Last week, delegates attended the 10th annual Energy Scotland Conference . The theme for the conference was “The Scottish Energy Strategy and Opportunities for the Industry” and was opened by Kate Forbes, MSP who is a member of the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee. She discussed the requirement not only for government support but also for a collaborative approach in moving towards a low carbon economy.

The Scottish Energy Strategy, published on January 24th of this year, emphasised the objective of moving towards a low-carbon economy by 2050, with a new target of 50% of Scotland’s energy requirements to be catered to by renewable sources by 2030.

The conference also welcomed Chris Stark – Director of Energy & Climate Change; Alan Brown MP; Colin McNaught of Ricardo; Duncan Booker of Glasgow City Council; Karen Turner of CEP; Toby Peters of Heriot –Watt University; Garry Clark of Scottish Chambers of Commerce; Grant Spence of Mott McDonald; Andy Kerr of ECCI; Matt Hastings of Centrica; Stuart Little of IRT Surveys Ltd; John MacNeil Smart Energy GB.

Scotland has already made significant progress with renewable energy in recent years and support from the Scottish Government, new innovation and opportunities for development will contribute greatly to its continued success.

Scottish Gas Centrica were the main sponsor for the conference, which celebrated its tenth anniversary, as Scottish Energy Association also celebrates 25 years of work in the energy industry.

Delegates enjoyed networking, presentations by each of the speakers and Q&A sessions throughout the day, at the Technology and Innovation Centre at the University of Strathclyde.

Our next knowledge-sharing event will take place later this month in Glasgow. We also look forward to exhibiting at All-Energy again later this year on May 10th and 11th. We will be exhibiting with three of our members, Spectrum Engineering, Ricardo Energy & Environment and Atkins on stand P68 see – http://www.all-energy.co.uk/

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