Benefits of the Low Carbon Economy: the Evidence from Scotland
On 23 September 2010 at the European Parliament Office in Scotland hosted a Scottish Government Ministerial Briefing on the evidence from Scotland of the benefits of an early transition to a low carbon economy, a key issue for the EU and the wider international community in the run up to the UNFCCC Conference in Cancun in December.
Stewart Stevenson MSP, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change in the Scottish Government set out his case that Scotland is acting as a model of international best practice in tackling climate change and has a world-leading statutory target of at least 42% emissions cuts by 2020. He argued that Scotland's positive experience strongly supports the economic case, made by UK, German and French Climate Ministers, for an early transition to a low carbon economy to deliver jobs, boost economic recovery and provide energy security.
The briefing was attended by representatives of the international community in Edinburgh, including the Edinburgh Consular Corps. It took place ahead of a debate in the Scottish Parliament on 'A Low Carbon Economy for Scotland', which took place later the same afternoon.