Following the First Minister’s declaration of a global climate emergency in April 2019, the Scottish Government announced it was setting a net-zero emissions target for 2045. In line with the Paris Agreement 2015, in which 195 countries committed to reduce their carbon footprint by limiting global warming to below 2°C, Scotland is moving towards a competitive low carbon economy.
New skills and professionals are required to tackle climate change in the food and drink sector. Sustainability sits firmly at the heart of Scotland’s food and drink industry strategy ‘Ambition 2030’, recognising that growing responsibly and reducing environmental impact must be a priority. What contribution can the Scottish food and drink sector make to the development of a green economy?