FOLLOWING the successful launch of the Scottish NetZero Community in late 2020 the experienced international entrepreneur Gavin Tweedie has been appointed as the first chair. Gavin’s role will be to grow the community, build partnerships and ensure Scottish businesses are provided with the support to reduce their carbon footprint and increase their competitiveness.
Following a highly successful career working with North American high-tech companies, Gavin decided to refocus his efforts in Scotland to give back, with a desire to share his experience, skills, and network to the benefit of fellow entrepreneurs. As an active member of Scottish Business Network Gavin has been involved in the design and development of the community. With this appointment it is planned to accelerate the growth of the NetZero community in Scotland and to build links internationally.
Upon accepting this role Gavin Tweedie stated “I’m an outdoor enthusiast and strongly feel we have to protect the environment. We really owe it to the next generation to leave the place in a much better state than we made it. There are many knowledgeable and passionate people in the community who will provide the education, helping create awareness and influence the changes that are necessary. It will be an honour to help establish the organisation and its important role in enabling business to accelerate and support a NetZero, low carbon economy.”
Dr. Martin Valenti, Head of Climate & Enterprise & COP26 added: “Scotland’s businesses understand that doing good is good for business – and it is abundantly clear that the most effective way to build the world’s first NetZero economy is to be collaborative, bold and visionary. That’s why the appointment of Gavin Tweedie is so exciting and comes at the time of greatest need for businesses and for our planet. Having an entrepreneurial mindset and fearless approach to NetZero is exactly what Scotland needs and I expect to see a highly active business led and entrepreneurially driven approach making the climate emergency our climate opportunity for solutions”
With COP26 scheduled to take place in Glasgow in November and the Scottish Government looking to take a lead on encouraging adoption on UN Climate Change targets Scotland will be a focal point for efforts to address Global Warming, as Paris was in 2015.
Upon his appointment SBN Chair Russell Dalgleish gave the following comment “In order to achieve our goals to assist Scottish companies to adopt the Net Zero agenda as a critical part of their strategy we viewed the appointment of a dynamic Chair of critical importance. We are delighted to have identified, in Gavin, someone with the commercial acumen and passionate commitment to our goals”.
On February 18th the Scottish Net Zero Community will be holding an inaugural gathering to bring together key individuals and to seek input from companies in Scotland on how to optimise the success of this initiative.
The Scottish Net Zero community is an initiative developed and supported by Scottish Business Network.