Scotland has the skills and drive to help deliver global net zero solutions, Wellbeing Economy Secretary Neil Gray will tell UAE Ministers ahead of COP28.

Mr Gray will highlight Scotland’s expertise in renewable energy and commitment to develop international partnerships to deliver technologies such as green hydrogen, as the UAE prepares to host the annual climate change conference.

The Scottish Government, working in partnership with Scottish Enterprise’s overseas arm, Scottish Development International, and the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, will support a business delegation of 19 companies to showcase their net zero expertise during COP28, which launches on November 30.

Mr. Gray said: “We have the resources, skills, and ambition to advance green energy technologies and accelerate decarbonisation. COP28 will allow us to reaffirm our commitment to reaching net zero and to highlight our innovative companies that can help in that delivery. This will showcase Scotland as an exciting partner for global businesses to achieve their net zero aspirations.

“Scotland was the first country to declare climate change a global emergency in 2019 and we continue to take key steps to build resilience to the wider impacts of climate change. No one country can deliver net zero on its own – international co-operation will be vital.

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“The United Arab Emirates was the first Gulf nation to commit to reaching net zero by 2050 and is an important market for Scotland. I look forward to discussing opportunities to strengthen collaboration in a number of areas, including energy transition and our mutual net zero goals. Continuing to build trade and investment will play a vital role in helping Scotland build a greener, fairer wellbeing economy and all the benefits that will bring to families, communities and businesses across the country.”