All-Energy, the UK’s largest renewable energy exhibition and conference, proved it could pull out all the stops thanks to its move to Glasgow, and welcomed a record-breaking attendance of 8,250 (preliminary figures) from over 50 countries last week at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre.
This is an increase of 20% compared to last year’s attendance – and previous best – at Aberdeen, when 6,875 people attended.
One of the reasons the organisers de-camped from Aberdeen to Glasgow was because of relatively poor transport links to the north-east and the high prices and relatively scarcity of suitable hotel accommodation.
“What an action-packed and productive two days it proved to be,” commented All-Energy’s Event Director, Jonathan Heastie of Reed Exhibitions, yesterday.
“We had packed aisles in an extraordinarily busy exhibition featuring 450-plus exhibiting companies from 20 countries; and in many conference sessions ‘standing room only’ in the 11 equally packed conference and seminar halls and theatres, where over 440 speakers took part in 120 hours of discussion, debate and knowledge sharing.
“Complimentary emails and phone calls are coming in thick and fast, and so too are space bookings! We look forward to being back in Glasgow in 2016.”
Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “Glasgow’s first year of hosting the UK’s largest renewable energy exhibition and conference has been an unprecedented success with the city welcoming the best attended All-Energy on record
“We proudly hold the title of Scotland’s renewables capital as meetings organisers continue to choose Glasgow as the host destination for their energy and sustainability conferences.
“Our credentials speak for themselves. We are the UK’s first green super city and our world-class academic institutions are at the forefront of industry innovation. For example, the University of Strathclyde’s £50 million Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult is accelerating commercial green technologies.
“We’re the first city in the UK to launch a green street-lighting project which will see the replacement of 10,000 street lanterns with low energy versions along main arterial roads leading into Glasgow.
“Over the past week, Glasgow’s hotels, restaurants, venues and local businesses have all benefited from the All-Energy Exhibition and Conference. More than £4.7 million has been injected into the local economy with delegates travelling from over 50 countries
“This year marks the first of a three-year contract, with Glasgow preparing to host the All- Energy Conference and Exhibition in 2016 and 2017 and we look forward to a prosperous partnership in the years ahead.”
Dan Thurlow, Head of Exhibition Sales at the SECC, commented: “All-Energy was a brilliant show last week, the organisers created brilliant content and it was a great experience for both visitors and exhibitors. We’re also pleased that the partnership between ourselves and the city of Glasgow worked hard for the event; this was their first time here and the whole place had a real buzz about it.
“This is a city and a country that really cares about sustainability and it was reflected in their excellent attendance figures.”
The SECC concourse was packed by the official opening time of 08:30 and visitors streamed into the exhibition hall. The conference too got off to a flying start on the first day with a superb plenary session, before a completely full auditorium (capacity 624).
Chaired by Keith Anderson, Chief Corporate Officer of ScottishPower, the panel of speakers comprised Cllr Gordon Matheson; Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism, Scottish Government; Professor Sir Jim McDonald Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde; Benj Sykes, Head of Asset Management, DONG Energy, and Ian Marchant, former CEO of SSE.
Shepherd & Wedderburn sponsored all the conference and seminar theatres on the showfloor (offshore wind, sustainable cities, and the quick fire seminar theatres) at All-Energy 2015, which is held in association with UK Trade & Investment and the Renewable Energy Association – among others.