Scotland’s Climate Assembly secretariat has engaged with a variety of stakeholders and partnered with them to organise a number of sectoral events. During these events, experts, academics and citizens interested in a specific sector would reflect on the Assembly’s relevant recommendations and how to tackle climate change in an effective and fair way.
Scotland's Climate Assembly Report and the Cultural Sector
This event took place on 29 June 2021 and was co-hosted with Creative Carbon Scotland and Culture for Climate Scotland. At the event, Assembly members and practitioners of Scotland’s cultural sector had the opportunity to reflect on how cultural organisations and individual artists are already responding to the climate challenge, and how that response can be developed in future. The key Assembly recommendations chosen as topics for discussion were 20-minute neighbourhoods, carbon labelling and carbon literacy, the circular economy, and measuring success. After an introduction on the Assembly and its recommendations by Susie Townend, Head of Secretariat, attendees heard presentations from Joyce McMillan, columnist and theatre critic, Claire Dufour, the Creative Climate producer at Creative Dundee, from Adam McDougall of the National Theatre of Scotland, from Kate V. Robertson of the Circular Arts Network, and from Scott Morrison of the Scottish Ensemble. Discussions were then continued in breakout rooms. You can read about the event’s key findings and takeaways, see the brilliant live illustrations of some of the discussions, and watch videos of the presentations here.
Image below credit Jenny Capon.
Shaping the Future for Agriculture, Land and the Food System in Scotland with Scotland’s Rural College
This event on 17 November 2021 was co-hosted with Scotland’s Rural College. Experts and attendees came together to discuss next steps for the future of land use policy. After an introduction on the Assembly by Susie Townend, Head of Secretariat, attendees heard presentations on the Assembly’s recommendations on land use and biodiversity from Professor Davy McCracken, on farming support and policy from Steven Thomson and on food and diet from Professor Mads Fischer-Moller. After these presentations, attendees and speakers split up into smaller groups to discuss next steps in more detail. Four talented live illustrators accompanied these engaged and lively discussions and you can see one of the results below. You can also watch a recording of the event here.
Image below credit Jules Scheele.
Net Zero Buildings with Good Homes Alliance and Passivhaus Trust
On 23 November 2021, we co-hosted an event on ‘Net Zero Buildings’ with the Good Homes Alliance and the Passivhaus Trust, chaired by Lori McElroy, Smart Resilient Cities Professor at University of Strathclyde. At this event, expert speakers and attendees explored Scotland’s opportunity to become a leader in transforming its built environment to tackle the climate emergency. After an introduction on the Assembly and its recommendations by Susie Townend, Head of Secretariat, attendees heard presentations on the performance gap by Julian Brooks, Programmes Director at Good Homes Alliance; on embodied carbon by Dr Ruth Saint, Director at Building Research Solutions; and on Passivhaus standards by Sarah Lewis, Research and Policy Director at Passivhaus Trust. Attendees discussed in detail the three presented topics in smaller groups. Again, the brilliant live illustrators accompanied the process. You can watch a recording of the event here.
Image below credit Alice Dansey-Wright.
The People's Proposals for Planning, Places and Transport with the Royal Town Planning Institute
This event took place on 25 November 2021 and was co-hosted with the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), chaired by RTPI convenor Barbara Cummins. Experts, practitioners and attendees came together to discuss Scotland’s Climate Assembly’s recommendations on planning, communities and transport, each providing their unique lens to explore opportunities, gaps, and next steps. After an introduction on the Assembly and its recommendations by Susie Townend, Head of Secretariat, attendees heard presentations on travel and transport by Prof Iain Docherty, Dean for the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Stirling and Member of the Stewarding Group, Scotland’s Climate Assembly; on 20-Minute Communities by Robbie Calvert, Policy, Practice and Research Officer, RTPI Scotland; and on Standards and Regulations by Stuart Mearns, Heads of Planning Scotland. Notably, Robbie commented on the Assembly’s report during his presentation:
“Congratulations to everyone who has been involved with this. I think it is a really interesting read and I encourage everyone to read it. I think it provides some excellent ideas and I think it also just goes to show what we can achieve when we are bold and imaginative with what we can do with community engagement and of course given the correct investment that it needs.”
Similarly, Stuart made the following positive remarks:
“I was hugely impressed with the report. It’s comprehensive. It really hones in with precision on particular points. That makes it helpful, easy to understand and to see the application [of the report]. I am obviously delighted to see the recognition of the role that planning can play across a number of areas.”
After these insightful presentations, attendees engaged in a question and answer session and exchanged their views on where Scotland needs to go next in terms of its planning and transport policy. You can see a visualisation of the event below, and watch a recording here.
Image below credit Jenny Capon.
The Transport Research Institute Meets Scotland's Climate Assembly
This event took place on 30 November 2021 and was organised by the Transport Research Institute (TRI), Napier University. Attendees heard a series of presentations on transport policy issues in Scotland and had questions answered directly by the academic presenters. Prof Pat Langdon, Director of TRI, chaired the event and introduced the Scottish transport policy landscape; Susie Townend, Head of Secretariat, Scotland’s Climate Assembly, introduced the Assembly’s relevant recommendations; Prof Achille Fonzone spoke on the impact of Covid-19 on public transport; Prof Adrian Davis spoke on the issue of collating robust evidence and having officials act on it; Dr Greg Fountas presented evaluations of traffic safety interventions in Scotland and abroad; Dr Jonathan Cowie spoke on the policy implications of ‘greening the last mile’; and Susan Tully spoke on the allocation and reallocation of space. Again, a live illustrator accompanied this dynamic event and you can see a timelapse here. Look out for further details on this event on the TRI’s blog, where they will also upload a recording of this event.
Image below credit Rosemary Cunningham.