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Paul Winstanley CEO, CENSIS

As Scotland gets ready to welcome world leaders to Glasgow for the COP26 summit in a matter of weeks, a partnership of almost 30 organisations from across Scotland’s research, policy and innovation ecosystem will come together on 26 October to deliver a free, online conference, ‘Scotland’s contribution to COP26 – a joined-up ‘Just Transition’.

The conference will explore how tackling climate change and achieving net zero goals can be delivered hand-in-hand with the benefits and opportunities that create a wealthier, healthier and equal society. We will examine not only the speed and scale at which Scotland must move to generate new green economic opportunities and reduce the threat of climate change, but ensure no-one is left behind in the process, be that smaller communities and individual workers, or large geographic regions and entire industries. 

By bringing together over 70 speakers and participants from across science, technology, government and a variety of other sectors, the day includes contributions from everyone from senior politicians and policy influencers, to individuals making an impact day-to-day in their own organisations. For example, one of our panel sessions features Prof Jim Skea, Chair of the Scottish Government’s Just Transition Commission alongside Lynne McEwan of Bruichladdich, Europe’s first B Corp certified whisky distillery, part of a new global economic movement designed to benefit people, communities and the planet.

Our sessions will address important themes such as skills, building a circular economy, empowering young people, reducing the carbon footprint of the building industry, improving health outcomes and delivering sustainable economic growth for the Scottish economy.

So, please join us on Tuesday, 26 October from 9.30am for this important event. Let’s learn, share knowledge and commit to action by working together towards a ‘Just Transition’. Get the full details and sign up at

05 October 2021