Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee 30 January - 6 February

It was a cold and frosty morning at the Parliament today, as you can see above (this from the landscaped area in front of the building - nae craws, though). Fitting as tomorrow in Committee our attentions turn fully to the climate as we begin our scrutiny of the draft Climate Change Plan.

We'll be starting at 9 30, taking evidence from

  • Elizabeth Leighton, Existing Homes Alliance Scotland;
  • Professor Sean Smith, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Construction and Professor of Construction Innovation, Edinburgh Napier University;
  • Elaine Waterson, Energy Saving Trust;
  • Andrew Mouat, Carbon Management, Glasgow City Council;
  • Gina Hanrahan, WWF-UK;
  • Professor Keith Bell, ScottishPower Professor of Smart Grids, co-Director of the UK Energy Research Centre, University of Strathclyde;
  • Dr Mark Winskel, University of Edinburgh;
  • Gillian Hurding, Community Energy Scotland.

Three other Committees are also taking evidence on different aspects of the draft Climate Change Plan, but EJFW will be focussing on:

  • Electricity generation;
  • Reducing energy demand;
  • Renewable energy (renewable electricity and renewable heat);
  • Interconnection;
  • Grid issues; and
  • Fuel poverty.

If you're on twitter, you can follow the work of all the Committees with the hashtag #scotclimate. And a reminder that the call for views closes on 10 February 2017.

And finally, this week proves that Committee reports are like streetcars: we've kept you waiting, but now two come along in quick succession. On Friday, we published our first report, on the Draft Budget. And towards the end of this week, we'll be publishing our second with our report on the EU inquiry. We'll tweet when it's out, share the link in next week's newsletter too. Until then, please get in touch if you have any comments or questions on the work of the Committee: or just want a wee chat about the weather.

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