Can you help accelerate tech that enables climate action in Scotland?

The RSE, SCDI, BT Scotland and ScotlandIS have launched a call for views and plan for engagement as they start work on a new research report.

Are you active in climate tech, or do you know organisations that are part of this rapidly growing industry? Do you have ideas for how Scotland can harness tech to support and enable climate action? If so, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please send information, views, suggestions and expressions of interest to David Kelly at SCDI by April 16th.

Tech that supports and enables climate action are technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions or address their impacts. Due to the global Climate Emergency, it’s a rapidly emerging sector in which Scotland has real strengths and opportunities. This research will focus on digital technologies, such as AI, data, IoT, Digital Reality and Blockchain, that can be applied to deliver Net Zero emissions.

With Scotland hosting the COP26 summit later this year, the organisations are working to bring into focus the tech opportunities for Scotland from Net Zero and clean growth. BT has launched its Green Tech Innovation Platform for scale-ups, with Glasgow company iOpt one of the first two businesses selected. ScotlandIS recently published a report on Scotland’s Climate Tech activity and is hosting a new Climate Tech Knowledge Hub.

The research will build on an assessment of Scotland’s capabilities and case studies to explore our opportunities to develop, harness and export tech to address Net Zero priorities at home and internationally – and make policy recommendations on how to do this.

Themed workshops will take place in early May, and the final report will be launched in June.

The partners have previously collaborated on four digital policy research reports, the most recent of which directly led to the creation of Scotland’s first AI strategy, published this week.

Contact David Kelly at SCDI for more information and submissions