The Blockchain and how it could solve our recycling problems

The Blockchain and how it could solve our recycling problems

By Stewart McGrenary, Plunc.com

The UK Waste Problems and the Blockchain solution.

One major issue hanging over us as a result of environmental damage is the fact that most of the world’s plastic is finding its way into the ocean, changing the balance of the ecosystem and killing species across the world.

In 2016, just 7.4 million tons of the 11.5 million tons of packaging waste were recycled in the UK and 0.9% of that 7.4 million tons were recovered. These plastic waste come in the form of nylon packaging and plastic bottles that are made from fossil fuel sources such as natural gas and petroleum. They produce toxic chemicals that bleed into our water and damage sea life.

The world’s stance on recycling has significantly strengthened, and most developed countries are looking to adopt methods of recycling that have the potential to dramatically reduce the amount of waste being dumped in the ocean or landfills. Millions of pounds are spent yearly on recycling but the corrupt and unfaithful practices of contractors have put the money invested into waste management, amounting to waste. Owing to these facts, the incorporation of the Blockchain technology into recycling is most welcome.

 

What exactly is the Blockchain?

The Blockchain is a sophisticated technology that records and stores transactions in “blocks” on a transparent network. It is constantly growing as new sets of recordings or blocks are added to it. The database is not controlled by anyone, but in fact, everyone in the whole network is able to track what’s going on.

A transaction is created by a user and it becomes a block, and only that user can add additional information to that block using his special encrypted key. When the next relatable block is created, it is chained to the preceding block.

 

How can Blockchain help waste management?

From 2017 to 2018, over £8 billion pounds was spent on waste management in the UK alone out of the £11.4 billion pounds spent on environmental protection. Despite these facts, it currently is easy for a waste contractor to take any amount of waste to a landfill site and input any amount of weight tonnes on his invoice and absolutely get paid. But the blockchain technology has a “smart contract” feature that allows you to create a contract digitally and input the limits, standards, and payment for the contract. The contractor takes the contract and once the job gets done, the contractor gets paid.

The blockchain can be programmed to the weighing machines at the landfill site so that the contractor gets paid according to the exact tonnes of waste that are transported. Transactions are more accurate and transparent because the job would be monitored on the network by the authorities in charge, and the records are updated on the blockchain.

In France, the pilot of a blockchain system in a rail station’s waste collection saved almost £2,000 pounds in that station just in one month. Think about that, and how much would be saved in a year, then multiply that by all the collection stations in the country. We do not want to put this waste management option to waste too.

 

Incorporated systems around the world that use the Blockchain technology for waste management.

Using the blockchain technology for waste management isn’t exactly untested waters. There are already companies and systems around the world that have already incorporated the use of blockchain tech to enhance their waste management. Some are based in the UK, and the US, while some have collection centres in developing countries like Haiti, Indonesia, Brazil, and the Philippines.

 

  1. Nature Coin

Nature coin is a game changer of the recycling industry for the future of a smart city. Piloted in Vancouver, Nature coin makes recycling profitable by utilizing blockchain and Internet of Things (IoT) to reward users for efforts made towards recycling. Users are rewarded when they recycle disposable waste including plastics, tins, and cans.

Nature Coin has a range of smart bins in cities and they also use an interactive to act as a digital wallet for transactions on the blockchain.

So when you dump waste into the smart bin, Nature Coin records the amount of waste deposited and it converts that to cryptocurrency according to the transaction as stated on the blockchain. That cryptocurrency can, therefore, be used to buy some sweets at the store or fares on the bus or can even be saved up for fees.

  1. Plastic Bank

Plastic bank by IBM is a global network of recycling markets that encourage people to pick up plastic and get rewarded by cryptocurrencies. Plastic Bank uses local entrepreneurs to collect plastic waste from people, gather them, and sort them by type, colour, and weight and sell them directly to manufacturers who are certainly end-users of the plastic waste.

The individuals who bring the plastic to the collector are rewarded with blockchain-backed cryptocurrencies (bitcoins among others).

  1. RecycleToCoin

This is another example of a blockchain based waste management platform. A bit peculiar to others, this one allows for the exchange of cryptocurrencies received to e-gift cards.

They also have a partnership with Plastic Bank that allows those who use RecycletoCoin to donate their cryptocurrency earnings to Plastic Bank.

RecycletoCoin was developed by the Blockchain Development Company (BCDC), and like every other blockchain based waste management platform, it rewards users in for picking up single-use plastic and tin cans by exchanging such waste for BCDC tokens which can be in turn exchanged for other cryptocurrencies.

  1. Agora Tech Lab

Based in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Agora is developing its first pilot within the municipality of Rotterdam and several local organizations to use blockchains to register waste management related transactions.

Residents of Rotterdam are rewarded with cryptocurrencies for services that involve waste management and recycling in their society. Agora Tech Lab being a start-up company, didn’t need to source for heavy funding. Blockchain technology has given them a scalable platform to build and make waste management more accountable.

 

In conclusion…

Waste management really comes down to our personal resolve. Dropping plastic cans in the appropriate bins and keeping such waste away from the ocean should be a duty; to earth and to the life of various species.

The UK is doing a lot in terms of waste management, but with the implementation of blockchain technology in their plans, they will be able to do much more. Thanks to the evidence from the four companies above, we have seen instances where blockchain-based platforms have been able to challenge effective recycling and recovery, and also reward contributors with cryptocurrencies and tokens for their contributions to the recycling process.

Finally, the blockchain technology is the next lofty step to be taken in waste management in this era where we are trying to promote transparency in the public sector and cultivate and encourage the habit of nurturing our environment in our community.

 

Want to hear more about the role of blockchain technology in renewable power? Take a look at the conference presentations from All-Energy 2018 and download them free-of-charge.

Dcarbonise launches, joining All-Energy 2019

Dcarbonise launches, joining All-Energy 2019

Dcarbonise, an energy customer focused event, is launched today and will be running alongside All-Energy 2019, the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference, at the SEC, Glasgow on 15 – 16 May 2019.

Dcarbonise is sponsored by the Scottish Government, Energy Saving Trust and Zero Waste Scotland and will focus on energy efficiency, low carbon heat and low carbon transport solutions.

All-Energy’s Event Director, Jonathan Heastie of Reed Exhibitions, the organisers of the annual event said: “The creation of Dcarbonise recognises the continuing evolution of All-Energy as it approaches its 19th edition.

“All-Energy will now fully concentrate on its renewable power heritage, one which it has upheld for almost 20 years since its launch in 2001, with Dcarbonise focusing more on the energy end-user rather than the generator and supply chain. Accommodating extra space in the SEC, the new event will incorporate the latest solutions for energy efficiency and low carbon heat, as well as a larger, dedicated area, showcasing low carbon and smart transport technologies, including an ‘Arrive and Drive’ test drive feature where visitors can take test drives in low carbon vehicles. The Dcarbonise conference will incorporate the Smart Urban Mobility Solutions stream which includes low carbon transport sessions.

“The Scottish Government’s minimum energy efficiency requirements for privately rented properties come into effect on 1 April 2020. This is a major trigger for the creation of Dcarbonise. It means that domestic private sector landlords with small property portfolios; non-domestic landlords; and the public sector are the primary target audience for our energy efficiency and low carbon heat hall.

This event will also appeal to private sector landlords with larger property portfolios; local authorities; commercial businesses; architects and designers; the wider supply chain as well as trade bodies.

Dcarbonise will also host a central ‘hub’ consisting of Energy Saving Trust, Home Energy Scotland, Zero Waste Scotland and Resource Efficient Scotland where attendees can come to meet representatives from each of the organisations in the form of an ‘advice clinic’.

There will also be a full range of demonstrations; quick fire seminars, workshops and 1-2-1 meeting opportunities on the exhibition floor.

Further information on all aspects of All-Energy and Dcarbonise, including exhibiting and sponsorship, is at www.all-energy.co.uk/dcarbonise. The Call for Papers for All-Energy and Dcarbonise is currently open at www.all-energy.co.uk/conference with a deadline of 20 December 2018.

All-Energy Welcomes Shepherd & Wedderburn as Headline Sponsor

All-Energy Welcomes Shepherd & Wedderburn as Headline Sponsor

The UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference, All-Energy 2019, which takes place at Glasgow’s SEC on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 May 2019, has once again attracted Shepherd and Wedderburn as its headline sponsor.

“We are very pleased to welcome Shepherd and Wedderburn back as Headline Sponsor for yet another year,” said All-Energy’s Event Director, Jonathan Heastie of Reed Exhibitions. “It is always a pleasure to welcome back a sponsor to the same role as it is proof that the previous year’s experience met their aims and objectives. We look forward to working with them in the coming months to ensure tht their 2019 involvement is just as successful

“Shepherd and Wedderburn is delighted to be supporting the 2019 All-Energy conference for the fourh consecutive year as Headline Sponsor,” said Clare Foster, Head of Clean Energy, Partner, Banking and Finance, Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP.

“All-Energy 2018 was a fantastic success. The two-day conference and exhibition was attended by over 7,000 from the UK and overseas, coming together to forge business relationships and share knowledge that will ultimately chart the future direction of the UK’s clean energy success story.

“In 2019 representatives from Shepherd and Wedderburn’s 90-strong specialist clean energy team will be there in force over the two days to provide legal and commercial updates, meet clients and contacts and share our market-leading expertise.

“All-Energy 2019 promises to be another exciting, high calibre event and we look forward to playing our part in the continuing success and expansion of one of the UK’s most vibrant and innovative sectors.”

In addition to its Headline Sponsor role, Shepherd and Wedderburn will also sponsor the Offshore Wind Theatre, the Sustainable Cities Theatre (in which energy efficiency plays a key role); and two of the show-floor Quick Fire Seminar theatres – Wave & Tidal; and Offshore Wind.

Further information
All-Energy is supported by 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; the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG), with Glasgow as its Host City, and the Society for Underwater Technology as Learned Society Patron.

Full information on exhibiting; sponsorship packages and the conference is available on the show’s website at www.all-energy.co.uk

Call for Papers for All-Energy and SUMS 2019 Now Open and Online

Call for Papers for All-Energy and SUMS 2019 Now Open and Online

The Call for Papers for both All-Energy 2018 and the co-located Smart Urban Mobility Solutions (SUMS 2019) has been launched and is online at www.all-energy.co.uk and www.smarturbanmobilitysolutions.com.  The duo of events will be held at Glasgow’s SEC on 15 and 16 May 2019.

The All-Energy 2019 conference will look at topics that come under all four ‘pillars’ of the event – renewable power; low carbon heat; energy efficiency in the built environment; and low carbon transport (via SUMS 2019).

“Decarbonisation, decentralisation, digitalisation and democratisation (i.e. end-user choice) all play important roles in the conference; so too does climate change particularly in line with the IPCC’s latest report and wider social impacts; Brexit-effects; planning for success and the alignment of data requirements through all stages of delivery; and innovative solutions and finding answers to the questions we used to ignore,” explains Event Director, Jonathan Heastie of Reed Exhibitions who own and organise the duo of events.

“SUMS not only looks at low carbon transport and charging infrastructure but at smart mobility in all its guises from connected and autonomous vehicles to smart parking/payment and multimodal journey planners. The full list of topics coming under the conference spotlight at both events is online. Both conferences are free to attend for all with relevant business/professional interests. Although the Call for Papers is only just being published I can assure all prospective conference attendees that they will be taking part in a truly world-class event.

“We look forward to reviewing a stimulating collection of submissions and sharing them with our industry ‘champions’ over the coming months and also to involving session sponsors at the earliest opportunity. The Call for Papers closes on 20 December.

“With just over seven months before the doors open at SEC for our duo of events I am delighted to report that exhibition sales continue to run ahead of where we were at this time last year, we are looking forward to a busy exhibition and conference where business is most certainly done, and that always engenders a real buzz.”

Some of the exhibitors from Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the UK who have already confirmed their space booking include 2G Energy, ABB Turbocharging, Centrica, Clarke Energy, Deutsche Windtechnik, Enercon, Greenbyte, Ingeteam, Knights Brown Construction, Moventas Gears, Nordex, PARAT Halvorsen, Powersystems UK, Schneider Electric, Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks, Senvion UK, Siemens Gamesa, Vensys Energy, Vestas, Visualwind and Wood.

All-Energy is held in association with Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Renewable Energy Association (REA), Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG), Innovate UK and Glasgow City Council, with the Society for Underwater Technology as its Learned Society Patron. SUMS lists Transport Scotland, ITS United Kingdom, Energy Saving Trust, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, REA, Glasgow City Council and Innovate UK amongst its supporters.

Looking back
All-Energy 2018 and SUMS 2018 attracted a total audience of just over 7,000; 300+ exhibiting company; nearly 500 speakers, including four Ministers (the First Minister of Scotland; the UK’s Minister for Energy and Clean Growth; and both Scotland’s Energy and Transport Ministers) in a packed and informative conference; and compliments in plenty. A large number of the conference presentations can be downloaded free of charge from the shows’ websites.

Further information on both events can be found on their websites at www.all-energy.co.uk and www.smarturbanmobilitysolutions.com

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Caption: Busy conference session at All-Energy 2018

Notes to Editors:

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 SUMS was held in 2017. The first 14 All-Energy events were held in Aberdeen; the show moved to Glasgow in 2015.

Editors – if you would like your publication to be an All-Energy 2019/SUMS 2019 media partner: please contact Andreas Antoniou at  Andreas.Antoniou@reedexpo.co.uk or on +44 (0)20 8 439 5160

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 the BIG HIT hydrogen trailer to a Westfield POD and more;

Empowering Female Leaders at All-Energy 2018

Empowering Female Leaders at All-Energy 2018

According to research by POWERful Women, the initiative for advancing the professional growth and leadership development of women within the energy sector, 50% of the top UK energy companies* have all-male boards, 20% of these companies have only one female board member, and a massive 86% have no female executive directors at all.

With this in mind, All-Energy is proud to have played host to more women speakers than ever before in 2018. Both the Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP and Claire Perry MP, Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth took part in the conference and toured the exhibition, and such luminaries as ScottishPower Renewables’ Lindsay McQuade, National Grid’s Dr Charlotte Ramsay, Britta MacIntosh of Ameresco, Professor Karen Turner from Strathclyde University, Sian Wilson from Crown Estate Scotland, and Shepherd and Wedderburns’s Patricia Hawthorn, Liz McRobb and Clare Foster were among over a hundred female thought leaders from across the renewable and low carbon energy industry. Women speakers represented all four All-Energy ‘pillars’ – renewable power; low carbon heat; energy efficiency and low carbon transport.  We hope that in 2019 we see even more women at the lectern.

There is still a long way to go before the diversity targets that POWERful Women aims to have in place by 2030 can be achieved. POWERful Women runs several schemes to support women in energy on their career journey, with mentoring, coaching and networking support ensuring POWERful connections are made.

In the POWERful Connections and POWERful Women @ All-Energy lunchtime networking session on 3 May, sponsored by ScottishPower in association with the Energy Institute, Keith Anderson, CEO, ScottishPower introduced the POWERful Women movement. As an ambassador for gender diversity within the energy industry (and father of four daughters), he emphasised the importance of male employees also being advocates for equality in their workplace.

Anderson stressed how encouraging women in STEM starts with capturing their imagination at a young age, and told of his experience working with schools to encourage young girls ultimately to consider career paths such as engineering, in contrast to the norm of it being marketed as ‘just for boys’. This follows research from EngineeringUK showing that only 25% of girls aged 16-19 would ever consider an engineering career, with 18% of girls surveyed thinking engineering was a career for men.

Guests at the session also heard from Cheryl Hiles, Sector Director for Energy and Environment at Pell Frischmann, who was mentored through the POWERful Connections programme, something that encouraged and inspired her to pursue her current role both professionally and as a mentor. ScottishPower Renewables’ recently appointed CEO, Lindsay McQuade then wrapped up the formal proceedings so that the networking and search for mentors could begin.

Hear more about POWERful Connections in our interview with Cheryl below, and download her presentation free of charge from the All-Energy website. If you would like to get involved with POWERful Women or would like to form some POWERful Connections yourself, go to http://powerfulwomen.org.uk/. If you are interested in sharing your industry knowledge and speaking in the All-Energy 2019 conference, look out for the Call For Papers that will be online in early October.

*The top 80 energy companies that meet two of three criteria are listed on the London Stock Exchange, have a head office in the UK or are a significant employer in the UK.

 

 

All-Energy 2019 Shaping Up Well

All-Energy 2019 Shaping Up Well

Exhibition space is selling well ahead of the position at the same time last year for All-Energy 2019 and the co-located Smart Urban Mobility Solutions (SUMS 2019) being held at Glasgow’s SEC on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 May 2019.

“With nine and a half months to go before the duo of events open, we are greatly encouraged by exhibition sales which are running well ahead of where we were at this time last year,” says the show’s Event Director, Jonathan Heastie of Reed Exhibitions. “Importantly interest – and bookings – has been shown across all four of the show’s ‘pillars’: renewable and low carbon power; energy efficiency; low carbon heat; and low carbon transport.  They realise that coming on board early means that promotion via our much-viewed website, the All-Energy blog, and highly active social media campaign starts right now giving them many months of pre-show publicity.

“Obviously announcements such as news that May will, for the foreseeable future, be CfD month every two years brings certainty to the industry; and investment in more efficient, high quality buildings thanks to up to £12.5m of funding being made available through the industrial Strategy Challenge Fund helps prospective exhibitors see the worth of showcasing their products and services to our audience.  We look forward to sharing more good news in the coming months.”

Some of the exhibitors from Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the UK who have already confirmed their space booking include 2G Energy, Clarke Energy, Deutsche Windtechnik, Greenbyte, Ingeteam, Knights Brown Construction, Moventas Gears, PARAT Halvorsen, Powersystems UK, Senvion UK, Schneider Electric, Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks, Vensys Energy, Vestas Northern & Central Europe and Visualwind.

The All-Energy and SUMS 2019 Call for Papers will be published online in early October.

Looking back

All-Energy 2018 and SUMS 2018 attracted a total audience of just over 7,000; 300+ exhibiting company; nearly 500 speakers, including four Ministers (the First Minister of Scotland; the UK’s Minister for Energy and Clean Growth; and both Scotland’s Energy and Transport Ministers) in a packed and informative conference; and compliments in plenty. A large number of the conference presentations can be downloaded free of charge from the shows’ websites.

Further information on both events can be found on their websites at www.all-energy.co.uk and www.smarturbanmobilitysolutions.com

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Caption: Busy aisle at All-Energy 2018

Notes to Editors:

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 SUMS was held in 2017. The first 14 All-Energy events were held in Aberdeen; the show moved to Glasgow in 2015.

Editors – if you would like your publication to be an All-Energy 2019/SUMS 2019 media partner: please contact Andreas Antoniou at  Andreas.Antoniou@reedexpo.co.uk or on +44 (0)20 8 439 5160

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 the BIG HIT hydrogen trailer to a Westfield POD and more;

Viessmann at All-Energy 2018

Viessmann at All-Energy 2018

We caught up with Christian Engelke, Technical Director, Viessmann onsite back in May to see what new innovations Viessmann were showcasing, and how they found their All-Energy experience:

Find out more about how you could get involved with exhibiting opportunities at All-Energy 2019 by contacting the team today.

How your business can take the lead in the clean energy transition

How your business can take the lead in the clean energy transition

In 2016 the earth’s CO2 levels officially surpassed the 400ppm “tipping point”, where the effects of climate change on our planet were considered by the IPCC to be irreversible.

Perhaps even more disheartening is the fact that as a planet, we emit more than 2.4 million pounds of CO2 every second, with European countries thought have one of the highest outputs from industry sources such as food and drink, manufacturing, transport and waste disposal, to name but a few.

With this in mind, and in light of European Sustainable Energy Week, there is no better time to assess the impact of your business’s collective carbon footprint on the world around us. Every small step will contribute to giant strides in the journey towards a sustainable energy future.

Some companies are already making progress: On the 23rd May, Hilton Hotels announced that it will cut its environmental footprint by 50% and double its social impact investment before the year 2030. Although no easy feat, Hilton is familiar with success in this area. With the saying “many hands make light work” in mind, all employees were incentivised to play their part with the offer of a free bike for everyone at the hotel which showed the largest improvements. By implementing this, alongside other measures since 2008, the company has reduced carbon emissions and waste by 30%, and energy and water consumption by 20% saving more than £7 million in costs. Pretty impressive.

Of course we can’t all be Hilton Hotels. Another way to start the transition might be to look at how each aspect of your business could contribute to your overall carbon footprint – big or small, every little helps. One example of this comes from Freedom Group , a company offering a range of professional, infrastructure and power services working in the UK and Western Europe. Upon assessing their emissions and taking consequential measures, they were able to reduce their footprint by 21%, as well as making an economic saving by reducing waste.

Using telematics, Freedom learnt that 89% of their footprint came from fuel usage – in particular idling time while trucks waited to be un-or-re-loaded, essentially doing nothing at all! Not only was this harmful to the atmosphere, it wasn’t great for Freedom Group’s pockets either – each minute of idling costing the company a painful £4 in fuel. Now, driving styles are monitored on a case by case basis to ensure carbon emissions are kept as low as possible throughout the Freedom fleet.

Business energy efficiency is key to sustainability, and we’re sure you’ll agree there is a lot we can do to improve in our efforts to achieve more and use less. Simple things like switching to LED lighting or encouraging your employees to unplug unused equipment, activate sleep modes and energy saving features on electronics, and turn the heating/lights off when nobody is in the building can all make a difference. Replacing old equipment will, despite the initial cost, similarly help with energy efficiency for the long term by eliminating power draining, outdated technology.

Allowing employees to work from home on certain days could also improve your business’s energy efficiency. According to a 2017 survey by PowWowNow, 58% of employees now have access to flexible working, being able to do their jobs from the comfort of their home. Surprisingly, this move to an agile workforce can have great sustainability gains for your business. Fewer people in the office means less energy used, and in the bigger picture, fewer people on public transport and our roads means a smaller daily carbon footprint. Furthermore, 53% of people surveyed felt they would be more productive if they worked outside of the office, making agile working a plus for your business all round.

Even the way your employees dress in the office can make a difference. In a case study as part of a report by The Carbon Trust and Smart Energy GB, one participant explained that by wearing casual clothes rather than suits on non-client facing days, they had less need for full air-conditioning in the workplace.

Ultimately, the sustainable energy revolution is in our hands. Find out more about European Sustainable Energy Week and how your business can get involved here, or take a look at Smart Energy GB’s bank of resources for employers aimed at improving workplace energy efficiency.

All-Energy and Smart Urban Mobility Solutions Conference Presentations Now Available Free-of-Charge

All-Energy and Smart Urban Mobility Solutions Conference Presentations Now Available Free-of-Charge

Just weeks after the successful All-Energy 2018, and co-located Smart Urban Mobility Solutions (SUMS 2018), were held at Glasgow’s SEC (2-3 May) 375+ presentations, speeches and academic posters are now online. All are available free-of-charge to refresh the memories of those who attended a conference session; those who missed one in favour of another; or even those who this year were unable to attend.

All-Energy and SUMS 2018 attracted 300+ exhibiting companies; nearly 500 speakers; and a record 46 academic posters.  All of this encouraged a total attendance of 7,027 over the two days including developers, utilities, investors, local government, energy end users, academia and representatives from the full supply chain.

“Our online collection of presentations is a marvellous library of instantly accessible political statements, interpretations of policy, case histories, descriptions of innovative developments and solutions, and much more,” explains All-Energy and SUMS’s Event Director, Jonathan Heastie of Reed Exhibitions who own and organise the annual duo of shows. “They reflect the four ‘pillars’ of the events, renewable power, low carbon heating, energy efficiency and low carbon transport.

“Some sessions were panel discussions without presentations that could be put online, and in some instances speakers, including some of our four Ministerial visitors – the First Minister of Scotland, Scotland’s Business, Innovation and Energy, and Transport and the Island’s Ministers, and the UK’s Minister for Energy and Clean Growth –  spoke ‘from the heart’ and no formal speech or presentation exists. That’s one good reason for putting the dates of the 2019 show in your diary now and promising yourself a stimulating time on 15 and 16 May 2019!”

The All-Energy presentations are online at www.all-energy.co.uk/en/Conference/Download-2018-Presentations/ with SUMS 2018 ones at www.smarturbanmobilitysolutions.com/Conference/Download-2018-SUMS-Presentations/

“A fantastic conference”
Keith Anderson, who chaired the opening plenary session, which included keynote addresses from the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon MSP; Sinead Lynch, Country Chair of Shell; Professor Sir Jim McDonald of Strathclyde University; Ian Meikle, Director of Clean Growth and Infrastructure at Innovate UK and both the Lord Provost and The Leader of host city Glasgow, sums up All-Energy: “It is a fantastic conference; I think what it shows is if you set ambitious targets you set a good framework, you encourage a huge number of people and a huge number of companies to get involved.”

The First Minister, who launched the ‘Energy Efficiency Scotland Roadmap’ at All-Energy explained in an interview: “It’s a comprehensive look across all of the four pillars of the conference and how we make this transformation to a low carbon era. It is one of the most important events and showcases for low carbon technologies anywhere in the UK

“Having conferences of this scale and this stature and importance in Glasgow is a huge accolade for the city and it is wonderful to see All-Energy back here” (she also spoke at All-Energy 2017). “The All-Energy conference itself is becoming increasingly important as we try to generate the debate and the correct way around all of these issues.”

Her full speech is online as is that of Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister of State for Business, Innovation and Energy.

UK Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth, Claire Perry MP explained after she had spoken: “I was talking about the fact that we have done really well as a nation, right across the UK in setting the pace on decarbonisation; and I also talked about the fact that Scotland, where we are today at this wonderful conference, has got some unique opportunities which it is exploiting, particularly on the renewable energy side. So it is great to come up to Scotland to celebrate that, and also talk about the fact that the UK is setting the pace in this area.”

Strong views in SUMS 2018
Shell UK’s Chair, Sinead Lynch commented when in the SUMS area of the exhibition alongside the Shell UrbanConcept vehicle and Strathclyde University’s entry for the forthcoming Shell Eco-marathon: “I’m really impressed by what I’ve seen. One of our strategic objectives is to drive through energy transition to bring in new fuels and new offerings to our customers, and part of that is being part of the eco-system, meeting the supply chain and collaborating with partners. This is a great venue at which to do it.”

While there she met up with Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister for Transport and the Islands before he delivered a keynote speech in the first of six SUMS 2018 sessions. Considering transport fuels he said: “It’s about not putting all our eggs in one basket, so you’ve got hydrogen, biofuels, electricity, and making sure we’ve putting enough resources into each of these. The innovation on display here is breath-taking. I’ve actually never seen so much of it in one place under one roof, and I’m delighted that Glasgow is hosting it.”

Key stakeholders air their views
Speaking at the end of the packed discussion session that she chaired on ‘Sustainable Cities: Are we there yet? Green infrastructure and New World thinking’, Clare Foster, Partner and Head of Clean Energy at All-Energy’s headline sponsor, Shepherd and Wedderburn, explained: “The innovation and all of the enthusiasm that is here over a two day period is just really infectious – it’s brilliant!”

As Matthew Knight, Business Development, Power and Gas and Power Services, Siemens plc commented: “The footfall is great, and there are enough people here interested in whatever you are selling to make it worth being here, and the overall buzz is pretty exciting.”

Information on all aspects of All-Energy and SUMS 2018 is at www.all-energy.co.uk and www.smarturbanmobilitysolutions.com as is information on exhibiting in 2019.

Strong support
Shepherd and Wedderburn is All-Energy’s headline sponsor. Other sponsors include the Crown Estate Scotland, Centrica, Element Power, Erova Energy, Innovate UK, Invest in Fife, ORE Catapult, ScottishPower Renewables and WPO. All-Energy is supported by a large number 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; 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.

 

Notes to Editors:

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 SUMS was held in 2017. The first 14 All-Energy events were held in Aberdeen; the show moved to Glasgow in 2015.

Editors – if you would like your publication to be an All-Energy 2019/SUMS 2019 media partner: please contact Andreas Antoniou at andreas.antoniou@reedexpo.co.uk or on +44(0)208 439 5160.

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 the BIG HIT hydrogen trailer to a Westfield POD and more.

Four Ministers and Praise in Plenty: The All-Energy 2018 Success Story

Four Ministers and Praise in Plenty: The All-Energy 2018 Success Story

All-Energy 2018, the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference and the co-located Smart Urban Mobility Solutions (SUMS 2018) attracted four government ministers, total attendance of over 7,000 and plaudits a-plenty.

Held at Glasgow’s SEC on 2 and 3 May the duo of events saw the First Minister of Scotland, Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP and Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister for Transport and the Islands both deliver keynote speeches and tour the show on Day 1. And on Day 2, Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, and Rt Hon Claire Perry MP, Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth similarly delivered keynote addresses, with the UK Minister undertaking a tour of the show, and briefly attending a POWERful Women networking event.

“We were delighted to welcome all four Ministers to the show, which – as the First Minister pointed out – encompassed all four of All-Energy’s ‘pillars’: renewable power, low carbon heating, energy efficiency, and low carbon transport (this last in the SUMS conference stream and exhibition area),” said All-Energy/SUMS Event Director, Jonathan Heastie of Reed Exhibitions who own and organise the annual event.

“We introduced a number of features this year event including an Innovation Hub and trail; an Investors Breakfast; ‘Meet the Local Authority Official’ and ‘Meet the Farmer’ networking events; an International Trade Theatre; and The Hydrogen Hub set against the backdrop of a hydrogen tube trailer literally en route to Orkney where it will be based. With them all we established a firm basis for building for the future – All-Energy 2019 and SUMS 2019 will be held 15 and 16 May at Glasgow’s SEC.

“The basic statistics speak for themselves: 300+ exhibiting companies; 460+ speakers; a record 46 academic posters – we are proud of our association with academia for research is the lifeblood of the sectors we serve, and in addition to the posters there are always many academics speaking in the conference.  All of this encouraged a total attendance of 7,027 over the two days including developers, utilities, investors, local government, energy end users, and representatives from the full supply chain.

“We will be surveying attendees to gather feedback, but it is always a delight to be on the receiving end of post-event emails bringing with them compliments as well as suggestions for areas to be looked at in the future. These include comments such as the following from exhibitors and conference speakers:

  • I like the fact that All-Energy covers the broad spectrum of energy and that hydrogen had a high prominence in 2018. It is a hive of innovation and facilitates effective networking for cross pollination of ideas.
  • I thought All-Energy was great this year and had an enjoyable and productive two days of catching up with contacts and meeting new folk
  • This is the first time I’ve attended All-Energy and I found it a really powerful platform for low carbon technologies, particularly with the ministerial attention it received
  • It was great occasion to share results of some projects and what more important to make new contacts with other people doing similar things in other part of the world.
  • I was very impressed with the quality of the speakers and topics and the energy around the entire conference was really exciting
  • Another great year at All-Energy, which is an event that I think continuously improves
  • The best yet!

“The HI-energy and Orkney pavilions fill a large area of the show and Audrey MacIver, Director of Energy and Low Carbon at Highlands and Islands Enterprise sums up their reaction by saying:  ‘All-Energy is one of the most important events of the year for us and our companies and this year we were once again impressed by the calibre of visitors, exhibitors and speakers.  The companies on the HI-energy and Energy of Orkney pavilions have reported a successful show in 2018, and we look forward to hearing of more of their successes as they come to fruition’.

“We as organisers look forward to continuing feedback from exhibitors, speakers and visitors and look forward to welcoming all to All-Energy 2019 and SUMS next May.”

Information on all aspects of All-Energy and SUMS 2018 is at www.all-energy.co.uk and www.smarturbanmobilitysolutions.com as is information on exhibiting in 2019.  Conference presentations will be online within two weeks enabling those wanting to recapture what they heard, or who missed a session to catch up free of charge.

Strong support

Shepherd and Wedderburn is All-Energy’s headline sponsor. Other sponsors include the Crown Estate Scotland, Centrica, Element Power, Erova Energy, Innovate UK, Invest in Fife, ORE Catapult, ScottishPower Renewables and WPO. All-Energy is supported by a large number 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; 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.

During and post-show news from exhibitors

  • MVGLA demonstrated their wind- and solar farm design, planning, visualisation and communication tool. Finley Becks-Phelps of Fred Olson Renewables was the winner of  a year’s subscription and he said: “ I am absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to use Windplanner, very pleased to have won your competition. I am the New Sites Manager here at Fred Olsen Renewables and look forward to utilising it in early wind farm planning. Allowing early involvement from local communities and consultees to make sure that we design projects that work for everyone allowing the program to demonstrate key viewpoints and illustrate the development process over and above normal practices.”
  • TLT’s Clean Energy Investment Trends 2018 report, was launched at All-Energy. It looks at the trends over the last 12 months and considers future investment opportunities. The report is produced by TLT and Clean Energy Pipeline and includes commentary from industry experts.
  • Heriot-Watt University welcomed Soltropy Ltd as a sharer on their stand (Stuart Speake of Soltropy Limited was awarded “Inventor of the Year” at the third annual Made in Scotland Awards at the end of April). With the decarbonisation of heat energy a priority for governments, solar thermal panels provide a way to convert the sun’s free energy into usable heat for the home or building, and to help fight global warming. However, in countries experiencing freezing temperatures, existing solutions are complex and costly as they must be protected against freezing. Over several years, Heriot-Watt University’s Energy Academy has been working with Scottish start-up Soltropy Limited to develop new and patented technology that allows the system to freeze without damage.
  • SmartestEnergy reported great interest in theirEnergy Entrepreneurs Report given the current challenges around subsidy cuts and independent generators exploring new revenue opportunities. http://www.smartestenergy.com/info-hub/energy-entrepreneurs-report-2018/
  • The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult published a new evidence-based assessment that shows the UK’s marine energy industries can meet the requirements of the UK Government’s ‘Triple Test’. This report was also the subject of a panel discussion in the All-Energy conference
  • WITT received a huge amount of interest ranging not only for marine energy harvesting units but our sub sea oil and gas sector opportunities, the sealed WITT can be deployed from tiny to large for cathodic protection, also power for aqua culture and desalination. “We have already had positive emails and our CEO has had very constructive follow on calls! All-Energy is a good platform for WITT…..thank you”
  • Renewable Exchange reported “unprecedented levels of interest for our PPA Marketplace, Renewable Exchange, allowing independent generators to connect with all their PPA options, automate and optimise their PPA renewal process.”
  • Ecotricity reported: We had great footfall and a lot of people asking us about our partnership with Next Kraftwerke for the Virtual Power Plant (VPP)”
  • Xodus Group signed a MoU with Atlantis Resources to pursue the development of a tidal energy project in Japan. The ambition is to secure funding and establish a commercially viable tidal energy demonstration project of three to eight turbines in the country.
  • BIG HIT celebrated another milestone with the handover at All-Energy of two hydrogen tube trailers from Calvera, which increases the Orkney fleet to five hydrogen tube trailers. These new trailers will transport ‘Green Hydrogen’ in the Orkney Islands from where it is produced locally using renewable energy to where it is used. This is a significant step towards creating a Hydrogen Territory in the Orkney Islands as part of the €10.9 million EU supported BIG HIT project
  • Star Renewable Energy makes the case for making low carbon water source heat pumps easier to deploy. Director, Dave Pearson  took part in a panel discussion and delivered a presentation about the challenges of delivering industrial scale water source heat pumps and in particular talked about the Gorbals Heat Pump project which is expected to provide heating to residential properties and business in the area. The heat pump to be deployed in the river Clyde in Glasgow is the UK’s first high temperature and largest inner-city water source heat pump and will deliver immediate 50% carbon reductions by providing over 80% of the connected building’s heat requirements.
  • Maximising business opportunities for the Scottish offshore wind supply chain
  • SOWSCF (Scottish Offshore Wind Supply Chain Forum) launches survey as it seeks local organisation to help accelerate national competitiveness of Scottish offshore wind supply chain (survey closing date is 18 May)
  • Forum plans to establish itself as an industrial resource and grow the available business opportunities in Scottish, UK-wide, European and Global Markets
  • SOWSCF backed by Scottish Renewables, AREG, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Government among others

An industry association is calling on businesses within the Scottish offshore wind supply chain to support its efforts to accelerate national competitiveness, improve skills and create employment opportunities. If you represent a business in or who works with the Scottish supply chain and have a moment to share your knowledge and expertise, please visit www.offshorewindscotland.org.uk/ for more information and to complete the survey.

Full information on both events is at  www.all-energy.co.uk and www.smarturbanmobilitysolutions.com

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Notes to Editors:

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 SUMS was held in 2017. The first 14 All-Energy events were held in Aberdeen; the show moved to Glasgow in 2015.

Editors – if you would like your publication to be an All-Energy 2019/SUMS 2019 media partner: please contact Andreas Antoniou at andreas.antoniou@reedexpo.co.uk

Further press information is available from: Judith Patten @ JPPR – judithpatten@JPPR.uk.com