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28 January 2020 | Economy

Clean Growth Leadership Group kick starts Scotland’s journey to net-zero


Clean Growth Leadership Group kick starts Scotland’s journey to net-zero

SCDI’s Clean Growth Leadership Group has launched its work to develop a route-map to a net-zero Scotland with the release of its Statement of Vision and Principles.

The Leadership Group convenes partner businesses and organisations from the private, public and third sectors to respond to climate change, capitalise on COP26 in Glasgow and identify or develop policy solutions and innovations which can achieve the Scottish Government’s target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2045.

The Leadership Group has been created to answer a fundamental question which faces us in the new decade:

How can we grow the Scottish economy and increase our prosperity, while cutting our emissions and increasing sustainability?

Our Vision for 2045

The Statement of Vision and Principles declares:

“Scotland’s policy response must take a balanced approach between incentives and regulations to support individuals in every community as citizens, consumers and workers, and to support businesses in every sector and of every size as producers, providers and employers, to deliver net zero, manage the transition, improve the environment and benefit from the economic opportunities.

“By striking the balance between the conservation, restoration, and utilisation of Scotland’s rich land and water resources, and by better harnessing its renewable energy potential, we can be home to, and a global leader in, truly sustainable business.

“We can develop net zero technologies and expertise for export around the world, supporting the internationalisation and growth of our own economy while also playing our part as a responsible, outward-looking global citizen in the global effort to achieve global net zero.”

The statement concludes:

“This is what Scotland can be known for in the global economy of the future. Our work as SCDI’s Clean Growth Leadership Group will advance this agenda and develop recommendations to achieve our vision of a clean growth, waste-free, nature-rich future for Scotland.”


SCDI’s mission is inclusive and sustainable economic growth for Scotland. SCDI has a trusted reputation of balancing economic, social, environmental and political imperatives, acting as a critical friend, advisor and leading influencer to both government and business.

In an evolving policy landscape, and a fast-changing world of significant challenges and opportunities, SCDI is uniquely placed to create the platform required to coalesce all sectors and all geographies to position Scotland as a global leader in inclusive and sustainable economic growth.

How to get involved

The Leadership Group will produce a route-map report scheduled for publication in November 2020 which gathers its conclusions and recommendations.

To inform the development of this report, and to inform the national conversation on Scotland’s road to net-zero, we will complete a programme of events and engagements, including:

  • Seminars and events open to all members.
  • Online surveys and social media activity.
  • Focus Groups to gather views and evidence from members.
  • Interviews with key leaders, experts and stakeholders.
  • Regional engagement through our Highlands & Islands, North East and South of Scotland Committees.

Further details will be released shortly. Watch this space.

Our Partners

The Leadership Group brings together members of SCDI from academia, aviation, construction, energy, local government, social enterprise and beyond. Our partners are:

  • BP
  • City Building
  • Drax
  • Energy Saving Trust
  • Heathrow Airport
  • North Ayrshire Council
  • Perth & Kinross Council
  • Oil and Gas Technology Centre
  • Oil and Gas UK
  • Scottish Enterprise
  • Scottish Natural Heritage
  • ScottishPower
  • Scottish Water
  • Shell
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Zero Waste Scotland

Further information

Please contact: David Kelly, Policy Manager, david.kelly@prosper.scot.