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Energy transition centre stage at North East of Scotland events

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Is it too late to stop Armageddon? This was the provocative title of this year’s James Attwood Memorial Lecture given by Joan MacNaughton CB HonFEI, Chair of the Climate Group in November.

Speaking at the Town House in Inverness, MacNaughton analysed what governments, businesses and the financial sector are doing Louise Kingham addresses a full room at the Aberdeen YPN’s annual dinner. Energy transition centre stage at North East of Scotland events to address climate change and whether, with an acceleration of action and a more enabling framework, society can succeed in keeping global temperature increases to manageable levels.

A UK civil servant until 2007 and former Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister, MacNaughton is also a former President of the Energy Institute. She used her lecture to advocate for radical action to mitigate the devastating impacts of climate change.

Elsewhere in North East Scotland, November also saw the annual dinner of the Aberdeen, Highlands & Islands Young Professional Network (YPN), attended by more than 200 guests in Aberdeen.

Speeches were delivered by Daryll Morrow, co-founder of UDrafter, a student work experience platform, and EI Chief Executive Louise Kingham OBE FEI. Kingham used her speech to outline the opportunity for young professionals as the energy transition gathers pace, ‘as they develop and deploy the exciting low carbon energy technologies needed to avert the worst impacts of the climate threat we face.’

Highlighting the YPN’s 2020 events programme, Chair Michael Howie commented: ‘As the energy transition promises to bring another wave of change to the industry, we look forward to delivering a series of events to help understand what the energy transition means for us.’

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