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We created the All-Energy and Dcarbonise webinar series with one thing in mind: supporting the renewable and low carbon energy community during a time of unprecedented challenge. We launched the webinar series with four webinars on what would have been the original dates of the All-Energy & Dcarbonise 2020 event – the 13 and 14 May. We rapidly found the level of support and participation was outstanding.
Capitalising on that success, we now host monthly webinars on the hottest low carbon and renewables topics, including offshore and onshore wind, hydrogen, inclusive transition, community and local energy, solar energy and more. We ramped up the volume in November by holding the All-Energy & Dcarbonise Virtual Summit, which comprised eight webinars over three days, with stellar speakers including Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP and Paul Wheelhouse MSP.
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Our industry is a critical part of our UK and global response to climate change. The UK is a world leader in offshore wind, and we are seeing rapid expansion across the globe. But in the midst of a global pandemic, how does our industry prioritise and stay on the path to low carbon growth. We bring together leading figures from across our industry to talk about the continued opportunity for offshore wind and reflect on what our changed environment means for our businesses.
Chair: Maf Smith, Director, Lumen Energy & Environment
● Jonathan Cole, Managing Director, Iberdrola Global Offshore Wind Business
● Mary Thorogood, Senior Specialist, Strategy, Business Development and Government Relations, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
● Benj Sykes, Vice President, UK Offshore. Head of UK Market Development, Consenting & External Affairs, Ørsted and Industry Chair, OWIC
● Christina Horspool, Environment Division Manager, Xodus Group
● Morris Bray, Senior Business Development Manager, National Grid Ventures.
Maf Smith is the founding director of specialist consultancy Lumen Energy & Environment. He is an expert in energy transition, with a 20+ year leadership career in the renewable sector.
Between 2012 and 2019 Maf was the Deputy CEO of RenewableUK. In this time he was chief spokesperson, represented industry at all levels of Government, and managed the Association’s membership and commercial growth. Prior to this Maf worked in DECC on Electricity Market Reform, was Director of Scotland for the Sustainable Development Commission between 2006 and 2011, and CEO of Scottish Renewables between 2002 and 2006.
Jonathan is based in the UK and runs the Offshore Wind Business of Iberdrola Renewables (ScottishPower Renewables in the UK).
Under Jonathan’s leadership, Iberdrola’s Offshore Wind Business has grown from its inception in 2011 to a business with €6Bn under investment and more than 300 professional staff.
Jonathan is responsible for the development, construction and operation of a large international pipeline of projects, including 3,500MW of Projects off the East Anglian coast, >1,000MW of projects in Germany, 500MW in France and >5,000MW in the US.
Jonathan also sits as Chairman/Director of a number of industry bodies, including the UK Government’s Offshore Wind Programme Board, the Global Offshore Wind Health & Safety Organisation and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult’s Industry Advisory Group.
Mary leads MHI Vestas’ Government Relations and policy team, ensuring policy frameworks and the political environment work together to deliver sustainable, long term growth in offshore wind markets around the world. Mary joined MHI Vestas from Vattenfall, the state-owned Swedish utility and one of the world’s largest offshore wind developers. Mary has strong experience of the UK CfD and wider offshore wind space as it has evolved and grown, working with Government and wider stakeholders to ensure offshore wind delivers low cost power to UK businesses and communities. Mary also played a key role with the UK industry and Government in delivering the Offshore Wind Sector Deal
Benj is Head of Market Development, Consenting and Public Affairs in the UK offshore wind business of Ørsted and is responsible for business growth, setting and delivering the company’s sustainability and environmental agendas, and managing Ørsted’s relationships across government, authorities and NGOs.
He is Chair of the Offshore Wind Industry Council and led the work to agree a Sector Deal with Government; he also serves on the Board of G+, providing Health and Safety leadership for the offshore wind sector. He is a member of the government-appointed Advisory Panel on Highly Protected Marine Areas.
Benj previously worked in the upstream oil and gas industry.
As Environment Manager at Xodus Group, Christina Horspool is a proactive, innovative and inspiring business leader in the areas of climate change, energy efficiency, decarbonisation and sustainability. Christina’s experience across the energy sector, including offshore wind and oil and gas, as well as her technical background in atmospheric emissions, carbon accounting and carbon lifecycle, allows her to lead the 60-strong team of environmental and marine specialists across the UK.
The Xodus vision is that ‘together, we will deliver a responsible energy future’. Christina is proactively reinforcing the company vision through her engagement across industry including various Oil and Gas UK forums around decarbonisation and energy transition; and through the Scottish Government-backed Future Industry Leaders Programme. Christina’s proactive approach to people development and innovation across the energy sector, as well as her underlying objective for sustainability and efficiency, has paved the way for a well-motivated, engaged, multi-skilled team of consultants all working to deliver clean energy alongside sustainable economic growth. Most recently, Christina has been a core part of Xodus Group’s aim to help the UK energy sector deliver beyond its net zero ambitions through innovative technologies, processes and techniques.
Christina sees offshore wind as a critical part of the UK’s response to climate change and is passionate about leveraging the cross-sector opportunities offered through the UK’s long track record in offshore energy and infrastructure projects; whether these be associated with offshore wind helping to decarbonise oil and gas activity, or helping supply chain or the workforce prepare for the next phase of major growth in offshore wind.
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Morris is a Senior Business Development Manager for National Grid Ventures, leading new HVDC developments between GB and other countries in the North Sea region. He has experience of HVDC interconnector project development, having led National Grid’s team in the development phase of the IFA2 interconnector between GB and France along with RTE, and advocates the transition to a North Sea grid through multi-purpose interconnectors that combine the benefits of connecting markets with benefits of providing offshore connections for offshore wind. Morris is a member of the European Commission Expert Group on Interconnection Targets.
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I don’t need to go into the ongoing societal challenges we have and still are facing over the last two years but I’m feeling quietly optimistic as we get into a new rhythm of working and living that we can look to the future with a renewed energy to achieve great change.
So why am I so excited? Well up to 3 months ago we weren’t expecting to be in the position we are now in being able to showcase the businesses, clusters and innovation opportunities that are upcoming; however, here we are only a few days before All-Energy & Dcarbonise kick off at the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow. The challenge is where to start with all the activities going on, and a big thank you to all those that wanted to be engaged, unfortunately we couldn’t bring everything along but it just shows how much appetite for innovation is out there!
When talking around engineering a net zero future as the theme this year, we need to consider and act on how we invest, as a collective, in clean growth research, development, deployment and scaling to have a realistic chance of achieving our future ambitions and targets.
From an innovation perspective, there are several aspects to financing a net zero world, including how we approach adoption of current solutions at scale, whilst also considering the next generation of technologies, and what current and future demands from places, regions and countries are.
Part of this approach is all about the ecosystem in which “stuff” happens. I am usually in awe of the knowledge, skill, and experience people I speak to have and sense a real desire to make change happen for a net zero future, whether they are a researcher, SME, large business, investor, local authority or place representative. Therefore events such as All-Energy are so important to enable these conversations to happen, with actions that follow to make that positive change that we so need.
Our contribution in all this;
- To showcase some of the innovative businesses and programmes we are working with through our innovation hub exhibition space at stand K40. We have 27 innovators representing many technologies, programmes and clusters over the two days. Also, great to see the Catapults close by at stand M66 showcasing the great work they do
- To provide thought leadership and connection opportunities through the conference sessions. It will be great to hear from several colleagues across the two days with Rob Saunders (Prospering from the Energy Revolution), Mike Pitts (Transforming Construction), and Bryony Livesey (Decarbonising Industrial Clusters) as well as Guy Pattison from Stronger Stories and panel looking at the innovation needs in supporting our urban environments achieving net zero session to name just a few
- Providing information on upcoming competitions and programmes such as Ofgem’s Strategic Innovation Fund and Energy Catalyst
- Listening to emerging trends and future innovation needs as we further iterate our Future Economy thinking
Of course, if I keep going, I’m at risk of starting to list the conference and exhibition programme so I’ll stop there other than saying that I’m personally rather excited about attending the Finance and Funding session: The Great Decarbonisation Challenge – Place based solutions and mobilising finance. A subject that is a must at getting right to really achieve the ambition and scale needed to substantially set us on the way to achieving Net-Zero by 2050.
With this I’ll leave you with a call to action. Think about the conversations you are having, and connections you are making, how will you move them on into positive action for Net-Zero?
I look forward to meeting you either on the exhibition stand, in one of the conference session, or simply roving about making creative connections.
All the best for a great show
Head of Urban Systems – Innovate UK
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- FOUR SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT MINISTERS TAKING PART
- TALENT OF THE FUTURE IN THE SPOTLIGHT
All-Energy the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference and the co-located Dcarbonise open for business a week today (Wednesday 11 May) at Glasgow’s SEC, with a duo of busy exhibitions through which innovative solutions run like a silver thread; a packed conference programme which has attracted luminaries from industry, academia, and government; and new features aimed at ‘Future Talent’..
This year’s show boasts a more youthful focus than ever before with features aimed at attracting new and re-skilled resource and talent to power an accelerated net zero future. This is thanks to new features such as the Future Talent Hub sponsored by bp and supported by Skills Development Scotland; and the Energy Skills Partnership’s ‘Green Skills for a Net Zero Future’ demo area involving college students. The Research Hub with its presentations by PhD students returns, as does the ever-popular display of academic posters with their authors standing by to answer questions. In the transport decarbonisation area of the show two Shell Eco-marathon teams, one from the University of Strathclyde and the other from the University of Aberdeen will once again be showcasing their ability to rise to the challenge of what is a global academic programme.
Four Ministers is a record
Government involvement with the conference has excelled itself with four Scottish Government Ministers – the First Minister of Scotland, the Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport; the Transport Minister; and Minister for Net Zero Buildings, Active Travel, and Tenants’ Rights all taking part over the course of the two-day event..
Jonathan Heastie, Portfolio Director, Energy & Marine, RX Global, owners and organisers of the duo of events explained:
“We will get off to a flying start on Wednesday 11 May with a plenary session in what I know will be a packed Lomond Auditorium. Chaired by Keith Anderson, CEO of ScottishPower it features Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, a message from COP26 President Alok Sharma currently hard at work travelling convincing nations to commit to the aims of the Glasgow Climate Pact, luminaries from Ofgem, Siemens Energy, Shell SSE, Strathclyde University’s Centre for Energy Policy and from Glasgow City Council; and a recorded address by Greg Hands MP, Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth..
“From a great ‘coming together’ the conference then splits into 11 parallel sessions on Day 1 with the first sessions embracing offshore wind; hydrogen and fuel cells, energy systems, solar, marine energy, bioenergy, a Just Transition, mobilising finance for ‘places’, transport decarbonisation – which is where Minister Jenny Gilruth MSP will deliver her keynote address; and built environment decarbonisation where her ministerial colleague Patrick Harvie MSP will be speaking. Naturally more topics are addressed throughout the day and in the eight show floor theatres too – they help create a real buzz in the exhibition.
“Day 2 begins with a thought provoking plenary session ‘A national endeavour: Decarbonising the GB power system by 2035’ again with a stellar line-up. Michael Matheson MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport joins us at the next session of the day to deliver a keynote address at the Net Zero Technology Centre (NZTC) inspired session ‘An Integrated Energy Vision economic opportunity: Scotland and global’.
“As well as our 450+ speakers we have some familiar and some new show features. I’m tremendously excited by the idea of involving more young people in and at All-Energy and Dcarbonise. Future talent is hugely important to all of us as we strive towards meeting our net zero ambitions, and the Future Talent Hub in the innovation zone, boasts a programme of sessions focussed around attracting new and re-skilled talent to power an accelerated net zero future. Both employers and candidates will find it of interest.”
Focus on future talent
Highlights of the Future Talent Hub include a panel discussion: ‘Building a career in the energy transition: opportunities and challenges’. This will be moderated by Jo Reynolds, bp Gas solutions geophysicist and co-founder of bp’s Global Sustainability Network, this panel brings together future energy leaders from bp, Solisco, Wood and CIERCO who will share their experiences of building a career to help achieve net zero.
“Those attending will be able to find out what skills have helped them and what they wish they knew when they were starting out. The panel will also discuss what the future energy in the UK could look like, and how careers in energy might evolve,” said Jonathan Heastie.
Other sessions will focus on the new National Energy Skills Accelerator, the Just Transition Skills Action Plan, apprenticeships, energy careers, diversity, equity and inclusion, training, industry collaborations and more. All can be found via the free show App.
All-Energy, celebrating its 21st anniversary, has spent two decades helping the UK to decarbonise its power supply. Dcarbonise, supported by the Scottish Government and Energy Saving Trust, ensures that private and public sector energy end-users gain access to advice and technology to assist them in their plans to decarbonise their buildings, business and transportation.
Registration is at www.all-energy.co.uk with every participant’s badge enabling them to visit both exhibitions, moving seamlessly between them; attend as many conference sessions as they want on 11 and 12 May; get inspiration from the quickfire presentations in the showfloor theatres, visit the new Future Talent Hub, sponsored by bp; and attend the Civic Reception and Giant Networking Evening at Glasgow’s Science Centre on 11 May.
All-Energy has Shepherd and Wedderburn as its headline sponsor with other sponsors including Arnold Clark; bp; ESP; Doosan Babcock; Greenbackers; Natural Power; Petrofac; Red Rock Power; ScottishPower; Shell; and Siemens Energy. The Society for Underwater Technology is its Learned Society Patron, Glasgow is its Host City, and it is held in association with Innovate UK and UKRI; Highlands and Islands Enterprise; Scottish Enterprise; and the REA. Dcarbonise is supported by the Scottish Government and Energy Saving Trust.
Nearly 40% of global CO2 emissions come from our buildings. In large cities they account for nearly 70%. Our buildings may hold the key to achieving net zero.
Europe’s buildings contain more than 30,000km2 of floor space – an area comparable in size to Belgium. Much of it is old: about 65% of Europe’s residential buildings were constructed before the 1980s. Yet while we treasure the look and feel of many of our historic buildings, they could be costing the earth.
If we are to meet our climate ambitions, we must invest in making buildings greener and more efficient.
Europe’s surging energy prices remind us that there are other reasons to do so. In the UK, regulated fuel prices will rise by 50%, stretching the budgets of vulnerable households and raising the threat of fuel poverty.
Local leadership can make the difference
Our cities and regional leaders have an important role in greening our buildings. Subnational governments are familiar with local building stock, hold regeneration funds and enforce building and zoning regulations. Of the cities and regions that responded to the OECD Survey, 86% already have plans to improve energy efficiency in buildings.
If we are to meet our climate ambitions, we must invest in making buildings greener and more efficient.
Setting the pace
Subnational governments directly own and manage many buildings – accounting for 20-30% of all non-residential building stock in countries such as France or Japan. Encouragingly, 95% of surveyed cities and regions have energy efficiency policies for their public buildings, 61% require higher energy efficiency than those demanded nationally and 27% call for net zero emissions. Many cities like Geneva and Vienna have started to require higher energy performance in public buildings and subsidised housing.”
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Registration is now open for All-Energy and the co-located Dcarbonise taking place on Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 May at Glasgow’s SEC. There will be a special celebratory air at this year’s event, for not only is the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference being held ‘in-person’ for the first time in two years, but it is All-Energy’s 21st anniversary year.
Registration for the two-day event is now open at www.all-energy.co.uk/22 for all with relevant business/professional interests. There is seamless access between both exhibitions and all conference streams; and all exhibitors and visitors are invited to the traditional Civic Reception and Giant Networking Evening on 11 May.
Jonathan Heastie, Portfolio Director, Energy and Marine at RX Global, who own and organise the duo of events, explained:
“We will be celebrating in the way we know best, by staging a superb exhibition and a far-ranging conference. Being held six months after the UN COP26 Summit, and at the same venue, it is not surprising that we will open with a powerful plenary session devoted to ‘COP26, the Glasgow Climate Pact: Reflections and way forward’; Day 2’s plenary session will discuss and debate ‘A National Endeavour: Decarbonising the GB Power System by 2035‘. After both, the conference breaks into up to 11 parallel streams and seven show floor conference theatres (the latter feature nine sector themes over the two days). It is going to be buzzing!
“Over the years I have heard a great deal about the impact of the very first All-Energy held in deep snow in late February in February 2001; and year on year since we acquired the show in 2011 have experienced the incredible buzz and busy-ness on the exhibition show floor. I feel sure that this year we can expect a real sense of excitement. We are eager for all with fond memories of All-Energy over its first 21 years to share their stories at www.all-energy.co.uk/en-gb/lp/anniversary.html”
About the duo of events
All-Energy, with its strap-line ‘Engineering a Net Zero’, focuses on its renewable energy heritage and features a large exhibition hall packed with innovative solutions for the challenges facing every sort of renewable energy development at home and overseas (exhibitors currently come from 14 countries).
Dcarbonise, supported by the Scottish Government and Energy Saving Trust, and aimed at the end-user, has lowering carbon impact to improve sustainability at its heart, with exhibits focussing on the built environment in general and heat in particular, along with the decarbonisation of transport. The latter will see a display of low carbon vehicles and smart transport technologies.
As Jonathan Heastie added:
“Exhibitors are undoubtedly eager to get down to business at both All-Energy and Dcarbonise. As to the conference – I don’t think we have ever had such a large number of superb abstracts submitted for it; certainly, making programme production challenging!. Both exhibition and conference combine to demonstrate how eager the sectors we serve are to get back to ‘business as usual’ at the duo of events coupled with serious learning and, above all, face-to-face networking.
“How could there not be a high level of excitement after this January’s ScotWind leasing round announcement; work under way on the successful Round 4 bids south of the Border; and activity in the Celtic Sea too? Then too there is the phenomenal interest in hydrogen and the acknowledgement that renewables have real pulling power when it comes to generating electricity and in the increasingly vital need for security of supply.
“All-Energy conference streams and sessions will cover all forms of renewable energy (on- and offshore wind, solar, marine energy, bioenergy – biomass, biogas, biofuel and waste to energy; and hydropower) as well as energy systems, energy integration and transition, hydrogen, the grid and networks, energy storage, finance and funding, community and local energy and much more.
“The Dcarbonise conference will focus on the ever-increasing drive to decarbonising heat, the wider built environment and transport, places (from cities to villages), industry and the supply chain – all are covered over the two days. No resting on our laurels though, there’s much to be done in the run up to those milestones of 2030, 2045 and 2050.
”We look forward to seeing you in May!”
Looking back – and further information
Total attendance at All-Energy/Dcarbonise 2019 was 7,871 – including the First Mister of Scotland, the Scottish Energy Minister and over 600 other speakers over the two days. Between May 2020 and early October 2021, it staged 42 webinars which attracted over 25,000 views either live or on-demand and over 22,000 registrations. All the webinars are available at https://forum.all-energy.co.uk/category/webinars/
All-Energy’s major sponsors include Shepherd and Wedderburn (Headline Sponsor including sponsorship of the Offshore Wind conference stream and show floor theatre, the Marine energy show floor theatre; and the Cities conference stream), Natural Power (Power Club sponsor); Shell (Transport zone and conference stream and show floor theatre sponsor); Greenbackers Investment Capital (Finance and Funding conference stream partner).
It is held in association with the Renewable Energy Association; Highlands and Islands Enterprise; Scottish Enterprise; UKRI, Innovate UK and KTN; 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 supported by the Scottish Government and Energy Saving Trust. The decarbonisation of transport conference stream (part of Dcarbonise) is held in association with Transport Scotland.
- Mirroring COP26’s Glasgow Climate Pact aims
- Short listed for AEO’s ‘Conference of the Year’ for its webinar series
- Call for Speakers open; deadline 17 December 2021
All-Energy and the co-located Dcarbonise (11-12 May 2022) are well set to be a COP26 ‘legacy event’ – SEC Glasgow being the chosen venue for both – especially as they will focus on the aims described in one key point the final COP26 report, the Glasgow Climate Pact.
Jonathan Heastie, Portfolio Director Energy and Marine, at RX Global highlights a particular paragraph in the Glasgow Climate Pact, which urges ‘Parties’ :
- …. to accelerate the development, deployment and dissemination of technologies, and the adoption of policies, to transition towards low-emission energy systems, including by rapidly scaling up the deployment of clean power generation and energy efficiency measures.
“All-Energy, as the UK’s largest annual renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference, focuses on generation and thus the scaling up of the deployment of clean power generation is crucial to all our participants.
“Innovative technology is displayed in the major All-Energy exhibition; and those innovations, along with presentations on policy (followed by discussion and debate) form the backbone of our highly respected conference programme, which in 2019 attracted around 600 speakers including the First Minister of Scotland and key stakeholders from throughout the industry we serve.
“The co-located Dcarbonise picks up the ball on ‘energy efficiency measures’ which in the wider sense also includes energy management, low carbon heating, low carbon transport, and the decarbonisation of industry, places – from cities to villages, offices to individual tenements, and of the supply chain.
“So, our aims and objectives mirror those of COP26. Indeed, the paragraph in question also mentions the ‘just transition’. That, along with the investment-led economy with zero carbon as the ultimate goal, innovation, and ‘speed and scale’ form the silver threads that run throughout our duo of events.
“’Speed and scale’ was the theme of several of our 42 webinars held between May 2020 and October 2021 in the absence of an ‘in-person’ event. It was a series that not only achieved over 23,000 ‘views’ but has seen All-Energy shortlisted for AEO’s (Association of Exhibition Organisers) ‘Best Conference’ award, with the result being announced on 10 December.
“We, our exhibitors, our speakers and our visitors are looking forward to a landmark 20th ‘in-person’ All-Energy in May next year.”
The Call for Speakers for both All-Energy and Dcarbonise is open at https://www.all-energy.co.uk/en-gb/conference/call-for-papers.html with a deadline of 17 December. It includes a full list of the topics that will be covered over the two days next May.
Sponsors, supporters, and further information
All-Energy’s major sponsors include Shepherd and Wedderburn (Headline Sponsor) and Natural Power (Power Club Sponsor); and webinar sponsors included the Scottish Government, GreenPower International, Natural Power, Ørsted, ScottishPower, SP Energy Networks, Shepherd and Wedderburn, SmartestEnergy, and UKRI.
All-Energy 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 supported by the Scottish Government with Energy Saving Trust and Zero Waste Scotland.
The Smart Urban Mobility Solutions conference stream (part of Dcarbonise) is supported by Transport Scotland and organised in association with the Smart Environment Forum of ITS United Kingdom
Decarbonising the Supply Chain
In our Dcarbonise Week session “Decarbonising the Supply Chain” David Fatscher, British Standards Institution, delivered a discussion on the role of standards in decarbonising the supply chain.
You can watch the full webinar here for free and see what David had to say.
David Fatscher, Head of Environmental, Social & Governance, BSI
David Fatscher has over 30 years’ experience in business-to-business publishing and digital media in a career that has included positions at Reuters Business Information and VisitBritain, the UK’s national tourism agency. He is currently Head of Sector for Environment, Social & Governance at the British Standards Institution, and engages with senior stakeholders from government and industry to define BSI\’s strategy for market-driven best-practice on a range of topics, including net zero, environmental management, resource efficiency, social responsibility, resilience and sustainable finance.
For an insight into David’s discussion, please download the below slides: