January 18, 2013
The Inaugural 2020 Climate Group Lecture, held on 9 January at St Paul’s and St George’s Church, Edinburgh, was the first in a series designed to support the 2020 Climate Group’s aim to bring together business, voluntary, academic and public sectors to share information and work towards a low carbon Scotland. An audience of more than 250 heard the Keynote speaker, Professor Joseph B Lassiter from Harvard Business School, gave great insights into the topic, ‘The Challenges and Opportunities of Cleantech and New Energy’. He acknowledged Scotland’s renewables and carbon commitment and covered various areas including issues and challenges internationally, renewables and subsidies, carbon emissions from China and India, nuclear power and the 1bn people without access to electricity.
Professor Lassiter then took part in a boardroom debate chaired by Dr Andy Kerr of the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation and which included Ian Marchant Chair of the 2020 Climate Group, John Swinney MSP Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, Wendy Alexander, Associate Dean, Degree Programmes and Careers Services at London Business School and Charles Hammond CEO of Forth Ports.