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SSN launched its new strategy at an online event on 16 September 2020. The event provided an exciting opportunity to share the aims, visions and programmes of the new strategy with SSN members and stakeholders. Delegates also heard from the Scottish Government on climate policy developments, as well as progress on climate leadership from SSN Chair, Kathryn Dapré. Keith Masson, Climate Change Officer, shared key learnings from The Highland Council's work in tackling the climate and ecological emergency, and Duncan Booker, COP26 Stakeholder Manager, provided an update on the UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, in November 2021.

Setting out the SSN Strategy

Project Director, George Tarvit, set out the vision, aims, and themes which will support members to drive forward climate action. The new strategy will see SSN support members under three key programmes:

Each programme will engage members and leaders in understanding the priority challenges and co-designing resources to facilitate public sector action on the climate emergency while supporting a resilient recovery from the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Key speakers

The event welcomed Sarah Hart, Head of Global Emergency Response Unit at the Scottish Government, who shared an update on the recent climate change policy developments around the Programme for Government, green recovery and the role of public bodies.

SSN Chair, Kathryn Dapré, Head of Energy and Sustainability at NHS National Services Scotland shared her thoughts on public sector climate leadership and some cautionary tales!

We were also joined by Keith Masson, Climate Change Officer at The Highland Council. Keith gave his insight into The Highland Council's response to the climate and ecological emergency and their new approach to tackling it.

Duncan Booker, COP26 Stakeholder Manager at Glasgow City Council provided an update on COP26, what we can expect, and how we can get involved.

SSN Strategy Launch Event - 16 September 2020 from Sustainable Scotland Network on Vimeo.

All information is available in the event slides and the full recording above. If you would like any more information or to discuss further, please get in touch - info@sustainablescotlandnetwork.org.

Full information on our strategy is available here.