Edinburgh Sustainable Innovation Conference

23 March 2018

Edinburgh & Lothians

Venue: McEwan Hall, The University of Edinburgh

Time: 09:00 to 17:30

Join us for a full day of engaging talks, interactive panels and solution-based workshops. It will be a unique opportunity to be part of a multi-sectoral discussion on “how to achieve a carbon-free Scotland” and will particularly focus on the decarbonisation of the transport and energy sectors. The student-run conference is organised by the Buchanan Institute, a student-led think tank from the University of Edinburgh, in the perspective of truly creating a dialogue between experts, professionals and students.

Lunch will be provided as well as refreshments during networking activities.


  • Paul Jordan, Director of Business Development at Energy Systems Catapult
  • Jeremy Oppenheim, Founder and Managing Partner at SYSTEMIQ

Panel "Achieving a low-carbon energy system: challenges and opportunities"

  • David Cameron, Head of Scottish Policy, EDF Energy
  • Nicholas Gubbins, Chief Executive, Community Energy Scotland
  • Claire Mack, Chief Executive at Scottish Renewables
  • Euan McVicar Head of Transaction Structure at UK Green Investment Bank
  • CHAIR: Graeme Dickson, Board member of the 2020 Climate Group and visiting researcher at The University of Edinburgh

Sustainability in Transport Sector

  • David Beeton, Founder and CEO at Urban Foresight
  • Dr. Martin Tangney, Founder of Celtic Renewables and Director of the Biofuel Institute at Edinburgh Napier University
  • Archie Stoddart, Head of the Sustainable Transport Unit, Scottish Government

Panel "Exploring Policy Implementation and market conditions for the transition"

  • Dave Gorman, Director of Social Responsibility and Sustainability department at The University of Edinburgh
  • Jo Green, Chief Officer of Performance and Innovation at Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
  • Matthew Hannon, Chancellor’s Fellow of Technology and Innovation at University of Strathclyde Business School
  • CHAIR: Andy Kerr, Executive Director of Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI)

Invaluable workshops in collaboration with:

  • ClimateXChange
  • Kristy Lewin (Scottish Gov)
  • Enterprise Car Club
  • 2050 Climate Group
  • ChangeWorks
  • SRS
  • Urban Foresight,
  • Energy Systems Catapuly
  • Hyperloop
  • Sustrans


  • Energy Saving Trust
  • Bright Green Business
  • MAD Challenges
  • The Buchanan Institute
  • Edinburgh Uni's Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability
  • Engineering for Change
  • Interface
  • Logan Energy
  • EAUC
  • Shrub: Swap and Re-use Hub
  • Zero Waste Edinburgh
  • Transition Edinburgh




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Buchananist Brochure: https://www.buchananinst.org/brochure