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Climate and Sustainability

'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 Opportunity 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.

The NetZeroToolkit is a project that came out of the Climate Opportunity Ideas Factory. Businesses work through eight comprehensive and scientifically sound steps that will build their toolkit. They will then commit to making meaningful changes that arise from this process setting themselves measurable and achievablve targets and this will support to play their part in combatting climate change. The toolkit will enable and help businesses to reduce their environmental impacts in line with the United Nations Environment Programme targets which call for a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions of 30% by 2025.

The aim is to attract 150 sign-ups to The NetZeroToolkit in the first year. This will be launched as a national campaign for mass action amongst businesses of all sizes which will be given added impetus and urgency by the staging of COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021.

The objectives of the project are to:

1. raise awareness of the need for businesses to quickly reduce their environmental impacts in support of national and international sustainability targets

2. build momentum for a national campaign that enlists many businesses

3. make it easy for businesses to measure, plan and deliver these changes by providing online tools, instructional events and workshops, and where needed referrals to expert service providers

4. rapidly and permanently reduce the environmental impact of Scottish businesses

For more information about The NetZeroToolkit contact our Director of Development, Hannah Schlesinger at  hannahs@scifest.co.uk