The Buchanan Institute proudly presents: Edinburgh Sustainable Innovation Conference
ESIC: The Edinburgh Sustainable Innovation conference is more than just a talking point. It embodies the transformation and committment in the Scottish sustainability movement. Building a platform, with support from the RSA Scotland and the 2050 Climate Group, that will help bring environmental and socially viable solutions to the forefront of our lives. Engaging proactive young people in stimulating a two way communication between experienced professionals and politicians with the student body.
- Major themes & plenaries
1. Technological innovation:
We cannot reach a sustainable industrial system without significant technological innovation and implementation thereof. We intend to showcase but a few of the many groups actively pushing forward the boundaries we face to advancement as well as 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 has a unique viewpoint on the challenges facing the UK electricity industry including a case study reference to the deployment of carbon capture storage technology. Not to be missed!!
Neil Kermode, Managing Director of The European Marine Energy Centre, will be sharing the pioneering advancements taking place in marine energy and the potential this new renewable energy resource offers the world.
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 successful Drammen district heating scheme in Norway.
2. Social sustainability:
George Buchanan’s, from whom we inherit our name, work and influence in the Scottish Enlightenment embodies the rational self-reflection and capacity for progress we all have. 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 and break the image of detachment present today
Philip McMaster, Co-director, at the World Sustainability Organization, China and founder of Peace Plus One, is a fascinating man with a unique approach to tackling climate change through behavioural change at a fundamental level will be contributing from Beijing via video call,
3. Sustainable policy:
The primary goal of The Buchanan Institute is to find policy solutions to real-world problems faced today. Our work focues on actively involving students in this process at an early stage. No pragmatic solution to such a great dilema can exist without contribution from policymakers, industry stakeholders and the wider public.
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.
Maurice Golden MSP, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform. Prior to being elected, Maurice led the Circular Economy Programme for Zero Waste Scotland. He has fifteen years’ experience working in the waste and energy sectors previously working for Ofgem and Consumer Focus. He will be looking at the policy background to circular economy.
4. Sustainability in commerce:
There is no hope in achieving sustainability on an international scale 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 serves a shining example to the world with projects concerning universal basic income, consumerism and the circular economy.
Eilidh Brunton, VegWare, works right here in Edinburgh to encourage sustainable practices throughout a business model 'The challenges & successes of VegWare'.
UPDATE: Terry A'Hearn, Chief Executive of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, will regretfully no longer be able to make it due to extended jury duty.
Jo Green, Chief Officer for Performance & Innovation at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency will be talking on how to bridge the gap between business and environment aims as well as a brief tour through SEPAs 'One Planet Prosperity' model.
- Workshops (Morning & afternoon)
Consumerism in action:
Jim Stout, founder of ScreeTech & BISON - a social enterprise based in Edinburgh providing motivation and radical transparency for citizen power at the checkout, driving corporate change for sustainable and ethical products. They will be presenting their initial project promoting sustainable palm oil and looking for input around their future plans.
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.
Heating Things Up:
David Pearson and David Townsend will be teaming up with a great 'investment style' workshop looking into their respective technologies to provide decarbonised heating.
Circular Economy in Scotland:
A workshop led by Aurora Sustainability founders of Green Grow Mushrooms, looking at practical approaches to encourage a true circular economy in Scotland.
The 2050 Climate Group, Scotlands youth climate group, will be showcasing their innovative approach to tackle climate chance by equipping young people with the skills and knowledge necessary to lead in the climate sector.
An Artistic Climate:
Creative Carbon Scotland, will be looking at the role of culture in addressing climate change as well as showing some of the fascinating projects they have going on at the moment.
The Buchanan Institute and EUSA will be running a major policy workshop with an open format to introduce people to the complicated world that is the 'policy landscape'. With reference to key policy areas and the help of relevant experts we will open the floor to suggestions to solve a series of policy problems currently tackled today in Scotland.
To round the day off we will hold a panel debate summarising the key themes of the day, major areas highlighted by YOU to be important. The floor will be opened to the audience for an in-depth Q & A session. Sitting on the panel we will welcome Jamie Cooke, Head of RSA Scotland, Jenny Hogan from Scottish Renewables and Isabella Guerrini from Aurora Sustainability.
Drinks Reception at Hemma.