New York based sustainable cities expert to speak at AREG Energy Futures dinner

Source: press release, 17 October 2022

Lolita Jackson, MBE, international climate and sustainability expert
Lolita Jackson, MBE, international climate and sustainability expert (photo: Sustainable Development Capital LLP)

International climate and sustainability expert Lolita Jackson, MBE, is set to address guests at a dinner to round off AREG’s Energy Futures conference and exhibition at P&J Live, Aberdeen on 15 November.

The conference, which begins with an address from Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero Energy and Transport Michael Matheson MSP, will bring hundreds of delegates together to discuss the region’s role in a net-zero economy, the scale of opportunities and the actions needed to reach government targets for net zero.

The day culminates with a drinks reception and dinner where Jackson, a New York based Global Scot, will take centre stage. As executive director of communications and sustainable cities at Sustainable Development Capital LLP, Jackson acts as a link to governments around the world on COP, UN and climate business engagement.

She previously worked for the NYC Mayor’s office for 15 years where she held roles including climate diplomat for the city and director of outreach for the post Hurricane Sandy resilience team and has excelled in a career focused on climate improvements and resilience within communities.

As a survivor of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre and the 1993 bombing, she will highlight how her life changing experiences have influenced her career.

Speaking ahead of the AREG event Lolita Jackson says, “I look forward to joining the AREG dinner event this November and meeting some of the people involved with the energy transition in the North-east of Scotland. I’ve always loved the warmth of the Scottish people and I’m excited to join such an innovative and inspiring group coming together to agree on actions they can take together.”

“I’ll be sharing some of my own experiences of building stronger, more resilient cities and the key lessons I’ve learned during my career. Like much of the work I’ve done, the energy transition requires that we listen and learn from those living through the process, from individuals, to community groups, companies, and government agencies. Events such as the Energy Futures conference are crucial for bringing the right people together and agreeing the necessary actions to reach important goals,” Jackson adds.

AREG chair, Jean Morrison says, “We look forward to concluding what will be a busy and insightful day, focused on the opportunities and actions related to the energy transition here in the North-east, with Lolita’s global perspective, which I have no doubt will provide an abundance of inspiration and new ideas for those attending.”

The dinner, which is sponsored by Shell, kicks off at 6:30 pm with a drinks reception and concludes with a networking opportunity to reflect on a day of thought-provoking discussions around energy transition and the fast pace of change required to reach net-zero targets.

Bookings for the evening dinner can be made here. To find out more about The Energy Futures Conference and Exhibition, visit the AREG website and register for the free event here.