland’s Countdown to COP26

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

Date: Tuesday 03/11/2020

Time: 1000-1600

Location: hopin virtual platform

Cost: FREE to attend


This ‘Scotland’s Countdown to COP26’ event 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.

More speakers will be announced soon.

Chair - 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

Afternoon sessions will  be led by Scotland's Innovation Centres and focus on:

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

Health & Wellbeing session runs 1300-1500 and will be delivered by DHI, NHS NSS and PMS-IC. Join us to learn more about how digital health and care can positively influence climate change.

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