With Scotland having brought the world together at COP26, Scottish businesses are being urged to keep the momentum going.
The Scottish Chamber of Commerce international network is leading a trade mission to the World Expo in Dubai that will showcase the country’s innovation in clean energy and sustainability.
Having turned world-leading engineering skills to green energy, Scottish businesses can benefit from the strong sustainability theme that runs through the whole event.
Featuring more than 192 country pavilions, the event is bringing people from all over the world to connect and showcase world-leading innovation and technology.
Some of the world’s most advanced technology is on show, making it the ideal stage for Scottish technical innovation.
As well as being home to the world’s first floating offshore wind farm, Scotland also has one of Europe’s largest hydrogen bus fleets.
A new power plant at Peterhead is the world’s first gas-fired power station equipped with carbon capture storage (CCS) technology. This will capture up to 1.5million tonnes of CO2 every year, which is 15% of the UK’s 2030 target.
There is a week of networking and events for the delegation, which will depart in January, along with time for delegates to take in the splendour of the Dubai Expo and the World Future Energy Summit.
The summit is being held in Abu Dhabi from January 17 to 19 and is aimed at businesses making the transition from fossil fuels and driving the change towards net zero. The UK Pavilion is also hosting Scotland’s Race to Net Zero Day on January 19.
Dr Liz Cameron OBE, Chief Executive of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:
“Scottish businesses are already taking action and developing innovative solutions to tackle climate change and have a role to play in keeping the momentum from COP26 going.
“Right across the energy eco-system, Scottish-based businesses are developing technology and sustainable solutions to create a zero-carbon world.
“This delegation is aimed firmly at supporting businesses working in renewable energy, low carbon heat, low carbon transport, offshore wind, blue and green hydrogen and supporting the oil & gas transition to net zero.”
Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport Michael Matheson MSP said:
“Green energy is a vital component of delivering Scotland’s world-leading climate change legislation and becoming a net-zero economy by 2045.
“We have a long-standing heritage as energy engineering pioneers, from the development of hydropower to offshore wind, tidal energy and our ambition to become a Hydrogen Nation, and COP26 was an opportunity to showcase our expertise and commitment to being a global leader in a green energy transition.
“COP26 must deliver a lasting legacy for the people of Scotland and across the world. Expo 2020 Dubai presents us with a huge opportunity to put Scottish companies in the spotlight, highlighting their innovation and pioneering spirit in developing cleaner energy systems to ensure a greener, fairer future for us all.”
At what will be one of the first major in-person events as the world emerges from the COVID pandemic, the trade mission gives Scottish firms the chance to connect with hundreds of potential new business partners from around the world in a single visit.
Along with the support of 30 local Chambers across Scotland, Scottish Chambers will use its global links through the international Chamber network to set up meetings with carefully matched companies from around the world.