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Climate Change secretary and Scotland's youth join exciting line-up as renewable energy event SHREC tackles climate justice

Roseanna Cunningham, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, has been announced as the keynote speaker at the 12th annual Scottish Highlands Renewable Energy Conference (SHREC) on 25th February.

The event, which takes place virtually due to the ongoing pandemic, will this year focus on the world's most pressing challenge – climate change. The need to go online presented an opportunity to create a global theme for an event which takes place just six months before the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow.

Organisers Harper Macleod, one of Scotland's leading law firms, have brought together an exciting line-up of speakers for SHREC 2021, with leading Scottish industry figures and developers sharing a platform with Greenpeace International, Scotland's youth and speakers from other European nations.


As Cabinet Secretary, Cunningham is responsible for Scottish Government policy on climate change, environmental protection and biodiversity, climate justice and a range of issues which are hugely important in terms of Scotland's response to the climate crisis. She follows in the footsteps of current Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism Fergus Ewing, who has spoken at SHREC fives times over the past decade.

David Bone, Head of Energy & Natural Resources at Harper Macleod, who will welcome attendees to virtual SHREC alongside host Nicky Marr, said: "We all have a part to play in developing and implementing a response to the challenges that the world faces. That's why we have brought together such a wide-ranging group of speakers and participants for this year's SHREC. From young people to business, we hope it will be a great opportunity for people to come together virtually and get a broad view of what is happening, and what can be done in the months and years ahead."

Louise Fournier, Greenpeace International's Litigation Counsel for Climate Justice and Liability, and Kasey Valente, the organisation's International Legal Coordinator, will follow the Cabinet Secretary with a live session on societal changes.

They'll be followed by sessions on: the development of renewable energy projects in Scotland, as the country tries to meet its ambitious net-zero emissions targets; decarbonisation and the sustainable use of Scotland's natural capital; and international approaches to the climate emergency.

And the event will close with the voice of Scotland's youth. In a session chaired by Bruce Adamson, Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland. Young Advisers Coll Mccail and Beccie White will reflect on the current decision-making which will directly affect their future.

SHREC 2021 will run from 12 noon until 3.30 on Thursday, 25th February.

See the full programme and sign up for the free event.

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