From the outset, the Group had two key goals:
The creation of the 2020 Climate Group supported three main activities: Networking among individuals and organisations; Influencing activities by individuals and organisations; and Acting to develop, support and implement formal carbon reduction “projects”.
By 2015, the Group had nearly 150 members from around 100 different organisations and a distinct programme of activities and projects. An impact review identified 28 key initiatives which included a notable 2020 Group influence.
Based on members’ feedback, the foremost attribute benefit of the 2020 Group was the very strong network it created. Members noted that it brought businesses, the Government and the public sector together in a way that previous groups had not. The Group provided an umbrella under which people from different backgrounds and sectors could convene and take action with credibility on climate change. The network had strong influencing power and associated legacy benefits.
The impact report identifies specific benefits derived by project activities supported by the Group. Another impact area cited by members was the Group’s ability to influence wider civil society as well as the business community. The Group supported and produced influential events, ran seminars and knowledge shares on different topics and issues.
Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group is an ambitious initiative supporting Scotland to reach its carbon reduction targets. The Group made significant progress over the first 6 years, both through network engagement and in supporting the delivery of projects, and this continues to make a notable contribution to Scotland’s transition to a low carbon economy. It is this first curve that is the foundation from which the Group’s current activities stem and which set the direction of travel for a business community that is actively and meaningfully engaged in climate change and the transition to low carbon in Scotland and internationally.
To read the full report please download a pdf version here: A Report on the Impact of the Group’s First Curve