What is Scotland’s Climate Assembly?
Scotland’s Climate Assembly brings together 100 members of the public with the remit of responding to the question: ‘How should Scotland change to tackle the climate emergency in an effective and fair way?’.
The Assembly met for seven weekends over the past five months and members have deliberated on evidence from over 100 expert speakers.
How Did CRNS Contribute to the Climate Assembly?
CRNS CEO, Michael Cook, presented evidence to the Assembly outlining how Scotland should change how it manages its materials and resources to tackle the climate emergency in an effective and fair way. Michael was delighted to be given the opportunity to speak:
“It was a pleasure and a privilege to be able to speak to the members of Scotland’s Climate Assembly on such an important topic as the climate emergency and to argue the case for embedding the principles of a circular economy and zero waste as part of the solution to the problem.”
Assembly Interim Report Published
The Assembly’s Interim Report was laid in Parliament in March 2021, marking the start of the next stage of the Assembly’s work.
This initial report sets out 16 goals agreed by an overwhelming majority of members for tackling the climate emergency in a fair and effective way. These goals cover a broad range of issues including domestic heating, emissions, land use, taxation and the economy.
The Assembly’s Full Report with detailed recommendations will be published in May 2021 following the election of a new Scottish Parliament. Government Ministers must publish a statement outlining how they will respond within six months of the final report – just as momentum is building for COP26.