Following the Government's announcement of a climate emergency, we held a solutions-focused climate summit at our offices in August 2019 with representatives from over 30 organisations, including NGOs, businesses, local authorities and Government agencies. Producing literally hundreds of ideas, we published a document detailing some of the key priority areas for action and submitted this to Government. Since then, we have held further summits, and plan to continue these brainstorming meetings in the months ahead, via Zoom.

Our summits provide a space for motivated people from across the sectors to come together in a safe and open workshop environment to offer solutions to the climate emergency. These facilitated sessions are designed to use the collective expertise of participants to highlight purposeful actions, good practice examples and to influence policy making.

As of August 2020, we have held five summits, covering the following issues: 

  • Summit I: Shaping the Change: Building the World You Want to See.
  • Summit II: Financing the Transition, Tax & Subsidies.
  • Summit III: Nature-Based Solutions with Scottish Natural Heritage.
  • Summit IV: Construction with Zero Waste Scotland.
  • Summit V: Coronavirus & A Green Recovery with Zero Waste Scotland.

We have also held an extra 'focus workshop' on geopolymer cement, which allowed a detailed, specific look at issues surrounding cement, an industry which is responsible for c.8% of global carbon emissions. 



Five for the Future

Developed through the Climate Emergency Summit programme, Five for the Future encourages all organisations to ask the same five questions at the end of each event they run ahead of COP26. The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Hutton Institute, Scottish Natural Heritage, Young Scot and Scottish Enterprise have indicated a willingness to take part. Five for the Future will help generate a set of common answers, which in turn will help to shape an organisation- and society-wide set of key concerns. 

The five questions are:

  • What more could you/we do to reduce emissions more and quicker? 
  • What would you ask Scottish and UK government to do to support this?
  • What should the international community do that it is not currently doing?
  • Is there an issue you would like to see given more credence in this arena?
  • What bold step would you like to introduce to help cut emissions?

Responses can be filled out using the following form:

Five for the Future