‘Now is the time for leaders in Scotland to rise up’

Energy tax expert Jim Robertson says taking a climate solution course has opened our eyes to the challenge we all face.

“Nothing has been proven in this world except death and taxes,” said Benjamin Franklin. Climate change, however, is fast approaching third on that short list.

This is perhaps one of the best ways to explore the planet in this climate change crisis. Through tax policy.

Jim Robertson In 1981, when he became a chartered accountant for PwC, the world was a very special place. The world economy was booming, the oil and gas industry was booming in the UK, and the prospect of joining the global energy giant was a great opportunity.

Jim’s experience and understanding of international energy tax policies Gene has accumulated over four decades in London, The Hague, Kuala Lumpur, Aberdeen and Houston. In his role as Executive Director of the Scottish Government, he looks at all the major challenges facing the country. Similarly, his tax expertise has raised him on the list of international governments to better shape the tax policies that drive the crucial green energy revolution, which puts the responsibility for change firmly in the hands of the consumer.

Jim received his first degree in Climate Solutions from the Royal Scottish Geographic Society (RSGS) in collaboration with the Scottish Leaders Forum’s Climate Emergency Action Team. With the University of Edinburgh, Starling University and the Institute of Directors (Iod) Scotland.

Climate Solutions aims to educate middle and senior business leaders and managers on climate change, and outlines steps that can be taken to mitigate the consequences before it is too late. It offers two options: Climate Solutions Expert and 90 Minute Climate Solutions Quickly.

Today, more than 50,000 leaders worldwide have participated in or registered for climate change courses. The professional course includes four modules, online workshops and a climate action plan. The Scottish Government provided financial support for the development of education and the first 100 places.

The reason for Jim’s training was very clear: “I am very happy to be a pilot in the Climate Solutions Professional course. It’s been more than 40 years since I did any science at school, and although I have 40 years of experience in the energy industry, it has been a wonderful opportunity to hone my knowledge and expand my knowledge.

“It’s basically an MBA on climate change, and it’s designed for busy people, at your own pace and in your own time. It has helped me fill many gaps, increase my previous knowledge, and reach out to subject matter experts.

“At the end of the course, we all had to develop a personal action plan that inspired me to look at how countries can use carbon prices to improve consumer behavior. Since gas central heating is about a third of the cost of electricity from renewable sources, it is difficult to persuade consumers to change.

If carbon prices are introduced to address that imbalance, we will soon see a significant increase in energy consumption from renewable sources. It is the measure of change that affects people the most.

There are about 28 million gas heaters in the UK and the government-recommended Climate Change Committee needs to change from 400,000 a year to 400,000 a year by 90025 to 900,000 by 2028. The sooner we start, the better. Carbon prices help drive consumer behavior, but bold government action is also needed.

In fact, one of the key results of my professional course on Climate Solutions was that it gave me a better understanding of the dangers of climate change, the scale of the problem, and what it should be. This is to respond to the first climate change crisis that the first minister mentioned.

Each lesson module takes two to three hours to complete, and there is a chance to hold lessons during the “Pause” session during each module. These will then be available to all participants to discuss the workshops and develop their climate action plan.

During the workshops there is an opportunity to connect with other participants and after that each participant creates a climate action plan for their business. After the plans have been completed and reviewed, participants will be given a professional certificate in climate solutions and are invited to join the climate solutions network.

In addition to his work with the Scottish government, Jim has been a member of the Growth Industrial Tax Affairs Subcommittee for his understanding of international tax policies and their potential impact on climate change with the United Nations. Countries, and Climate Change Working Group for the UK Chartered Tax Institute. Most of the tax authorities have been arrested in Westminster in connection with climate change in the UK.

Jim is part of the solution for energy companies, not the problem, but his interest.

“Energy companies want to be part of the solution to these challenges. They have technological research capabilities to explore innovative solutions such as carbon retention and storage and the role of hydrogen. You can manage and deliver large projects on time and on budget. They understand liquid handling, power supply, marketing and transportation. They can generate energy from renewable sources, but they cannot force consumers to buy without a market price mark. Governments can use tax to change consumer behavior (or significantly change it). To see if it works, we only need to look at the impact of the plastic bag tax in the UK.

Now is the time for leaders from all over Scotland to rise. Climate change is a problem for everyone, and our common knowledge and understanding is truly valuable.

I strongly recommend all business leaders and managers to improve their understanding of climate change and how to respond, because, to quote the great Benjamin Franklin, “they are preparing for failure.” And the planet has no capacity for this fall. ”

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