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How can Scotland achieve its 2050 emissions reduction target?

How can Scotland achieve its 2050 emissions reduction target?


A panel of experts drawn from industry, academia and policy will discuss the Scottish Government’s aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 90% below 1990 levels by 2050.

The Scottish Government has proposed to increase its greenhouse gas emissions target to achieve a reduction of 90% below 1990 levels by 2050. By doing so it seeks to “provide certainty to investors, businesses and communities and to create the conditions to maximise opportunities to export our technology innovations and knowledge as other economies make their low carbon transition.”

The new targets will be ambitious, putting Scotland ahead of the rest of the UK in terms of its commitment to addressing climate change. They may offer opportunity for new international partnerships and the development of innovative technologies and industries but at the risk of new and higher costs.

This seminar, hosted jointly with the British Institute of Energy Economics (BIEE) asks the questions central to the issue of adopting these new targets in Scotland. How will the targets work in practice? Are reductions on this scale realisable? How can costs and risks be mitigated and benefits maximised? What should be the key elements of Scotland’s strategy?

The seminar will bring together experts in the fields of policy, finance, business and technology to discuss meeting the challenges this ambitious target will present, the risks arising from it and the considerable opportunities it may offer for Scotland as a global leader in new technology and services.

Coffee and registration from 18:00, events starts at 18:30 and will be followed at 20:00 with a networking drinks reception.


January 30
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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University of Edinburgh Business School
29 Buccleuch Place
Edinburgh, EH8 9JS United Kingdom


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