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SSN Event: Regional Partnerships for the Future

13 December 2018


Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation

High School Yards, Edinburgh EH1 1LZ

Regional Partnerships for the Future – Accelerating Climate Action

Regional Partnerships are proving effective tools to scale up action, trigger significant investment and stimulate inclusive growth across Scotland. How can we ensure they are low carbon and climate resilient? SSN shines a spotlight on the key role of the public sector at this event.

This member event is designed to help stimulate and inform ambitious climate action and identify partnerships to scale up action and investment.

An informal reception will follow, co-hosted with the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation/Connected Clusters. Registered attendees will receive a separate invitation to the reception.

Our objectives:

  • Establish SSN supported Action Groups to take key issues and themes forward.
  • Increase understanding, expertise and know-how, as well as build broader confidence and opportunities for leadership among our members.
  • Stimulate and inform members’ plans and projects including to identify potential partnerships and collaboration.
  • Convene high-level leadership, peer-to-peer support and enable members to discuss and showcase their work.

Routes forward – creating Action Groups for 2019

We’ll use the discussions and insights over the course of the day to help inform our future work and priorities. Our aim is to establish a small number of thematic ‘Action Groups’, to be announced at the end of the day. These groups will drive further strategic exchange and learning among members, and they will be supported by the SSN Secretariat, Steering Group and external expertise. The Action Groups will be focused, with clear objectives, limited to a six-month lifespan and review, and guided by the SSN Secretariat. We’ll share the final outputs and findings with the network and relevant external actors. Attendees will have a chance to sign up on the day and take work forward.

Prep time!

To help you get your head around some of the critical themes of the event, we're sharing reading materials that are linked to the key themes – you can find them here.

Workshop sign up

Participants are invited to attend two workshops in the afternoon sessions – selecting from five workshop themes. Please contact Lucy Crockert ( and indicate which workshops you would like to attend, for the first (60 minute) round and second (25 minute) round. New attendees can select workshops on the registration page here.

This event is for SSN members and invited guests. For further details or questions please contact us at: The programme is available below and thematic reading material and links are available here.

PROGRAMME: Regional Partnerships for the Future – Accelerating Climate Action

Please note: this programme is still being finalised so some details/timings may change slightly.

11.00am-11.30am Arrival and networking

11.30am-11.45am Welcome

  • Prof Simon Kelley, Head of School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh
  • Ruth Wolstenholme, Managing Director, Sniffer
  • Chris Wood-Gee, SSN Chair

11.45am-12.45pm Opening Plenary – Unlocking the Potential: Governance, Finance & Connection

  • Prof Andy Gouldson, Professor of Environmental Policy, University of Leeds, & Chair of Leeds Climate Commission
  • Andy Kerr, Executive Director, ECCI
  • Robert Nicol, Chief Officer - Environment and Economy, COSLA

Chair: Ragne Low, Chair, Sniffer Board 

12.45pm-1.15pm Panel Debate – Panellists to share their own insights & responses to the speakers followed by Q&A and discussion

  • Kathryn Dapré, Head of Energy & Sustainability, NHS National Services Scotland
  • Duncan Booker, Chief Resilience Officer, Glasgow City Council
  • Janice Pauwels, Sustainable Development Manager, the City of Edinburgh Council

1.15pm-2.00pm Lunch, exhibition and networking

2.00pm-3.30pm Workshop sessions: The Tools for Realising Rewarding Partnerships

First session workshops from 2.00pm-3.00pm (60 minutes)

  1. Financing Sustainable Cities, findings of the Climate KIC report with John Watt, Senior Partner, Annequin Associates
  2. Powering City-Region Deals with Louisa Harvey, Economic Directorate, Scottish Government and Ian Bray, Area Manager – Forth, Scottish Natural Heritage
  3. SECAPs – Fostering better partnerships, governance and reporting with Bryan Harris, Sustainability and Climate Change Manager, Dundee City Council
  4. Value of Partnership in Climate Ready Clyde with Kit England, Manager, Climate Ready Clyde & Sonia Milne, Project Officer, Glasgow City Council
  5. Merits in Upscaling: LHEES Pilot Scheme with Lynn Forsyth, Energy & Climate Change Directorate, Scottish Government and Faye Wade, University of Edinburgh

Themed workshops, with a leader to introduce the issue and facilitate discussions, supported by additional expertise where possible. A member of the SSN secretariat will help co-facilitate and record key points and pick up on leading issues to help inform the Action Groups.

Second session workshops from 3.05pm-3.30pm

Above workshops repeat (25 minutes) and participants switch.

3.30pm-3.45pm Break

3.45pm-4.30pm Closing Plenary – Implementation and Acceleration

  • Colin Seditas, Delivery Unit, Decarbonisation Division, Energy & Climate Change Directorate, Scottish Government
  • George Tarvit, Director, SSN Round up, identification of recommendations, Action Groups, next steps etc
  • Round up and reflection, Action Groups, next steps

Chair: Andy Kerr, Executive Director, ECCI

5.00pm onwards ECCI/ConnectedClusters networking reception (separately ticketed)

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