Co-hosted by Edinburgh Climate Change, Friends of the Earth Scotland, and the British Science Association. 

We are constantly reminded of the need to drastically reduce our carbon emissions so as to avoid dangerous levels of climate change, and it is often remarked that vital to achieving this will be leadership at the level of cities to bring about the changes required.

But just how quickly could this be achieved if we put our minds to it, could Edinburgh as a city be Zero-Carbon within just two decades? This debate, supported by the British Science Association and Friends of the Earth Scotland, provides an opportunity to hear the views of two leading experts on the feasibility of such a plan.

Arguing for the motion will be Paul Allen, Project Co-ordinator of the Zero Carbon Britain report, member of the Wales Science Advisory Council, board member of the International Forum for Sustainable Energy and a Climate Change Commissioner for Wales.

Arguing against the motion will be Colin McInnes, MBE FREng FRSE, James Watt Chair, Professor of Engineering Science at Glasgow University. 

The debate will be chaired by Cllr. Adam McVey, Vice Convener of the City of Edinburgh Council's Transport and Environment Committee. 

The debate will take place from 7–9pm on Monday 30 March, in the Lecture Theater G.03, 50 George Square, University of Edinburgh EH8 9JU.

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