Climate tech businesses are being urged to give their input to a project looking at the opportunities in Scotland for using technology to tackling climate change. This could be technologies which reduce greenhouse gas emissions or address their impacts.

ScotlandIS, SCDI, BT Scotland and The Royal Society of Edinburgh are seeking views as they start work on a new research report on Scotland’s climate tech capabilities. The research will focus on digital technologies such as artificial intelligence, data, the internet of things, digital reality and blockchain that can be applied to deliver net zero emissions. They would like to hear from organisations that are active in climate tech as well as those who have ideas for how Scotland can harness tech to support climate action.

The research will build on an assessment of Scotland’s capabilities and case studies, to explore opportunities to develop, harness and export tech to address net zero priorities at home and internationally – and make policy recommendations on how to do this.

Due to the global climate emergency, climate tech is a rapidly emerging sector in which Scotland has real strengths and opportunities. With Scotland hosting the COP26 summit later this year, the organisations are working to bring into focus the tech opportunities for Scotland from net zero and clean growth.

BT has launched its Green Tech Innovation Platform for scale-ups, with Glasgow company iOpt one of the first two businesses selected. ScotlandIS recently published a report on Scotland’s activity in climate tech and is hosting a new Climate Tech Knowledge Hub.

Themed workshops on the subject will take place in early May and the final report will be launched in June. Views, suggestions and expressions of interest relating to the research should be emailed to by 16 April.