All-Energy & Dcarbonise caring for the environment

All Energy Exhibition 2023 SEC, Glasgow

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All-Energy 2024, the UK’s largest renewable and low energy exhibition and conference, brings together key stakeholders actively involved in engineering a net zero future. Held 15-16 May at Glasgow’s SEC the exhibition features 270 exhibitors embracing all sources of renewable energy and, increasingly, the grid and networks as grid modernisation moves ever closer. The co-located Dcarbonise is aimed at decarbonising the built environment, heat, cities/places, industry, and transport.

All elements of the two-day event – the major exhibition, multi-streamed conference, show floor theatres and Civic Reception and Giant Networking Evening – are free to attend for those with relevant business, or academic interests. The 2023 edition of the annual series attracted total attendance of 9,706.

“Politicians, industry leaders, working engineers and academic specialists abound in the stellar line-up of some 600+ speakers over the two days. All are working towards that single net zero target,” explained Jonathan Heastie, Portfolio Director Energy & Marine, RX Global, who own and organise the duo of events.

“They range from Scotland’s First Minister, Humza Yousaf, through to a veritable ‘who’s who’ of experts speaking in both plenary sessions, our 11 parallel sessions and nine show floor theatres. The duo of events encompasses topics ranging from offshore wind (and all other forms of renewable energy) and hydrogen and energy storage, investment, community and local energy, PPAs, EfW, supply chain, skills and future talent to Dcarbonise’s range of subjects.. It is no wonder that visitors put “learning” top of their list in post-show surveys. They learn too by spending time in the exhibition with its host of innovative solutions. The full exhibitor directory is online with a facility to mark those of particular importance so that every visitor can design their own plan for their time with us.”

Three particular sessions bring environmental challenges and opportunities to the fore – first ‘Delivering nature positive development’ as part of the onshore wind conference stream, and designed by NatureScot to answer an important question: “How can we ensure Scotland makes the most of this opportunity, and delivers The Scottish Government’s expectation of tackling the twin climate and nature crises in tandem?”.

Scotland’s ambitious 20 GW target for onshore wind by 2030 presents a challenge, but also an important opportunity, for nature.  With presentations from industry and advisers (NatureScot, Scottish Renewables, the Royal Town Planning Institute and Cameron Ecology) the session will reflect on the sector’s past and future contribution to nature, share practical experience, and discuss where change or improvement may enable us to deliver better and more for nature.

From the rural landscape to cities….. Here the intriguingly entitled ‘Maps, money and multiple benefits: City scale decarbonisation’ with panellists from ECCI, ScottishPower Energy Networks, Sustainable Development Capital and Mott MacDonald is chaired by Shepherd and Wedderburn’s Clare Foster who explained: “We need to take decisive action to decarbonise – and quickly. Cities are responsible for more than 65 per cent of the world’s energy consumption and over 70 per cent of global CO2 emissions. They are also crucial for economic development, with over 75% of global wealth generated in thm – so what better place to focus. We will explore if there is a better way to identify the decarbonisation opportunities and maximise the impact of investment.”

The last in this highlighted trio sets the scene with its title alone: ‘The only road to Net Zero:  unpacking the imperative for – and the opportunity of – circularity in Scotland’s energy sector’ with Zero Waste Scotland as its organiser.

“We look forward to welcoming you – in the meantime, register here” said Jonathan Heastie.