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Scotland is Leading by Example - Reflections on the UN Climate Change Conference

The Scottish Green Energy Awards, which take place this week, highlight the innovation and commitment of the people, organisations and communities that drive the success of our renewable energy sector.

Indeed the theme of “lead by example” is currently high on the First Minister’s agenda, having received an unprecedented invitation to present at the recent UN Climate Change Conference, alongside the President of the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23), the UN Climate Change Convention Executive Secretary and the Mayor of Bonn.

Lynette Purves, a lawyer in Burness Paull’s renewables team and a trustee of Scotland’s 2050 Climate Group, made her second consecutive appearance at the conference. Held in Bonn earlier this month, she presented on the 2050 Climate Group’s Young Leaders Development Programme.

The programme (a finalist for the Contribution to Skills Award at this year’s Scottish Green Energy Awards) couples climate change education with leadership development for around 150 young professionals each year, empowering them to be leaders in the transition to a low carbon economy. Now in its second year, COP23 was the ideal opportunity for the group to further explore and build upon their internationalisation proposals.  

The main focus and outcome of COP23 was the creation of practical guidelines for the Paris Agreement (the so‑called “book of rules”) in order to ensure trust between the parties in the way they report, organise and cooperate in their national and international climate action.  These guidelines are to be finalised at the 2018 conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland.

In her speech, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon stressed the need to turn the ambitions of the Paris Agreement into reality by urgently making specific pledges and agreeing the operating manual for limiting global temperature increases to well below two degrees Celsius, adding that “Scotland is determined to lead by example”.

On her return from the conference, Lynette reflected: “There is clearly much work to be done between now and COP24 (and beyond), and I look forward to seeing all that can be achieved by the parties, nationally and internationally, in the years to come.”

Lynette is a lawyer in our renewables team and a volunteer trustee with the 2050 Climate Group.

To contact Lynette, please click here

28 November 17