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Climate and Environment

'Scotland has everything it takes to show international leadership by charting a concrete path to carbon neutrality by 2045. With the 26th Conference of the Parties coming to the UK in 2021, it is time for Scotland to lay out this path.'

Christiana Figueres, Former Executive Secretary, UN Climate Convention

Take a look below at all of the things that Edinburgh Science, and our partners, are doing to help combat the climate crisis including our exciting Climate Opportunities Ideas Factory.

Plus, we've provided some tips to help you be a little bit greener at the Festival, on the go, and at home.

Edinburgh Science accepts that we are in a climate emergency and we are determined to show leadership in tackling the world’s climate crisis. Through our programmes we have a long-held commitment to bringing issues of environment and sustainability to the public’s attention and we are delighted to announce an expansion of this work through the Climate Opportunities Ideas Factory.  

Inspired by Christiana Figueres’ visit to the 2019 Edinburgh Science Festival we have convened a working group of senior leaders from business, academia, third and public sectors, and urged them to work collaboratively to help Scotland reach its ambitious climate targets.

Through the Climate Opportunities Ideas Factory we are encouraging, supporting and facilitating these leaders as they address the challenges and opportunities that the climate revolution will bring. The Climate Opportunities Ideas Factory will continue meet regularly and we are excited to work towards bringing innovative ideas into reality as we approach COP26 Glasgow in November 2021. Look out for announcements throughout the year. 

We would like to thank the many organisations involved in supporting this exciting and unique project, particularly our 2020 Programme Supporters and Founder Members.

For more information about the Climate Opportunities Ideas Factory contact our Director of Development, Hannah Schlesinger at

'Scotland has already halved greenhouse gas emissions while growing the economy and increasing productivity and employment. Our ambition now is to end our contribution to climate change, definitively, within a generation. It is encouraging to see Edinburgh Science bringing leaders from multiple sectors together to collaborate on being part of the solution.'

Roseanna CunninghamCabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform