The Protocol is particularly timely, as the economic impact of the global coronavirus pandemic leads politicians and business leaders to consider how clean growth can form the basis of a sustainable and inclusive economic recovery.
Dr Martin Valenti, Head of Climate Enterprise at Scottish Enterprise, co-authored the study. He said: “The Scottish Government has set an ambitious target to achieve net zero emissions by 2045, while at the forthcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference, world leaders will need to agree the next steps towards lower carbon emissions globally.
“The benefit of the Stirling Protocol is its simplicity. This free-to-use framework will enable decision-makers in Scotland, or elsewhere in the world, to consider and adopt approaches that promote environmental sustainability and social inclusion, while still delivering economic success. Adopting the framework will help to deliver a successful transition towards the ultimate goal of minimising damage from climate change, and driving economic prosperity that works for all.”
The article, The Stirling Protocol – Putting the environment at the heart of prosperity and social inclusion, is published in Science of the Total Environment. It was authored by Professor Cusack, alongside her Stirling colleagues Professor Andrew Tyler, Dr John Rogers and Professor Malcolm MacLeod, and Dr Valenti.