11 October 2021

Supporting Scotland's Green Recovery Webinar

Free online event featuring Ivan McKee MSP, Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise and other industry leaders.

The 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow next month has presented a huge opportunity for Scotland's public sector to consider their role in supporting the Scottish Government's ambition for a net zero Scotland by 2045.

One of the four goals of COP26 is to consider ways of working together to rise to the challenges of the climate crisis. Public procurement is a key driver of Scotland's economy and its power to support positive change through collaboration has been proven time and time again.

With public sector organisations spending c. £12.6bn each year on goods, services and works, we have the opportunity to innovate and continuously improve our efforts to create ‘greener’ supply chains. This webinar will examine how Scotland's public, third and private sectors can work together to support our country's net zero ambitions.

Hosted by Hugh Carr, Head of Strategic Procurement at Scotland Excel, the webinar will kick off with a keynote address from Ivan McKee MSP, Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise who will also take questions from delegates.

We will hear more about how the Scottish Government's is leading climate change initiatives from Nikki Archer, Head of Procurement and Commercial Policy and Strategy.

Fiona MacDonald, Innovation Manager at Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) will take look at a 'cultural shift' which will realise the net zero potential of the construction industry.

Catherine Pendreigh, Food For Life Partnerships Manager at Soil Association Scotland will talk about the role of public food procurement in delivering a green recovery and a Good Food Nation.

Terry Hogg, Innovation Challenge Team Leader at Scottish Enterprise will discuss his organisation's support for the green recovery through its new national programmes.

The webinar will close with a live panel session featuring all four speakers where delegates will have the opportunity to comment or ask questions on the topics discussed throughout the event.

This online event opens at 1.45pm on 28 October 2021 and will last for approximately two hours.  Delegates can secure their free place by visiting Eventbrite.  Tickets are initially restricted to one per person, with a waiting list in place for any additional requests.