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The 2020 Climate Group is a business-led initiative which provides leadership and insight and stimulates collaboration across industry, commerce, government and civic society to work towards a collective vision of meeting Scotland’s ambitious carbon reduction targets and sustainable economic development.

Since forming in 2009, the Group has provided a platform for all sectors in Scotland to learn and share best practice and to come together to optimise business performance and environmental impact.


Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group is an independent initiative led by a non-executive board of eleven people, drawn from the Scottish business community and cross-sector partners, chaired by Lady Susan Rice C.B.E., one of Scotland’s most influential business leaders. The initiative is supported by the Scottish Government, which funds the organisation’s administration and communication activities alongside other partners. Currently, the secretariat is provided by the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI), one of four strategic collaborative partners:

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) – brings low carbon leaders and practitioners from business, finance and the public sector together to turn good ideas into reality. ECCI, part of the University of Edinburgh, engages with forward-thinkers and uses its network to help companies drive innovation into their supply chains and create new low carbon products and services. ECCI collaborates with government, enterprise and academics to help craft smart climate and energy policy and offers online learning programmes that build the capacity and skills required in a low carbon future and runs projects and initiatives to get businesses, organisations, individuals and systems seeking and implementing new ways of working towards a low carbon future. ECCI is the Secretariat for the 2020 Climate Group.

2050 Climate Group – a cross-sector group of young leaders, working to create a catalyst for youth leadership around low carbon Scotland and sustainability. The Group is currently supporting over 120 young leaders under the age of 30 through a development programme focused on empowering them to be agents of change. The 2050 Group was established by the 2020 Climate Group, in partnership with SEPA, Scottish Government, ScottishPower and Young Scot.

Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) – promoting Rewiring the Economy, a ten-year plan to lay the foundations for a sustainable economy. This is built on ten inter-connected tasks, tackled co-operatively by leaders in business, government and finance, to create an economy that encourages sustainable business practices and delivers positive outcomes for people and societies. CISL proposes to inspire new collaborations and bring about fundamental change in the global economy to this end and works closely with the 2020 Group in Scotland.

The Centre for Sustainable Practice and Living (CSPL) a collaboration between the University of Stirling and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). The Centre’s core objective is to inspire and empower communities to develop new pathways to achieve sustainable practice. This new interdisciplinary centre, based in the Stirling Management School, intends to establish a sustainability leadership programme to inspire leaders from across society to drive towards a more sustainable future.