Scotland's first citizens' assembly on climate change
Grounded in Scotland's Climate Change Act (2019), and with cross-party support, Scotland’s Climate Assembly is the first citizens’ assembly on climate change in Scotland, meeting to answer the question: ‘How should Scotland change to tackle the climate emergency in an effective and fair way?’.
Recommendations, based on evidence provided throughout the Assembly, are expected to cut across many policy areas, to ensure Scotland gets to net-zero by 2045. The final report, containing recommendations supported by the over one hundred Assembly Members, will be laid before Scottish Parliament in May; Government Ministers must publish a statement within 6 months, outlining how they will respond, just around the time of the Glasgow COP.
In Weekend 4, Kathryn Dapré, chair of SSN, and Stuart Stevens, Scottish Fire & Rescue, provided evidence about how key services are tackling the climate emergency.
Evidence about the importance of low energy design in schools was presented by Jonathan Hines from Architype, who also returned to the Assembly in Weekend 5 to answer additional questions about Passivhaus design in the public sector.
The recommendations are expected to have a significant impact on climate change policy in Scotland. You can register to observe the Assembly here.