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Public Sector Estate Decarbonisation

16 June 2021


The Sustainable Scotland Network (SSN), in collaboration with the Scottish Government, Scottish Futures Trust and Edinburgh Climate Change Institute (ECCI) invite you to join us for an online member event exploring public sector estate decarbonisation.

The Climate Change Plan Update states “that the public sector can set a strong example of climate action and the Scottish Government will support them to take steps to reduce emissions.” Join us as we hear from a range of speakers on the challenges, opportunities and support available to the public sector to decarbonise their estate, on the journey to net zero.

Come along and find out about:

  • the £95m for decarbonisation of public sector buildings as earmarked in the Programme for Government (PfG) last year from Scottish Government, Energy & Climate Change Directorate,
  • the voluntary Net Zero Public Sector Buildings Standard launched by Scottish Futures Trust, supporting public bodies to meet their net zero commitments for new build and major refurbished infrastructure projects; and
  • the findings and recommendations from a collaboration project between University of Edinburgh and its Tier 1 contractors designed to close the performance gap between ambition and reality in public sector construction and building management.

The event brings together speakers working across these areas of expertise and aims to identity cross-over and synergy between the organisations. Delegates will have the opportunity to take part in Q&A sessions throughout the event.

Who should attend?

This event is open to all SSN members and colleagues working on energy, construction procurement, finance, investment, economic development and the green recovery.


  • 09:15 – 09:30: Join event
  • 09.30 – 09:35: WelcomeKathryn Dapré, Chair, Sustainable Scotland Network Chair & Head of Energy & Sustainability, NHS National Services Scotland
  • 09.35 – 10.00: Scottish Green Public Sector Estate Decarbonisation Scheme, Rach Anderson, Low Carbon Energy Project Manager, Energy & Climate Change Directorate, Scottish Government
  • 10.00 – 10.30: Net Zero Public Sector Buildings Standard, Jamie Goth, Associate Director, Scottish Futures Trust and Richard Lockhart, Associate Director, Scottish Futures Trust
  • 10.30 – 11.00: Building capacity for zero and low carbon innovation in construction and the built environment, SFC Climate Emergency Collaboration Project (University of Edinburgh). Jamie Brogan, Head of Innovation and Skills, Edinburgh Climate Change Institute, (UoE)
  • 11:00: Close


Rach Anderson, Low Carbon Energy Project Manager, Scottish Government

Rach joined the Scottish Government in 2017, initially working in Education Scotland focusing on programme management for a number of leadership courses available to teachers all across Scotland. Rach then moved to be part of the Programme Management Office for the development of the Scottish National Investment Bank. In March 2020 Rach joined the Directorate for Energy and Climate Change, focussing on the delivery of the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP). This year, Rach’s role within SG has evolved to focus on supporting the public sector in improving energy efficiency, decarbonisation and working towards the achievement of Scotland’s net zero targets.

Jamie Goth, Associate Director, Scottish Futures Trust

Jamie is a Chartered Engineer with 30 years of experience in climate change mitigation. He has worked in consultancy and public sector roles in the UK, EU and Lebanon. He joined SFT’s multidisciplinary Low Carbon (now Net Zero) Work Stream in 2013.

Richard Lockhart, Associate Director, Scottish Futures Trust

Richard is a commercial lawyer with over 15 years experience in originating, developing and delivering infrastructure investment models, programmes and projects. He currently leads on energy efficiency including developing and delivering the Non-Domestic Energy Efficiency Framework, Green Growth Accelerator and the Green Investment Portfolio.

Jamie Brogan, Head of Innovation and Skills, Edinburgh Climate Change Institute (ECCI), University of Edinburgh

Jamie’s key focus is on developing the partnerships and projects that ensure ECCI helps Edinburgh and Scotland to deliver some of the most ambitious climate targets in the world. Recently, he has been a key player in the setting up of the Edinburgh Climate Commission, which gathers together environmental experts from across the city to catalyse climate action for Net Zero.

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