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Supporting the development of the renewables supply chain - 2020 Climate Group

The Scottish Government has set some of the world’s most ambitious carbon emissions reduction targets, backed by tough environmental regulation – to have 100% of generation from renewable sources by 2020. The 2020 Climate Group was formed in 2009 by leaders in business, the public sector and academia, promoting action to make these targets more achievable. The 2020 Climate Group has created working 'sub-groups' focusing on critical enablers, such as built environment, transport, public and business engagement, finance.

Policy and finance are important factors in developing the capability needed to ensure the carbon emissions reduction targets can be achieved. From early discussions it was clear that the group’s work would be enhanced by also taking steps to help create supply chain opportunities for Scottish businesses (both domestically and internationally) to be part of this developing industry.

Building on expertise in supply chain development, optimisation, manufacturing cost reduction and technology development, we developed and facilitated a group focused on how Scotland can create the supply chains needed to improve confidence amongst investors and reduce the barriers to investment in low carbon projects and green business.

This group was convened for the first time in February 2011 uniting key industry players spanning the domestic supply chain. Core supply chain group members include Scottish and Southern Energy, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Scottish Government, Scottish Power Renewables, Scottish Renewables, Bibby Offshore Limited, Aquamarine Power, BiFab, Pelamis Wave Power, Babcock Marine, Clyde Blowers, Weir Group, Forth Ports and Gamesa.

PA has helped the group create supply chain development plans for the offshore wind and marine sectors. These bring a level of clarity at a ‘system’ level to what would need to be put in place and when for establishing cohesive supply chains for these two sectors.

We were designing and facilitating engaging workshops, brokering collaboration opportunities within and beyond group member organisations, broadening the discussion (by establishing a LinkedIn® group, for example), designing and contributing to the development plans and the design and delivery of significant content for the Scottish Low Carbon Investment Conference, as well as periodic updates back to the 2020 Climate Group and Finance sub-group.

Not only has PA demonstrated real collaboration and brought others together in this spirit, we have developed understanding of the supply chain challenges in Scotland and brought this critical topic to the centre of the developing renewables industry. We have produced development plans which are informed by the industry and bring a level of clarity not otherwise available which will help to improve confidence that Scotland has a route to creating a renewables industry with lasting impact.

“The work you have done to increase the understanding of supply chain issues and in producing the development plans raises the quality of the debate on this topic – I’m very impressed.” - Martin Valenti, 2020 Climate Group Project Manager

Please contact us now so that we can incorporate your views into the renewable energy supply chain action plan for Scotland.