ESIC - Edinburgh Sustainable Innovation Conference
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ESIC - Edinburgh Sustainable Innovation Conference

ESIC - Edinburgh Sustainable Innovation Conference

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We (The Buchanan Institute) are proud to be hosting the Edinburgh Sustainable Innovation Conference (ESIC) - which will be held on Monday 20th February 2017. We aim to redraft the rhetoric surrounding sustainability into a language that everyone can understand. Our focus will be on empowering people to take action into their own hands, to stimulate greater cooperation between public, private and educational sectors to enact real change. Turning the rhetoric into performance.


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It is becoming increasing clear that in order to maintain the health of our world, we must rethink our approach to business, the environment and each other. We must find balance within our practices of resource management to meet the growing demand for solutions to our environmental problems.ESIC presents an opportunity for people in and around Edinburgh to discuss innovative methods of sustainability to meet the governments' 2030 goals.


How can we achieve sustainability?


What image does the word sustainability conjure in you? Frantic recycling? Renewable energy? Conservation? It is much more than that; we aim to change to shift the focus away from the individual, government or company, and onto the connections, both within and between these groups. The concept of sustainability is too vast to tackle as a whole, because it is such a multifaceted issue that encompasses all areas of our lives. We have broken down the umbrella term into three areas where innovation and communication will be key.


1. Technological innovation:

There are groups in Scotland leading the world in groundbreaking technological innovations to tackle the issues we face; we will showcase but a few of these, such as the phenomenal research into tidal & wind energy that will put Scotland on the world sustainability map. As well as this we aim to show how we can better utilize the existing structures we have.


  • Peter Emery, CEO of Electricity North West and previous Executive Director of Drax Group PLC will be speaking on the challenges facing the UK electricity industry including a case study reference to the deployment of carbon capture storage technology.

  • Jim Stout, CEO and founder of ScreeTech and Bison, a ethical comsumption enterprise, will be running a workshop on how consumer power and change can drive better sustainable practice.

  • Neil Kermode, Managing Director of The European Marine Energy Centre, will be speaking on the advancement being pioneered in marine energy and the potential it possesses.

  • David Pearson, Director at Star Renewable Energy, will be speaking on the role district heating schemes and heat pumps have to combat heating-related carbon emissions including a case study of the Drammen district heating scheme in Norway.


2. Social sustainability:
Scotland has long been a world leader in social innovations & movements; George Buchanan, from whom we inherit our name, epitomises this completely. If we truly aim to achieve sustainability in our lives then we first must look inward, to develop more sustainable actions through our thought processes. Following this we look to our neighbours to encourage awareness of our actions. We want to show some of the fantastic work being done in this area both locally and globally.

  • Scene, a group strengthening communities through locally owned renewable energy projects, will be looking at the practicalities of and challenges faced by community energy projects.

  • Local Energy Scotland will be running a workshop showing how policy can have a role in pioneering and encouraging participation in decentralised energy programmes.

  • Philip McMaster Co-director, at the World Sustainability Organization, China will be skyping in from Beijing to speak on behavioural sustainability.

  • 2050 Climate Group, Scotlands youth climate group, will be running a workshop showcasing their approach to empowering young people to lead in the climate sector.


3. Sustainable policy:
The primary goal of The Buchanan Institute is to produce policy proposals with real-world, feasible applications; our work continually engages students in this. But we have limited insight into the current state of play surrounding sustainable/climate policy. The goal will be to backup the current social & technological initiatives with concrete policy to make it a reality.

  • Maurice Golden MSP, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, will be speaking on the relationship between sustainability and politics including challenges to overcome.

  • The Buchanan Institute ourselves will be running a major workshop engaging people in the policy process with support from Scottish Environment Link.

  • Jenny Hogan, Director of Policy at Scottish Renewables, will be joining us to speak on the role renewable energy policy has in bringing about a shift to a more sustainable Scotland.

  • Panel debate: We will have a panel debate looking at the challenges and opportunities that policy poses to innovation in the sustainability sector. Key speakers include Jamie Cooke, Elizabeth Dirth & more to come!


4. Sustainability in commerce:
There is limited scope to achieving sustainability without encouraging sustainable practices within industry, business and the economy. We must integrate the sustainability agenda into the pillars of capitalism if we are to have any hope of success. Once again Scotland sets a world-leading example with the work currently done looking at universal basic income and circular economy.

  • Jamie Cooke, Head of The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) Scotland will be speaking on the extensive work being done by the RSA on circular economy.

  • Eilidh Brunton, Vegware, will be speaking on how to encourage sustainable practices throughout a business model - The challenges & successes of VegWare.

  • Terry A'Hearn, Chief Executive of the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, will be speaking on how to bridge the gap between business and environment aims.
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