The low carbon heat and energy efficiency elements of the All-Energy/Dcarbonise Virtual Summit have been unveiled by Reed Exhibitions. Thursday 5 November features Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands in a ‘Meet the Minister’ session, followed first by an update on Energy Efficient Scotland, and then ‘Energy Efficient Scotland: Solutions & The Future’ both sponsored by the Scottish Government. Registration for these, and five other compelling webinars in the Virtual Summit, is open at https://forum.all-energy.co.uk/category/webinars/upcoming-webinars/
At 09:00 Minister on 5 November Minister Paul Wheelhouse MSP will set the scene with a keynote address at the start of this webinar and be on hand for a brief time to answer questions, In a session chaired by Ragne Low, Head of Heat Planning and Delivery, Scottish Government the audience will also hear from those concerned directly with policy and strategy; and from those determined to move the dial to ensure ever-greater levels of energy efficiency and use of low carbon heat.
Heating buildings is responsible for a significant proportion of Scotland’s emissions. As such, work to make homes and buildings of all sorts more energy efficient and to transition heating systems to renewable or low carbon sources is critical speakers from Mott MacDonald, the Highland Council and from NHS National Services Scotland will explore what has been done and what is on the agenda.
The Energy Efficient Scotland programme builds on existing legislation and programmes that are already supporting the improvement of the energy efficiency of homes, businesses and public buildings, as well as the work done with local authorities to develop Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies (LHEES). Dcarbonise, which in normal times is co-located with All-Energy the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon exhibition and conference, reflects these aims and also includes the Smart Urban Mobility Solutions (SUMS) low carbon transport conference stream and display of vehicles.
From policy and strategy to solutions
The second session ‘Energy Efficient Scotland: Solutions & The Future’ (11:30 on 5 November), chaired by Suzanne LeMiere, Head of Heat Policy, Heat Strategy Unit, Consumers and Low Carbon, Scottish Government will home in on solutions.
First up will be the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP) which supports Scotland’s transition to a low-carbon economy. It provides a range of support, from expert advice to financial support to assist the development and delivery of private, public and community low-carbon projects across Scotland Its main focus is assisting projects to develop investment-grade business cases and providing capital funding that will help secure public and private match finance to demonstrate innovative low-carbon technologies. Carole Stewart, Team Leader for Low Carbon Infrastructure, Scottish Government will speak of successes, lessons learned and LCITP’s future focus
Warmworks, who deliver the Scottish Government’s nationwide energy efficiency scheme, Warmer Homes Scotland, will update the audience on insulation, efficient heating and renewable technologies in the homes of households who are struggling with the cost of high energy bills. Next up will be Energy Saving Trust with information in plenty on their advice and support programmes followed by Zero Waste Scotland who will talk about the SME Loans Programme. All will be sharing those all-important ‘lessons learned’ and success stories.
Successful webinar series
Traditionally All-Energy/Dcarbonise is held by Reed Exhibitions in May at Glasgow’s SEC. Since May 2020 18 webinars have been held reflecting many of the interests of exhibitors, speakers and visitors to the two-day event. The 18 webinars have attracted 11,740 registrations and resulted in 7,664 unique viewers who have either attended ‘on the day’ or watched ‘on-demand’. Registrations for the first seven webinars being held as part of the Virtual Summit on 3-5 November are coming in thick and fast. The full collection of All-Energy/Dcarbonise webinars is at https://forum.all-energy.co.uk/category/webinars/
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 12 and Thursday 13 May 2021.
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.