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Sustainable Growth Agreement with Scottish Environment Protection Agency

July 7th, 2017 Posted by News No Comment yet

Thursday 6 July marked an exciting milestone for the 2050 Climate Group. After being supported by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) for the past three years, we have embarked on a new journey with them. We are thrilled to announce that we are the third recipient of a Sustainable Growth Agreement (SGA) with SEPA. This voluntary formal agreement will create a partnership between both organisations to share and deliver environmental outcomes which help to achieve objectives set out in SEPA’s new One Planet Prosperity – Regulatory Strategy. It will also provide the 2050 Climate Group with new opportunities to influence and lead and offer new ways for young people from all backgrounds and locations in Scotland to get invovled in achieiving Scotland’s low carbon, sustainable vision.

The agreed areas for joint working between SEPA and the 2050 Climate Group include:

  • Influencing and Leadership: Both parties will work together to create opportunities for leadership that excite, interest and support all sectors of society to deliver environmental, economic and social benefits.
  • Inclusion and Decision Making: Both parties will work to ensure young people (specifically, the target 18-30 group) from all backgrounds and locations are represented in decision making.
  • International Co-operation: Both parties will commit to increasing the ability of the 2050 Climate Group to share its work internationally; gaining more action, partners and putting Scotland on the map as a place for youth leadership.
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    SEPA Chief Executive, Terry A’Hearn and 2050 Climate Group Chair, Richard Dryburgh, signing the SGA

On this partnership, SEPA Chief Executive, Terry A’Hearn said: “Scotland has set some of the most ambitious climate change targets in the world.  As we pursue these targets, we are lucky enough to have a group of young Scots who are trying to help tackle climate change.  They aren’t waiting for powerful institutions to take action.  They aren’t moaning about the dilemma their parents’ generation has left them.  They are getting on with it and creating innovation and action here in Scotland.  I am determined that, through this Sustainable Growth Agreement, SEPA will support these young Scots to do what they do best – make things happen.

Our Chairperson, Richard Dryburgh said: “The 2050 Climate Group is delighted to enter into this innovative partnership with SEPA. Our SGA offers young people from all backgrounds and all areas of Scotland the chance to lead on climate change action. We must thank SEPA for their support which has been invaluable to our organisation and an important factor in our success to date. Through this agreement, we look forward to further developing our relationship to create a more sustainable future for Scotland.

“Globally as well as nationally, climate change needs leaders to radically change our current trajectory. I firmly believe that by working together, Scotland’s future leaders will both make critical impacts now but also be connected and engaged for years to come. With this success, Scotland can be a true leadership example on the world stage.”

The 2050 Climate Group will continue to be a platform to empower young people to shape their future and lead the transition to a low carbon country. By working with SEPA, we will also be able to source new partnerships and collaborate with businesses from different sectors, ensuring that Scotland’s future are at the forefront of decision making.

The Sustainable Growth Agreement marks the beginning of our future collaboration. Working with SEPA, we will explore new ways of working together for environmental, social and economic success.

View the full SGA document signed by SEPA and 2050 Climate Group and find out how we will work together. Also see SEPA’s guiding principles document outlining the broader aims of SGAs.

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Reporting from ECCA 2017, Day 1

June 6th, 2017 Posted by Blogs No Comment yet

In the opening plenary of the 3rd European Climate Change Adaptation (ECCA) Conference, it was stressed that young people must be at the heart of climate change. When it comes to the most pressing environmental issue, we are the key stakeholder and part of our role at 2050 is communicating this to other young people. During this conference, members of our Operational Teams and Board will be attending sessions of interest and will use the 2050 blog as a space to report back on what they’ve learned and how young people can get involved.  

On Tuesday 6 June, Policy Subgroup member, Bente Klein reports back…

Opening Plenary

This third year of the ECCA is unique because businesses are now involved and there is a full business day (Tuesday), as well as an innovation day (prize money up to £20,000 I believe) tomorrow. It was pointed out multiple times that there is a need to build alliances with businesses, hence the importance of their presence. Further, the importance of young people was stressed by the rep of the European Commission and Roseanna Cunningham MSP who even mentioned 2050. The youth voice during the opening plenary came from Joel Meekison from the Scottish Youth Parliament. He reported that in a recent survey by Scottish Youth Parliament,  only 10% of the young people surveyed regard climate change as the number 1 environmental concern we should be working on. Others found e.g. litter much more important. It was mentioned that young people need to be able to participate in a systematic way and not just on an ad hoc basis or to tick the boxes. Further, because young people are such a diverse group, with consequently a diverse view on climate change, this should be catered for. How can we (young people & the 2050 Climate Group) ensure that businesses, politicians, key influencers work with us to ‘make the planet great again’? (a key message that was repeated multiple times in the plenary).

4.1 Adaptation Governance

This session looked at the way in which different levels of government interact with each other when it comes to adaptation strategies and policies. As climate change is clearly a multi-level governance challenge, there was an expectation that the adaptation to it would also be a part of adaptation strategy (Reinhard Steuer). However, it turns out that in the research conducted by Steuer et al. there was hardly any institutionalised interaction, if at all the interaction was only project based and purely ad hoc. The same applies for the active engagement from the private sector, policy documents do mention its importance but there is a lack on how (Johannes Klein). Case study of Pittsburgh, PA, presented by Kimberley Lucke showed that there was a big focus on the individual and the role they could play. This creates a ‘Climate Conscious Citizen’ but has led to the shifting away from actors that have much more leverage than individuals. It was concluded that because individualism does not produce effective action, serious action is required from those with more leverage. Potentially this applies only to the US and would need further research to see if it could be applicable elsewhere (the researcher seemed to hint that it wouldn’t be applicable elsewhere).

In short, more coordinated multilevel action is needed and there are many opportunities for young people to ensure that the policies among governance levels are streamlined. This will be a massive task, but the example of mitigation (e.g. effort sharing in the EU) will be there to help guide the adaptation policymakers.

6.9 Fostering dialogue and learning on M&E of climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) policies.

Countries develop M&E (monitoring & evaluation) schemes especially for their reporting requirements under EU and international law, but also to a lesser extent for the national-level legal and admin requirements in place in their country. This applies both to CCA and to DRR. Both fields struggle with the same issues (‘pitfalls’) in their reporting. The main pitfall being that there is no single indicator that is universal, despite many attempts from researchers. If one tries to universalise issues, then there is a great risk that the deeper understanding of the specific context will get lost. Further, despite the desire to work with quantitative data only, one should never forget that there is a specific context and narrative behind these data and it is crucial to understand these as well. Finally, the adaptation progress is often greater than the simple sum of individual interventions. Therefore, the sketching of an overall picture is very difficult. The potential for M&E, on the other hand, in both fields is great. It can mainly be used as a learning tool as well as for accountability reporting.


Tomorrow we’ll have more updates!


Please note, we are keen to try and report daily and as such, these reports may be brief. It’s possible that we might elaborate on some of the learned topics in future blogs. 

About ECCA 2017 (taken from website)

“The theme of ECCA 2017 is ‘Our Climate Ready Future’. Our vision is that this conference will inspire and enable people to work together to discover and deliver positive climate adaptation solutions that can strengthen society, revitalise local economies and enhance the environment. We are bringing together the people who will deliver action on the ground – from business, industry, NGOs, local government and communities – to share knowledge, ideas and experience with leading researchers and policymakers.”

Full Programme

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Global Recognition for Scottish Youth Climate Charity

June 5th, 2017 Posted by News No Comment yet

Scotland’s youth climate group, the 2050 Climate Group, has been named best project in the United Kingdom in the prestigious Energy Globe Awards.

Announced on World Environment Day (5th June), the Energy Globe Awards are supported by UNESCO and in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme. The Energy Globe Awards are awarded annually to projects focusing on energy efficiency, renewable energies and the conservation of resources.

2000 submissions across over 170 countries were received with the 2050 Climate Group chosen to represent the United Kingdom by the judges. The project will be highlighted internationally by the awards to inspire action in other nations.

The 2050 Climate Group is a social movement of young professionals whose aim is to engage, educate and empower Scotland’s future leaders to take action on climate change. They do this through their Young Leaders Development Programme, a programme which combines climate change education with leadership development to provide the skills necessary for young people to lead the transformational change towards a low carbon Scotland.

The group, now 350 people strong, is aiming to extend their membership by an additional 150-200 young people each year for the next three years. The group then plan to help replicate the Young Leaders Development Programme in other countries.

As a national winner, the 2050 Climate Group have been automatically selected in the Youth category for the International Energy Globe World Award. The Energy Globe Awards is one of the world’s most prestigious environmental awards broadcast all over the world. The winners share from a prize pool of 10,000 euros.

Lynette Purves, Trustee of the 2050 Climate Group, said, “We are delighted to win this award. Having incorporated only earlier this year, this award shows the huge impact we’ve made in a very short space of time, and is a real credit to all our volunteers, young leaders and supportive partners.”

Ann McKechin, ScottishPower Foundation Trustee and Executive Officer, said, “Having supported the 2050 Climate Group’s Young Leaders Development Programme, since its inception in 2016, the ScottishPower Foundation is delighted to see them win this prestigious award in recognition of their outstanding work.”

It is fantastic to see this group of young professionals so committed to driving towards a sustainable, low carbon economy. Their dedication and passion in leading a movement of real change to address climate change echoes the Foundations commitment to the advancement of environmental protection, and is a shining example of the role that young people can play in protecting our planet for future generations”

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot Awards said, “We need young people to take the lead on the environmental issues. Congratulations to the 2050 Climate Group who are now inspiring others across the world.”

For more information on our submission visit:


The 2050 Climate Group is supported by the ScottishPower Foundation, Scottish Government, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Scottish Water and the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) and was established by the 2020 Climate Group and Young Scot.

For more information on the 2050 Climate Group please visit