Join us at 3ppp’s leading third annual Low Carbon Scotland conference.
Low Carbon Scotland 2016 Developing smart connected communities of tomorrow, today is a unique conference that will address Scotland’s current carbon position and allow us to hear from those leading and driving the policies and proposals. One of the main focuses of the conference is to discuss how public sector can reduce their carbon emissions, the current situation will be highlighted and a discussion surrounding how this can be improved and delivered will play an imperative part within the conference.
The Scottish Government published “Low Carbon Scotland, Meeting our Emissions Reduction Targets 2013-27″, the policy is a draft of the second report on proposals and policies (RPP2)
Paul Wheelhouse, former Minister for Environment and Climate Change stated,
“Scotland has the world’s leading climate change targets. With a target of 42% by 2020, we are ahead of the UK at 34% and well ahead of the EU at 20%”.
Good progress has been made, but Scottish Government does not shy away from the fact that this will be a challenge and they cannot do it alone.
"Partnerships” are vital in overcoming the challenges and in discovering new opportunities.
RPP3 is planned to lay a draft setting out proposals and policies for meeting targets to 2032 in Parliament towards the end of 2016. RPP3 will also set out proposals and policies to compensate in future years for the excess emissions from previous annual targets.
The draft RPP3 will be published after the next batch of annual targets, covering the period for 2028 to 2032, are set in legislation no later than 31 October 2016. Advice on the next set of greenhouse gas annual targets is expected from the Committee on Climate Change in March 2016, these targets and suggestions will be addressed at this years conference and our 2017 conference will study the RPP3 in greater detail, once published.
Scottish cities are currently exploring ways to harness the power of data and technology to make their cities a better place to live, work and play. Cities and their citizens generate a huge amount of data, which can be used in smart ways to achieve big things. A city is nothing without its people, so where better to explore how we can fuse open data and technology to make a real difference to lives of citizens. Technology can be used to make streets safer, making it easier for people to get more active and understanding how we can better use, save and generate energy. By making cities smarter, a free flow of traffic, smarter energy and less waste can all be adopted which will enable public services to focus on areas where they are most needed.
The Scottish Cities Alliance announced £10 million in European funding to make services in cities greener, smarter and more efficient. The collaboration is between Scotland’s seven cities and aims to use smart city technology to transform cities into world digital hubs. Projects involve intelligent street lighting, to reduce carbon emissions and transport management, which would involve analysing data collected by sensors to reduce congestion – these are just a couple projects that cities are looking at.
Investment and Cities Secretary, Keith Brown stated:
“Smart cities are the future and we want to make sure our cities are equipped to deliver for their citizens and for Scotland. This means being smart about how we use data and technology to improve services, promote innovation and empower people and communities.”
By making cities smarter automatically lowers carbon emissions within cities, this conference will underline an array of solutions and throughout the day a number of excellent case studies will be showcased.
Low Carbon Scotland 2016 Developing smart connected communities of tomorrow, today will be an opportunity for you to be part of this inspiring journey.