For immediate release: 3 July 2020
THREE MORE WEBINARS FOR POPULAR ALL-ENERGY/DCARBONISE SERIES
With eight successful webinars under their corporate belt, All-Energy and Dcarbonise have a further three programmed for July, featuring offshore floating wind; the need for an inclusive transition to net zero, and solar PV. Registration is now open at https://forum.all-energy.co.uk
“We’re thrilled by the very positive response there has been to the series and look forward to meeting (virtually of course) many more delegates on 15 and 16 July,” said Event Director Peter Bloor of Reed Exhibitions. “I’d like to thank our chairs, speakers, sponsors and our audience members for their support.
“The eight we have held so far, which in June embraced ‘Meet the Minister’; ‘The resurgence of onshore wind’; ‘Speed and scale’ and ‘Community and local energy: A beacon for 2030’, have attracted just over 6,500 registrations and high numbers of attendance on the day and for ‘on demand’ viewing too. This enables those who couldn’t join us to catch up on what they had missed, and we also see attendees returning for an ‘encore’.
“We have also received positive feedback on the relevance of the issues being covered and the high level of speakers we have attracted. Webinars are now a permanent fixture on our calendar leading up to the ‘live’ event in November and beyond! The first eight are online at https://forum.all-energy.co.uk/category/on-demand and can all be watched free of charge.”
Floating offshore wind on 15 July
From 10:00-11:30 on Wednesday 15 July ‘Floating Offshore Wind: Breaking out into deeper waters and new territories’ will be under the webinar spotlight with Allan MacAskill of Kincardine Offshore Windfarm; Rhodri James of Equinor; Una Brosnan of Atkins (and Friends of Floating Wind) and Ralph Torr of ORE Catapult’s Floating Offshore Wind Centre of Excellence sharing their views.
As the session Chair, Maf Smith, Director of Lumen Energy & Environment explains: “Success in fixed offshore wind shows what our industry is capable of. As we accelerate global efforts to decarbonise our power system, more and more countries are looking to their marine resource as a power source. In leading markets like the UK and the rest of Europe, floating offshore wind offers the chance to scale up our ambition and bring in new sites for development, and in newer markets around the globe development in shallow waters is not possible meaning floating offshore wind needs to be ready to move as these markets open up.
“This all points to rapid acceleration of our floating offshore wind sector. In this session, our industry experts will give an update on floating offshore wind both here and around the globe, showcasing efforts to bring down cost, standardise our delivery model, and grow out stable markets that support these longer term ambitions to go deeper.”
Keeping it real: An inclusive transition to net zero
On Thursday 16 July (10:00-11:30) attention turns to ‘Keeping it real: An inclusive transition to net zero’ sponsored by The Scottish Government and SP Energy. It will be chaired by Guy Jefferson, Customer Service Director of SP Energy Networks (who will also turn speaker during the webinar) and feature Jamie Macleod, Team Leader, Consumer Policy and Intervention Team, The Scottish Government; Mark Hull, Head of Innovation, Community Energy Scotland; Peter Dennis of Ecotricity; and Matthew Lipson, Business Leader Consumer Insight Services, Energy Systems Catapult.
The focus of this 90-minute webinar will be on the practical road to net zero from the consumer and community perspective, using first-hand experience and learning from those delivering local energy projects and consumer engagement.
Engineering solutions such as renewable energy technologies, battery solutions and digitisation often take centre stage in discussions around ‘how we tackle climate change’ or ensure a green recovery from COVID-19 as STEM, more so than STEAM (A : arts and creative talents) subjects, have been pushed to the fore as a means of preparing the future workforce for what’s required.
But what will all of this mean for consumers and their communities, particularly those described as living in vulnerable circumstances, as we plan our road to recovery from the impacts of a global pandemic and look toward a net zero future?
What softer-skills, local advice and knowledge and large-scale engagement is required to ensure that, genuinely, no one will be left behind and that individuals and their communities – who often hold the local answers to local problems – can play an active role in tackling climate change whilst maximising benefits and cost-efficiencies from SMART innovation in an informed and locally sensitive way.
40GW solar deployment by 2030
The final webinar in the July trio is ‘40GW solar deployment by 2030’. Chris Hewett, Chief Executive of the Solar Trade Association will be in the chair and speakers on the theme will be Chris Clark of the Emtec Group (and Chair of STA Scotland); Christelle Barnes, Country Manager – UK, SolarEdge; Michael Moore, Development Manager UK & Ireland, Elgin Energy; Michele Tagliapietra, Energy Storage & Solar Energy Consultant at DNV GL; and Hannah Staab who leads Natural Power’s European Advisory team.
They will all take as their theme: “Solar is a powerful job creator and an inherently rapid technology to deploy, as well as one of the cheapest forms of power generation today. With the right policies the solar industry can support the UK recovery by creating thousands of skilled jobs, adding billions in value, and delivering on Britain’s climate change ambitions. Join our panellists to find out how we can unleash the power of solar, including floating solar and virtual power plants (VPPs), as part of a green recovery.
“Any green stimulus package must unlock solar’s recovery potential and support our industry’s efforts to decarbonise and tackle climate change. The Solar Trade Association is calling on government to commit to a target of 40GW solar deployment by 2030 and to work with industry to deliver this target by enacting the policies outlined in their Priorities for a Renewable Recovery Package.”
This webinar is sponsored by Natural Power and runs from 14:00-15:30 on 16 July.
Looking back – and further information
Total attendance at All-Energy/Dcarbonise 2019 was 7,871 – including the First Minister of Scotland, the Scottish Energy Minister and over 600 other speakers over the two days.
All-Energy and the co-located Dcarbonise will be held Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 November 2020.
All-Energy’s major sponsors include ScottishPower (Host Sponsor); Shepherd and Wedderburn (Headline Sponsor) and Natural Power (Power Club sponsor) 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.
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.
Caption: Peter Bloor, Event Director, Reed Exhibitions
Notes to Editors:
All-Energy, the history: The 2020 show will be the 20th All-Energy. The UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference has been held annually since 2001; the first co-located Dcarbonise was held in 2019 embracing low carbon heat, energy efficiency and low carbon transport (the latter via the Smart Urban Mobility Solutions conference stream). The first 14 All-Energy events were held in Aberdeen; the show moved to Glasgow in 2015. All-Energy/Dcarbonise 2020 is scheduled for 4-5 November 2020.
The 2019 event attracted total attendance of 7,871 over the two days and included some 250 exhibiting companies and over 600 speakers.
Editors – if you would like your publication to be an All-Energy/Dcarbonise 2020 media partner: please contact Tina Abulashvili firstname.lastname@example.org
Further press information is available from: Judith Patten @ JPPR – judithpatten@JPPR.uk.com from whom a wide selection of hi-res jpegs is also available encompassing busy aisles; conference line-ups and busy halls; people checking out equipment and/or having meaningful conversations; Ministers doing tours and looking at everything from a hydrogen powered bus to visiting the new Dcarbonise exhibition.
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.
Ralph has spent more than a decade working in offshore renewable energy with a primary focus on technology development and assessment, and project design and optimisation. Ralph has experience in novel offshore technology design, development and qualification, both in a project and consultancy context. Ralph is currently leading the development of the FOW CoE and is working with its partners to develop and deliver a programme of activity to accelerate the deployment of floating offshore wind, whilst driving down the cost of this technology to a commercially sustainable rate.
Guy has worked within the SP Group for over 25 years and has gained a wealth of experience in a number of different roles in the UK including Asset & Maintenance Director, Operations Director and SP Distribution Director. As well as completing International assignments for SP, Guy has also held a number of leading roles in the community including Board membership of the Princes Trust in Scotland and also previously held the post of BITC Welsh Ambassador for Sustainable Business on behalf of HRH the Prince of Wales.
Jamie leads the Consumer Policy and Interventions Team at the Scottish Government with an aim to embed consideration of consumers across policy development, with a focus on the needs of those in vulnerable circumstances.
He has experienced the impact of energy policy from a variety of viewpoints, including working directly with consumers of all kinds delivering face to face advice and advocacy before moving to the Scottish Government.
He is interested in how energy systems can develop to meet future requirements in a secure and affordable way, particularly integrating higher levels of renewables and increasing levels of locally generated energy.
Hannah leads Natural Power’s European Advisory team, delivering due diligence and strategic advisory services for wind, solar and battery storage projects to major European and international clients. She holds specialist expertise in portfolio optimisation and hybrid project feasibility and modelling. Hannah has been active in the renewable energy industry since 2012 and worked as a technical manager for a leading global renewables developer before joining Natural Power.
In a recently published Committee on Climate Change report, Reducing UK emissions Progress Report to Parliament, advisors are calling for the UK Government to retrain and redeploy skilled North Sea workers to the renewable sector.
According to the report, new and updated skills are needed in the transition to Net Zero, to compete in future global markets as well as responding to climate change itself.
“In particular, new support to train designers, builders and installers is urgently needed for low-carbon heating (especially heat pumps), energy and water efficiency, passive cooling, ventilation and thermal comfort, and property-level flood resilience.
The ability of a decarbonised UK manufacturing sector to compete in global markets is dependent on having a labour force with the requisite skills, not only in manufacturing products and materials, but also engineering, procurement and construction management services. If suppressed oil prices continue to affect jobs in the North Sea, we must retrain and redeploy this highly-skilled workforce in the UK’s future low-carbon industries, including CCS.”
This comes as The Scottish Government announced a £62 million Energy Transition Fund to support the sector over the next five years, indicative of the approach to tackling the labour requirements.
The report also stated that as the UK moves from setting the Net Zero target to implementing a path that will achieve this and greater focus is needed on the wider socioeconomic impacts of decarbonisation. The transition to net-zero will necessitate a shift in employment, away from some inherently high emitting activities to highly-skilled jobs to deliver the emissions reductions required.
In our webinar “Speed and Scale” on 18th June 2020, Matthew Knight Head of Business Development for Siemens Energy, delivered a presentation on building a UK hydrogen economy.
Matthew Knight’s discussion is focused on the benefits of blue and green hydrogen, why we need both, and what individual actions needed to be taken to create a hydrogen economy from scratch.
Want to find out why building a UK hydrogen economy is so important for our future?
You can watch the full webinar here for free and see what Matthew Knight had to say about achieving Net Zero, along with our other expert panellists.
What will I learn?
- What we need to do to build a UK hydrogen economy in the next 30 years
- Why we need both green and blue hydrogen
- How a UK hydrogen industry can replace many other sectors
For a sneak peek of Matthew Knight’s discussion, please download the attached slide
In our webinar “Community and Local Energy” on 18th June 2020, Jodie Giles, Senior Project Manager at Regen, delivered a presentation on why community energy is key to net zero
Jodie Giles’ discussion is focused on how community and local energy builds support and local economic return, has great public support and addresses poverty.
Want to find out why energy integration and shared ownership is key for a green future?
You can watch the full webinar here for free and see what Jodie Giles had to say about achieving Net Zero, along with our other expert panellists.
What will I learn?
- How we can think about energy and local resilience
- Why community energy is key to net zero
- What does collaboration and carbon co-op look like?
- What are the barriers to integration and shared ownership and how to address them?
For a sneak peek of Jodie Giles’ discussion, please download the attached slides.
In our webinar “Speed and Scale” on 18th June 2020, Julia, Baroness Brown of Cambridge DBE FREng FRS Vice Chair of the Committee on Climate Change, delivered a presentation on scale and speed and the transition to net zero.
Julia, Baroness Brown’s discussion is focused on how people need to be engaged in all walks of life, and the rapid changes we need to make to reach net zero.
Want to find out what we need to do in the next 30 years to secure a net zero future?
You can watch the full webinar here for free and see what Julia Brown had to say about achieving Net Zero, along with our other expert panellists.
What will I learn?
- A checklist of what we need to do in the next 30 years to achieve net zero
- How people need to be engaged and remain pro-active
- What societal changes will be necessary to meet these needs
- What low carbon technologies will need to be put in place
For a sneak peek of Julia Brown’s discussion, please download the attached slides.
In our webinar “Speed and Scale” on 18th June 2020, Charlotte Owen, Policy Manager at The Association for Decentralised Energy, delivered a presentation on driving heat and energy efficiency.
Charlotte Owen’s discussion is focused on the truth that different areas of the UK will be able to decarbonise at different rates, to different targets. As, heat is inherently local – and different areas of the UK will have different pathways for decarbonisation.
Want to find out how we can enable areas that already have clear decarbonisation pathways?
You can watch the full webinar here for free and see what Charlotte had to say about achieving Net Zero, along with our other expert panellists.
What will I learn?
- Why don’t local authorities move?
- What are Zoning and local heat pathways?
- What does a planned in-home transition look like?
- Why we must consider zoning as part of the Heat & Buildings Strategy
For a sneak peek of Charlotte Owen’s discussion, please download the attached slides.
Lesley McNeil is Head of Wind Energy Policy for the Scottish Government, with responsibility for the policy considerations for both onshore and offshore wind. She has worked in Directorate for Energy and Climate Change for a number of years, with an interest in the barriers to the deployment of wind projects and how these can be resolved. With an academic background in archaeology and history, she is disappointed to be seldom asked to discuss the Neolithic period, cold war diplomacy or, rum-based cocktails.
Delivering clean, green electricity to homes and businesses is a key objective of Lindsay McQuade who was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of ScottishPower Renewables in February 2018. As CEO, Lindsay has responsibility for ScottishPower Renewables current fleet of over 2GW of onshore wind generation plant as well as leading the company in the delivery of a significant new project pipeline, including wind, solar and battery storage technologies.
Prior to her appointment as CEO, Lindsay held the post of Policy & Innovation Director of ScottishPower Renewables, having previously held a number of strategic roles across ScottishPower since joining in 1999. In her early career Lindsay also held roles with British Energy, Stakis Hotels, and Clydesdale Bank.
Rachel Anderson is RES’ Head of External Affairs. At the forefront of the industry for over 38 years, RES has delivered more than 17 GW of renewable energy projects and supports an operational asset portfolio exceeding 5.5 GW. Rachel has worked in the renewables industry for 13 years and is responsible for RES’ public affairs, communications, media relations and community liaison. She has worked across all jurisdictions of UK&I, on a range of different technologies throughout the full project lifecycle from inception to generation. Rachel chairs the Northern Ireland Renewables Industry Group (NIRIG) and is a Director of Scottish Renewables.
Clare is a partner and head of the Clean Energy sector at law firm Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP. A project finance lawyer, Clare has been involved in the energy sector since the early projects of the mid 1990’s and has continued to focus on this sector as it has matured. Qualified in Scotland and England, she advises lenders and sponsors/developers on diverse projects across the UK and spanning the energy sector spectrum (including offshore wind, onshore wind, energy efficiency, tidal, hydro and heat). Clare sits on the board of RenewableUK and is also a commissioner on the Edinburgh Climate Commission.
Specialised in the development and commercialisation of renewable energy schemes Laura leads the Wind Farm Solutions team for NE&ME region at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. Laura has over 15 years’ experience in the renewables industry and in her current role she is responsible for the delivery of renewable energy projects from inception right through to commercial operation. Together with her team she delivers advisory and innovative solutions to SGRE customers ranging from developers to investors with the objective to enable projects to be realised.