The Scottish Energy Association is to lead industry feedback on the government’s draft Scottish Energy Strategy with comments and input from its Energy Scotland Conference, held last week in Glasgow.
A range of speakers discussed key components of the Scottish Energy Strategy, including:
- Decentralisation, Digitalisation and Demand, and
- Commercial Advantages of a Joined-up energy strategy for Scotland
Hector Grant, Chief Executive of the Scottish Energy Association, said: “We will endeavour to distill some of the comments made so that we can respond back to the Scottish Government on the Scottish Energy Strategy.
“We represent some of the industry’s leading players and assist our members in offering an informed voice on energy matters to legislators, regulators and decision makers.”
In that all-energy regard, the Scottish Energy Association is similar to Norwegian Energy Partners (NORWEP) – the new organisation formed by the recent merger of Norwegian Oil and Gas Partners and Norwegian Renewable Energy Partners.
The same ‘all-energy’ approach has also been adopted by the East of England Energy Group (EEGR) – which is helping both oil and gas and the offshore renewable energy sectors to help themselves by promoting mutually beneficial opportunities.
Prof. Karen Turner, Director of the Centre for Energy Policy at Strathclyde University was one of the keynote speakers at the Scottish Energy Association conference. See also:
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Another key speaker was Prof. Toby Peters from Heriot Watt University, who raised concerns about the quantity of un-regulated diesel emissions from regfrigeration-cooling engines mounted on many HGVs used to transport food and coolstuffs around the UK.
He said: “Diesel engines look set to dominate HGV propulsion for decades to come. Yes, we need to identify and develop the longer term energy carriers with adequate energy density to replace diesel in HGVs.
“But we should also be investing heavily to support home grown innovations that significantly improve HGV diesel engine efficiency, accelerating their path to market to deliver major reductions in CO2, NOx and PM emissions for the critical next two decades.”
On 28 March, the Heriot-Watt University Energy Academy is holding its second Annual Conference and will address energy innovation and skills in a global market.
We will publish our Annual Report and hear from speakers including Katherine White, Head of Energy & Climate Change Projects, in the Scottish Government who will talk about the energy consultation that the Scottish Government is undertaking.
We will also be launching the 2017 Fledge Grant competition. To sign up, register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/heriot-watt-energy-academy-conference-tickets-32086970994
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