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2020 Group

The 2020 Group, was convened by Ian Marchant of Scottish and Southern Energy in December 2008. The Group is made up of around 20 leading figures from all walks of Scottish life, with expertise and influence, who have a strong contribution to make to delivering action on the climate change agenda.

The Group will advise on, and aim to make early progress towards, achievement of the outcomes and targets in Scotland's Climate Change Delivery Plan. It will aim to accelerate development, investment and action, and create the conditions under which Scotland's ambitious targets can be most effectively delivered.

he main aim is to help ensure that all sectors of Scotland's economy and civic society contribute fully to achieving Scotland's emission reduction targets for 2020, and, where relevant, the group will seek to liaise with other groups including the CoSLA Ministerial Climate Action Group to ensure alignment of actions and avoid duplication of effort.


  • To build on the work of the Climate Change Business Delivery Group and other climate change alliances to provide strong, visible leadership to Scotland's business and non-governmental communities to inspire them to do more to reduce emissions
  • To help drive innovation through partnerships and synergies between members
  • To advise on, and aim to make early progress towards, achievement of the outcomes and targets of the Climate Change Delivery Plan
  • To identify relevant action and opportunities, and collaborate, to bring benefits to the Scottish economy
  • To identify where the group can best target its resources and expertise to accelerate the development, investment and action required across the following areas: Heat, Electricity, Waste, Transport, Rural land use & forestry, Consumer behaviour & attitudes

Subgroup objectives

Public and Business Engagement

Objective: Positively influence and contribute to the Scottish Government's public engagement strategy on climate change.

Objective: Develop a clear and robust framework for businesses to access information and assistance to reduce climate impact.


Objective: Provide fresh thinking and new ideas on increasing the use of public transport and encourage the sustainable use of alternative fuels.


Objective: Review the effectiveness of present finance models and aim to create the best environment possible for innovative financial schemes to support the delivery of a 42% reduction in carbon emissions by 2020.

Built Environment

Objective: Consider in detail the delivery steps that must be taken to bring about a significant improvement in the energy efficiency of the existing privately built environment to ensure significant energy demand reduction by 2020.

This will include the consideration and an assessment of:

  • Existing targets
  • Delivery mechanisms
  • The delivery of national leadership
  • Identifying key milestones

Land Use and Forestry

Objective: Provide a clear focus on the importance of protecting and enhancing Land and Forestry use with regard to climate change and to promote sustainable land use.

Opportunities and Challenges

Objective: Review and evaluate the challenges and opportunities facing both the private and public sectors from moving to a low carbon green economy and carry out a review of the legislative framework that will need to be in place to facilitate these changes.