The SSN Annual Conference 200929th October, Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh
The eighth annual Sustainable Scotland Network (SSN) Conference took place on 29 October 2009 at Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh. The event attracted more than 250 delegates, bringing together leading politicians, academics and representatives from public, private and voluntary sectors to debate the concept of sustainable economic growth and the practicalities of a transition to a low carbon economy.
|John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth|
|Professor Tim Jackson, Sustainable Development Commission & University of Surrey|
|David Kennedy, Chief Executive, Committee on Climate Change|
|Peter Vadasz, Mayor of Gussing, Austria|
|Ian Marchant, Chief Executive of Scottish and Southern Energy / Chair of the Climate Change Business Delivery Group|
|Stephen Boyd, Assistant Secretary, Scottish Trades Union Congress|
|Colin Mair, Chief Executive, Improvement Service|
|Councillor Derek MacKay, Leader of Renfrewshire Council|
|Robin Presswood, Business and Strategy Manager, Fife Council / Chair of SLAED|
|John Barrett, Programme Leader, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)|
|Adrian Gillespie, Director for Energy and Low Carbon Technologies, Scottish Enterprise|
|Jan Bebbington, Professor of Accounting and Sustainable Development, University of St Andrews|
In particular, the conference focussed on the period of change from now to 2020, as we attempt to navigate a smooth and just transition to a lower-carbon, more sustainable economy. The Scottish Government's purpose is "to focus government and public services on creating a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth". Scotland's Climate Change Act has commited Scotland to a transition to a low carbon economy, with a 2020 target for substantial cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. The SSN Conference 2009 explored the implications and opportunities of these policy and legislative drivers for Scottish local authorities.
Listen to the SSN Conference 2009
- You can download audio recordings of the Conference's speakers on the Programme page.
- Speakers' PowerPoint presentations are also available on the Programme page.
- Listen to interviews with delegates and speakers on the Podcast page.
View the SSN Conference Poster Display
The conference poster exhibition captured examples of the work currently being undertaken across Scotland's 32 local authority areas to progress sustainable economic development. You can download the posters via the Poster Display page.
About Sustainable Scotland Network
The Sustainable Scotland Network (SSN) is the network of sustainable development officers and advocates from Scotland's 32 local authorities. Core funded by the Scottish Government, SSN supports information sharing, training and communication within and between local authorities, towards the aim of mainstreaming sustainable development. Our work focuses on four main themes: Best Value; Climate Change; Local Ecological and Carbon Footprinting; and Sustainable Procurement.