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EDAS Conference 2021: Session 1 – Planet

May 12, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:15 pm

This is the first session of the EDAS Conference 2021, ‘Planet | People | Place: Scotland’s Climate Opportunity’. This 4-part conference is the headline event in our Climate Conversations Series, running throughout 2021 – 2022.

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This launch session, aims to explore the ambitions and implications of the net zero transition – globally, for Scotland and for Scotland’s economic development community.  COP26 will put Scotland and Glasgow on a global stage in November and this session will help set that global policy and business perspective, and position this in the context of how COP26 could help accelerate ambitions and action. 

The EDAS Conference 2021, ‘Planet | People | Place: Scotland’s Climate Opportunity’ series aims to be high calibre, action focused, participative, and contributive to the direction of travel, and opening of opportunities for those on the ground. 


Session Host: Martin Valenti, Head of Climate Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise

13:00    Welcome and EDAS Vision: Liz McEntee, Chair of EDAS

13:05    Opening Address – Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council

Audience Poll: To what extent is your organisation currently focused on helping businesses and other organisations transition to a net zero future?

Global to Local – A Strategic Overview

13:15   Chris Stark, Chief Executive Officer, UK Committee on Climate Change

13:30    Kersti Berge, Director of Energy and Climate Change, Scottish Government

13:45    Discussion 

Audience Poll: What is the biggest priority for Scotland’s economic development community during the 2020s in supporting a just, net zero transition?

14:05    BREAK

Global to Local – Seizing the Opportunities

14:10    James Kenny, Head of Global Affairs, Arup

14:25    Lindsay McQuade, Chief Executive Officer, ScottishPower Renewables

14:40    Discussion

Audience Poll: What roles do you think EDAS should play in this agenda?

A Call to Action

15:00    Martin Valenti, Head of Climate Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise

15:10    Liz McEntee, Chair, EDAS (Close 15:15)

Conference Session 1 Planet Speakers Bios and photos.docx (1)


We are delighted to offer these session free to EDAS Members. If you are unsure if you are a member, please contact [email protected].

Non EDAS member fees are £100 + VAT for this launch event and £50 + VAT for subsequent sessions. Non-members can purchase access to the entire series of conference events (saving £50) or register and pay individually. Upcoming sessions in the series include Part 2 – People, Part 3 – Place and Part 4 – Outcomes and Recommendations. 

Alternatively, you can join EDAS and take advantage of our membership benefits, please visit our website


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Alison Jones