Strathclyde University has formally launched its new Centre for Energy Policy – with the aim of challenging and informing policy analysis and decision-making in Scotland and around the world.
And Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal of Strathclyde University, is due to give a talk – hosted by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce at the All Energy event in this city this week – on ‘Glasgow as the emerging Scottish capital of the energy sector’ and why it means investment, progress and growth for the city’s economy and population.
The decision by All Energy to hold its annual UK exhibition in Glasgow this year for the first time – and ending a 14-year run at Aberdeen because of the price and paucity of hotels in the Granite City – has sparked a bitter war of words between the cities’ municipal and marketing leaders.
Some 450 companies from 20 countries – with 440 speakers – are due to participate in All Energy over the two days.
The chairman of the new centre is Ian Marchant, who is also chairman of Wood Group, Infinis Energy and Scotland 2020 Climate Group.
He said: “How we produce energy determines our environmental impact, its price our economic welfare and its availability our way of life. We need a joined-up policy framework that acknowledges these objectives. The Centre for Energy Policy is a much-needed innovation to bridge academic approaches to energy policy, the needs of policy-makers and the engineering and business challenges of this 21st-century industry.
The Centre for Energy Policy’s focus is on the design and delivery of policies that relate to:
- Energy Production
- Security of Energy Supply
- Sustainability of Energy Supply
- Economic and Environmental Impacts of Energy Policies
Professor Karen Turner, CEP Director, said: “The centre will look to broaden the discussion about the future of energy policy in Scotland, not just focusing on electricity and renewables but also considering the longer-term issues, such as transport and heating.
“The centre will benefit from Strathclyde’s renowned collaborative approach to research and knowledge exchange.
“Our team will draw on the university’s considerable energy-related expertise – held across its science, engineering, humanities and social sciences faculties and business school – and will create a space for useful and challenging debate on energy policy.”
Meanwhile the Glasgow-based Industrial and Power Association (IPA) is sharing its stand (M18) at All Energy with Energy Diagnostics, Ricardo-AEA, SLR Consulting and Turner & Townsend.
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