Join 3ppp (Public-Private-Partnerships) in partnership with Low Carbon Club at this years fifth annual projects conference.
Action to mitigate climate change is a key component of the Scottish Government’s aim to create a growing, sustainable and inclusive economy. The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 set world-leading greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets, including a target to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050.
Low Carbon Scotland 2018 Driving the transition to a zero carbon economy is a unique conference that will address Scotland’s current carbon position and allow us to hear from those leading and driving the policies and proposals. One of the main focuses of the conference is to discuss how public sector can reduce their carbon emissions, the current situation will be highlighted and a discussion surrounding how this can be improved and delivered will play an imperative part within the conference with some world leading technologies & innovations of best practice to be showcased to our delegation.
On 5 September 2017, the First Minister launched the Programme for Government 2017-18, which sets out bold commitments to decarbonise our economy and places Scotland firmly at the forefront of the global fight against climate change. The Scottish Government will establish a Just Transition Commission to advise Scottish Ministers on the move towards a low carbon economy.
The Low Carbon Scotland 2017 conference focused on the proposals for a new Climate Change Bill which was an update on Scotland’s already pioneering climate targets, this was in response to the Paris Agreement which will send a clear, long-term signal that this is the best place in the world to invest in low carbon business.
The ‘Climate Change Plan’ to be published in early 2018 will provide certainty to businesses and investors about how we plan to reduce emissions over the 2020s and early 2030s. The message is clear – this Government is determined to create a world-leading low carbon economy and we want business and investors to share our ambition.
Scotland’s potential – the low carbon economy
The rapid increase in the availability of technology provides specific strategic opportunities for business to grow and for higher skilled, more rewarding jobs in the low carbon economy.
Investing in the low carbon economy – an opportunity as much as an obligation:
There is increasing recognition of the wider economic and social benefits that come with the move to a low carbon economy, such as new jobs, improved air quality, and positive health outcomes. The low carbon economy now supports over 58,000 jobs in Scotland and generates over £10 billion in turnover. Recent analysis by the International Finance Corporation indicates that the 2015 UN Paris Agreement will help open up $23 trillion worth of opportunities between now and 2030.
Energy efficiency and fuel poverty:
Our ambitions to improve the energy efficiency of Scotland’s buildings are also central to our efforts to tackle fuel poverty. That’s why this year we will introduce a Warm Homes Bill to set a new statutory target for fuel poverty and determine how supplier obligations in relation to energy efficiency and fuel poverty are designed and implemented in Scotland.
Scottish Government looks to Invest a further £60 million to deliver innovative low carbon energy infrastructure solutions across Scotland, such as electricity battery storage, sustainable heating systems and electric vehicle charging. This will build on the momentum generated by the European-supported Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme and will benefit consumers, communities and businesses up and down the country.
Warm Homes Bill:
We are committed to tackling fuel poverty and improving the energy efficiency of Scotland’s buildings. As part of our long-term Fuel Poverty Strategy, we will introduce a Warm Homes Bill to set a new statutory fuel poverty target to help ensure that progress is made on these issues, and that support is given to those who are most in need of help to heat their homes.
We will accelerate our work on Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP), to be rolled out from 2018. SEEP makes energy efficiency a national infrastructure priority and seeks to decarbonise heat provision over the long-term.
Its multiple benefits include:
- providing more affordable energy for consumers.
- creating a market for energy efficiency services and technologies, with an estimated 4,000 jobs supported each year once the programme is fully developed.
- substantially reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
We will continue to invest in energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation over the next four years, publishing a SEEP Route Map to set out our long-term ambition. We will develop financial mechanisms to attract private sector investment and we will build on our successful SEEP pilots, with £11 million available for further pilots in this financial year to test different approaches to energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation.
In addition, we will:
- seek the views of owner-occupiers on improving the energy efficiency of their homes, including the role of standards and the use of financial and fiscal incentives.
- consult on detailed proposals for Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies and regulation of district heating and develop, if appropriate,
- a wider SEEP Bill for later in this Parliament.
- confirm the introduction of new energy efficiency standards for the private rented sector (PRS) to ensure that tenants are able to enjoy homes that are warmer and more affordable to heat.
- introduce changes to improve the condition of PRS properties, ensuring that every private tenant is able to live in a safe and good quality home.
Responding to the independent review of the planning system, the Bill will ensure a greater focus on delivering the development Scotland needs with the infrastructure to support it. There will be a simpler, more effective system of development plans, to set a clear view of how areas will develop in future. Procedures for preparing plans will be improved and communities will have better opportunities to influence the future of their areas.
We will deliver at least 50,000 affordable homes over the lifetime of this Parliament, 35,000 of which will be for social rent. More than £1.75 billion is being allocated to councils over the next three years to deliver our ambitious target.
The Bill will contain provisions on smart ticketing on public transport in Scotland and to tackle obstructive and inconsiderate parking. It will also enhance and improve the role of the Scottish Road Works Commissioner and the wider regulation of road works and provide local transport authorities with a viable and flexible set of options to influence the provision of bus services in their area to better meet local users’ needs.
Scotland’s travel and transport system – cleaner, greener and healthier
While we will increase our focus on the opportunities that technological change is delivering, we will also continue to deliver improvements in traditional infrastructure that deliver real economic benefits and improved connectivity.
We will also commence work for the second Strategic Transport Projects Review in the Dumfries and Galloway area. This will include looking at the access to the ports at Cairnryan.
We are investing more than £1 billion annually in public transport and other sustainable transport options to encourage people to use an alternative to their cars while delivering the largest transport investment programme that Scotland has ever seen.
Some of the actions that will take place, include the following:
- Doubling investment in active travel from £40 million to £80 million a year from 2018-19.
- Identifying a public body to bid for the next ScotRail franchise contract and setting out the next steps in preparation of the bid.
- Creating a Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) in one of our cities by the end of next year – and working with local authorities to introduce LEZs into our four biggest cities by 2020 and to all Air Quality Management Areas by 2023.
- Expand our electric charging infrastructure between now and 2022, whether in rural, urban or domestic settings. Easy access to smart and rapid charge points will mean ‘range anxiety’ will be a thing of the past in Scotland.
- A bold new ambition on ultra-low emission vehicles, including electric cars and vans, with a target to phase out the need for petrol and diesel vehicles by 2032, underpinned by a range of actions to expand the charging network, support innovative approaches and encourage the public sector to lead the way.
- We are investing more than £1 billion annually in public transport and other sustainable transport options to encourage people to use an alternative to their cars.
We are continuing with our programme to allow all journeys on Scotland’s bus, rail, ferry, subway and tram networks to be made using some form of smart ticketing or payment. The entire ScotRail network is smart-ready and ScotRail continues to develop and deliver smart ticketing products.
Driving technological and digital innovation:
New and existing technologies are transforming whole sectors of our economy. We want to harness this change for the good of all of Scotland, deliver a step-change in productivity and safeguard Scotland’s reputation as a leader in innovation.
We will do this by driving the proliferation of digital infrastructure for the good of all businesses and households and supporting the development of world-class tech-clusters in Scotland.
Enabling innovation – digital and connectivity infrastructure:
As just one example, in 2015, 75% of internet users in Scotland reported that they used the internet to buy goods and services online in the past three months. Increasingly, much of this is done through mobile devices.
We cannot afford to wait for the UK Government to match our ambition, even though this is a reserved policy area. We will pursue the UK Government and Ofcom to implement changes to UK-wide policy and regulation which have the potential to improve broadband and mobile coverage in Scotland – and press for Scotland to get its fair share of UK funding and investment to enhance connectivity.
No matter their response, by 2021 we will ensure that Scotland is fully digitally connected. In the coming year, we will:
- exceed our target of 95% of properties having access to fibre broadband.
Scottish Government recognise the important role of the public sector in Scottish civic life as a provider of services and as a major employer and procurer of goods and services. Consequently, Scottish Ministers expect our public bodies to lead by example in combatting climate change and make a valuable contribution towards achieving our ambitious emission reduction target of 80% by 2050.
"Partnerships” between all sectors are vital in overcoming the challenges and in discovering new opportunities to help create a better future that we all want for Scotland.
Low Carbon Scotland 2018 Driving the transition to a zero carbon economy will be an opportunity for you to be part of this inspiring journey.