We are pleased to play a key role in the national journey to net zero emissions by 2045 - this involves reducing our greenhouse gas emissions as far as we can with the balance removed from the atmosphere. We reach net zero when the amount we add to the atmosphere is no more than the amount we store and capture, for example through peatland and soil restoration or tree planting. This is a huge task that will impact upon all of us, in how we live and work in the years to come.
A key contributor to greenhouse gas emissions is our energy systems. To address its contribution SOSE established the Energy Transition Group, bringing together a diverse range of partners and expertise across the public, private, education and third sectors. After six months extensive work we published the ‘Powering Change’ report, in March. This call to action for local businesses, organisations and partners will ensure the region maximises future energy opportunities– potentially leading to the creation of hundreds of green jobs.
The report calls on all organisations to work collectively to turn the plan into a reality and ensure the region takes up the opportunity to lead the way on this vital issue. It captures the shared ambition to maximise the benefits of working to decarbonise our economy, setting out a clear vision for 2045 and crucial future actions.
In November the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26,is scheduled to be held in Glasgow under the presidency of the UK.
We see this as an opportunity to spark the net zero conversation nationally and specifically here in the South of Scotland. Given our wealth of natural resources our region can play a critical role in the journey to net zero emissions by 2045. We also see this as an opportunity to provide a focus for inward investment and develop the skills required to deliver on this national endeavour.
We want to work with businesses, social enterprises and communities to encourage you to plan your net zero journey and showcasing to others to inspire them to act. We will be learning alongside you, starting with training all our Board and staff in carbon/climate literacy, as we are committed to becoming a net zero organisation.