The 19th All-Energy, the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference, and the inaugural co-located Dcarbonise, focussing on energy efficiency and low carbon heat and transport are being held on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th May at Glasgow’s SEC. The major exhibition features 250 exhibiting companies (including at least 70 new ones exhibiting for the first time this year); and well over 450 conference and seminar speakers. With innovation very much a central theme in both the exhibition and conference there is much to see and many to learn from.
Opening morning (15 May) sees a stellar line-up for the opening plenary conference session. The Lord Provost of the City of Glasgow will give the Civic Welcome and be followed by keynote addresses by Scotland’s First Minister Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP; ScottishPower’s CEO, Keith Anderson; Chris Stark, CEO of the Committee on Climate Change; Cllr Susan Aitken Leader of Glasgow City Council; and Professor Karen Turner, Director of the Centre for Energy Policy at Strathclyde University and Just Transition Commissioner. All highly relevant, for the event is held against the backdrop of some true landmark moments from the past 10 days.
Last week saw the Committee on Climate Change publish its Net Zero report on greenhouse gas emissions with a target of 2050 for the UK and 2045 for Scotland; and the UK Parliament, become the first in the world, to vote to declare an ‘environmental and climate emergency’.
Prior to this, Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, had declared a ‘climate emergency’ at the SNP conference on 28 April; and Wales’ Environment Minister Lesley Griffiths did the same on 29 April. By 2 May amendments to Scotland’s Climate Change Bill had been lodged to set a legally binding target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 at the latest with Scotland becoming carbon neutral by 2040. And, on Sunday 5 May Edinburgh became the first UK city to join the Open Streets movement, with certain Old Town roads to be closed on the first Sunday of every month
“What a week it was,” says Event Director, Jonathan Heastie of Reed Exhibitions. “It will certainly add to the positive mood always so evident at All-Energy with its busy exhibition floor, packed conference halls and seminar theatres with an all-pervading and busy sense of business being done throughout the two days.
“With the CCC report in mind, not only are we delighted that Chris Stark will be with us, but so too will be The Baroness Brown of Cambridge DBE, Deputy Chair of the CCC who will be speaking in the first offshore wind session in her capacity as Offshore Wind Sector Champion; and Strathclyde University’s Professor Keith Bell, recently appointed as the power sector specialist on the CCC, speaking in grid and offshore wind. They are just two examples of the outstanding quality of speakers at All-Energy and Dcarbonise.
“We are delighted that once again Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands will be joining us on Day 2 speaking in the plenary session and then touring Dcarbonise which is sponsored by the Scottish Government, Energy Saving Trust and Zero Waste Scotland. The second half of the plenary session will be devoted to a discussion on hydrogen’s role “Why might the hydrogen economy finally have its day?”. From a double-decker hydrogen bus from Alexander Dennis in the exhibition hall to over 60 listings in the conference programme, hydrogen is much in evidence this year.
“So too is innovation, running throughout the conference programme like a golden-thread, and highlighted in Innovate UK’s Clean Growth Innovation Showcase and the Innovation Exchange run by KTN, and UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) involvement in many aspects of the conference. In all UKRI and Innovate UK are running eight conference and seminar sessions, and hosting an Investors Breakfast.
“The list of features is long including the ‘Meet the Developer’ share fair; the Power Club for developers and investors; six show floor seminar theatres (double the number at any previous event); the introduction of the All-Energy Export Day offering long term inspiration, ‘here and now’ advice on export opportunities and 1-2-1 support; the new Research Hub on the exhibition show floor; some exciting exhibits on the show floor including Leask Marine’s huge submersible drilling rig, and an exciting range of low carbon vehicles. You need to be with us to appreciate it all!”
Registration for All-Energy and the co-located Dcarbonsie is free of charge to all with relevant business/professional interests and covers all elements of the two shows – the major exhibition, the conference and seminar programme and the Civic Reception and Giant Networking Evening held at the Glasgow Science Centre courtesy of Rt Hon The Lord Provost of Glasgow.
Shepherd and Wedderburn is All-Energy’s headline sponsor (other All-Energy sponsors include ScottishPower, Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks, SP Energy Networks, Black & Veatch, CSWind, Natural Power, Shell, Dieselec Thistle Generators, and Schneider Electric). All-Energy is supported by a long list of trade associations, government departments, professional bodies and learned societies, and is held in association with the Renewable Energy Association; Highlands and Islands Enterprise; Scottish Enterprise; UKRI and Innovate UK; Sustainable Glasgow; and the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG), with Glasgow as its Host City, and the Society for Underwater Technology as Learned Society Patron.
Dcarbonise is sponsored by the Scottish Government, Energy Saving Trust and Zero Waste Scotland, with E.ON as its seminar theatre sponsor.
Full information on all aspects of both shows including the full exhibitor list and product directory; conference and seminar programmes; Civic Reception and Giant Networking Evening; accommodation and travel is available on the show’s website at www.all-energy.co.uk and www.dcarbonise.com
Caption: Packed aisles at All-Energy 2018 which saw a total attendance of over 7,000
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All-Energy, the history: All-Energy, the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy and clean growth exhibition and conference has been held annually since 2001; the first Dcarbonise is being held 2019. The first 14 All-Energy events were held in Aberdeen; the show moved to Glasgow in 2015.
All-Energy/Dcarbonise, the facts:
After both days’ plenary session, the conferences for the two co-located events gets underway. Energy efficiency, low carbon heat and low carbon transport are the three ‘pillars’ of Dcarbonise. The triumvirate of the Scottish Government, Energy Saving Trust and Zero Waste Scotland has a large central pavilion in the exhibition where 1-2-1 advice will be readily on offer, particularly to private sector landlords who face the challenge of ensuring that their property reaches EPC rating E (at least) by 1 April 2020.
All three Dcarbonise ‘pillars’ have full conference programmes, and, in the case of energy efficiency and low carbon heat, these include readily accessed seminar theatres on the exhibition show floor with a rolling programme of presentations. Other relevant conference sessions include those looking at low carbon transport under the Smart Urban Mobility Solutions ‘banner’; sustainable and smart cities; decarbonisation of industry; the ‘net-zero challenge’; and carbon capture and storage.
The All-Energy conference embraces all forms of renewable energy generation (bioenergy, hydropower, marine renewables; on- and offshore wind; and solar) as well as associated topics such as energy systems, energy storage, the grid; hydrogen; and finance and funding. UK Research and Innovation and Innovate UK have an extensive programme of conference sessions, many reflecting the aims of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, and an Investors Breakfast running during the two-day event. A POWERful Women networking lunch is another feature of Day 2.
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