Energy efficiency lies at the heart of the Scottish Government’s draft Energy Strategy, and also plays an important role at next month's All-Energy event, the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon exhibition and conference.
Increasingly energy managers are flocking to All-Energy for its rich choice of conference sessions, exhibits and networking opportunities. The event is free to attend for all with relevant business/professional interest in the topics coming under the conference spotlight, on show in the exhibition, and eager to network at the Giant Networking Evening and Civic Reception.
The timing of this year’s event — May 10-11 at Glasgow’s Scottish Event Campus (SEC; previously SECC) — is particularly significant as it lies within the consultation period for the Energy Strategy. Undoubtedly energy efficiency will be a topic addressed by Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, in the opening plenary conference session. Then too it will be featured within a dedicated Energy Efficiency and Retrofit conference session on May 10, and in a full day of presentations on May 11 in the Business Energy Efficiency Quick Fire Seminar Theatre on the exhibition showfloor.
“It’s an event that buzzes with enthusiasm from exhibitors eager to do business and visitors just as eager to learn and to engage with exhibitors and conference speakers,” says All-Energy’s Event Director, Jonathan Heastie of organiser Reed Exhibitions. “We have a superb exhibitor list with a broad range of highly relevant exhibits — over 80 exhibiting organisations figure on our Energy Efficiency trail (one of 15 subject-specific trails) around the show — and a stellar conference line-up.
Decarbonisation of the energy system
“This is an important time for Scotland’s energy plans. The draft Energy Strategy sets out Scotland’s vision of achieving almost complete decarbonisation of the energy system; and setting a new 2030 ‘all-energy’ target for the equivalent of 50 per cent of Scotland’s heat, transport and electricity consumption to be supplied from renewable sources.”
The Energy Efficiency and Retrofit conference session on May 10, chaired by Prof Karen Turner, Director of the Centre for Energy Policy at Strathclyde University, features: Scotland’s energy efficiency programme; Key findings from Energy Saving Trust/Scottish Enterprise market research into energy efficiency in Scotland; Arup’s view of 'Towards the delivery of a national residential energy efficiency programme'; and 'A paradigm shift: the multiple benefits of energy efficiency’. This last topic is considered in more depth the next day in the Quick Fire theatre which offers some 20 presentations. These range from funding for energy efficiency and the ‘Countdown to MEES’, to case histories — primarily from SMEs who have improved their energy efficiency and saved money — and a range of other presentations embracing particular technologies or services. Full programmes are on the website.
All-Energy brings together some 7000 participants from home and overseas; 400 exhibiting companies from 16 countries; and a packed multi-stream conference and seminar programme with around 400 speakers. Registration is now open at www.all-energy.co.uk.