Two complementary (and complimentary – for they are free to attend) events are being held in Glasgow’s SEC on 15 and 16 May which will provide rich pickings for energy managers – All-Energy and the new co-located Dcarbonise. Free registration is open online and covers the exhibition, conference, and Civic Reception and Giant Networking Evening.
The 19th All-Energy, the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon exhibition and conference, focuses on renewable power with a large exhibition hall packed with innovative solutions for the challenges facing every sort of renewable energy development.
It has a packed two-day conference with over 400 speakers on all forms of renewable energy as well as energy systems, the grid, energy storage, hydrogen, finance and funding, community and local energy; and – thanks largely to UK Innovation and Research and Innovate UK, and others – truly majors on innovation
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP will be amongst the speakers in the combined All-Energy/Dcarbonise opening plenary session, along with Keith Anderson, CEO of Scottish Power and Chris Stark, CEO of the Committee on Climate Change. Industry luminaries take part in sessions devoted to bioenergy in all its forms, solar power, wind power (on- and offshore), energy from waste, the grid, energy systems, finance and funding -and more in the multi-stream conference; and in exhibition showfloor seminar theatres.
Two other Scottish Government Ministers play key roles. Michael Matheson MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity will be speaking in the opening session of the Smart Urban Mobility Solutions conference stream on 15 May, which looks, during five 90-minute sessions, at connected and autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles of all types and the role they play in improving air quality as well as being the low carbon option. Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands will be one of the Day Two plenary session speakers, not only to talk about the topics of interest to All-Energy visitors but Dcarbonise ones as well.
Dcarbonise, held for the first time this year, alongside All-Energy with seamless entry to both events with one badge, has as its strap line “A carbon-neutral future starts here”. It is Scotland’s only dedicated event for low-carbon built environment and transport solutions. Sponsored by the Scottish Government, Energy Saving Trust and Zero Waste Scotland, it is aligned to the Scottish Government’s Energy Efficient Scotland programme.
It focuses more on the energy end-user rather than the generator and supply chain; and its exhibition incorporates the latest solutions for energy efficiency, low carbon heat, and low carbon and smart transport. Decarbonising industry and carbon capture and storage also come under its banner, as do two sessions on ‘The net zero challenge’. As well as da display of low carbon vehicles, there’s an ‘Arrive and Drive’ test drive feature where visitors can try out an LCV.
As Event Director, Jonathan Heastie from Reed Exhibitions, explains: “The major trigger for the creation of Dcarbonise was very much the Scottish Government’s minimum energy efficiency requirements for privately rented properties that come into effect on 1 April 2020. Domestic private sector landlords with small property portfolios; non-domestic landlords; and the public sector will most certainly be heading for our energy efficiency and low carbon heat hall.
“The event will also appeal to private sector landlords with larger property portfolios; local authorities; commercial businesses; architects and designers; energy managers; the wider supply chain including installers; as well as trade bodies.”
The exhibition hosts a central ‘hub’ consisting of Energy Saving Trust, Home Energy Scotland, Zero Waste Scotland and Resource Efficient Scotland where attendees can meet representatives from each organisation for 1-2-1 advice.
Dcarbonise will have sessions on both energy efficiency and low carbon heat in the main conference programme. Fortuitously two important Scottish Government consultations are open at show time – the ‘Energy Efficient Scotland’ consultation and ‘The future of low carbon heat for off gas buildings’ call for evidence. Both will come under the conference spotlight; as (in energy efficiency) will other highly relevant topics including The IET’s retrofit report; Scotland’s capability and capacity in the energy efficiency sector; EPC band C targets; industrial decarbonisation; support for private sector landlords and more.
On the low carbon heat front, the main conference looks at ‘Opportunities for circularity in heat’, ’Achieving low carbon solutions’; ‘Establishing a price for heat’; and ‘Heat and the city: UK district heating challenges’.
Both energy efficiency in the built environment and low carbon heat boast their own exhibition show floor seminar theatres with packed programmes in each throughout the two days. The energy efficiency theatre looks, via more than 20 presentations, at human behaviour, retrofit, using data, ‘here to help, lessons learned and additionally includes a 90-minute UK Research and Innovation session on ‘Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund: Transforming Construction’ which also includes retrofit.
The low carbon heat theatre features some 30 presentations embracing scene setters; geothermal; district heating, including a 90-minute ‘Innovations in district heating – inspiration from Denmark’ session; and hydrogen for heat – a packed programme.