Scottish Development International Conference 2021

Posted on March 08, 2021


Scottish Development International are hosting a two-day programme of events titled “Scotland is Now: The Race to Zero” on 9 – 10 March 2021. 

As Scotland progresses towards its ambitious target to be net zero by 2045, Scotland is gearing up to host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow this November and will be centre stage in the global debate on tackling climate change and driving a just transition to a net zero economy.

Scottish Development International's conference represents a major milestone in the countdown to COP.

On Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 March they are hosting a series of free-to-attend online events showcasing Scotland’s green capital investment opportunities. Bringing together world-leading experts and our nation’s most senior figureheads , the event will accelerate action toward a greener, more resilient future.


  • Graham Hill, Cities Executive for Scotland, Arcadis (CHAIR)
  • Jude Barber, Director/Architect, Collective Architecture
  • Councillor Adam McVey, Leader, The City of Edinburgh
  • John Batten, Global Cities Director, Arcadis
  • Richard Thompson, Architectural Director, Parabola
  • Sat Patel, Programme Director, Edinburgh Council
  • Nick Penny, Head of Scotland, Savills


According to the UK Committee on Climate Change it is estimated that Scotland will require several billion pounds of investment per year through to the 2030s to deliver Scotland’s transition to net zero. This is a huge investment opportunity and private finance will be critical in delivering this ambition.

During our Scotland is Now: Race to Zero programme, we will discuss the opportunities of the journey towards a net zero economy across Scotland and reveal what the life sciences sector, the residential sector and Scotland’s key cities are delivering to drive this transformation across the economy by offering competitive green investment opportunities including to the real estate and investment market.

Join our sessions to hear inspirational speeches from Scottish Government, Scottish City representatives, and household names from across the investment industry to understand the opportunities Scotland has to offer.

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