Caithness Renewables chief chairs Ireland-Scotland carbon collaboration conference

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Louise Smith, Director of Highlands and Islands

Scottish and Irish businesses are meeting together today at the Irish consulate in Edinburgh to strengthen relationships and look for new business partnerships focussed on the renewable energy industry.  

Pat Bourne, Ireland’s Consul General to Scotland, is hosting the event – “Opportunities for Innovation and Collaboration between Irish and Scottish enterprises”.

Enterprise Ireland UK initiated this event to help reinforce the capabilities of its existing clients as well as make new introductions of Irish companies to the Scottish renewables market.

Enterprise Ireland UK Manager Christine Esson said:

‘We see this reinvigorated engagement with Scottish industry and influencers as important to both of our countries. Ireland continues to develop, strong export focused companies and with the UK being Ireland’s key trading partner we want to build on this ensuring mutual benefit to both parties. Innovation and Collaboration will be a key theme of today’s workshop and we hope this event will provide a platform for  further partnership working and economic success for us all.”

Jan O’Sullivan, (TD) Ireland’s Energy Minister, will welcome invited delegates and reinforce the Irish Government’s interest in continuing to work with Scotland to help deliver renewable energy success in the UK and Ireland.

One example of how Ireland and Scotland are working together in the energy sector which he will refer to is the Scottish-Irish ISLES project which is looking at the offshore interconnection of electricity grids in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland, to support renewable energy development across the region. 

Mary McAllan, Scottish Government’s Director for Energy and Climate Change, will highlight Scotland’s key position in the renewable energy market place and Scottish Government’s desire to continue to work with like-minded organisations in Ireland.  Speakers also include:

  • Craig Milroy, Stakeholder Manager, EDP Renewables
  • Colin Nicol, Director of Onshore Renewables, SSE Renewables
  • Andrew Fox, Business Relationship Manager, Areva UK, and
  • David Sweenie, Project Manager, Neart na Gaoithe, Mainstream Renewable Power


Louise Smith, Director of Highlands and Islands consultancy Caithness Renewables, is chairing the event’s discussion panels.

She said: “It is reassuring to see Scottish industry supported by experienced Irish businesses helping to fill critical supply chain gaps in renewables. This sort of activity will be key to the future success of sectors such as offshore wind.

 “It is a pleasure to be involved in this new initiative by Enterprise Ireland and to be working with leading players in the Scottish and Irish renewables, construction and electricity grid markets.”

Enterprise Ireland, the Government Agency in Ireland responsible for supporting businesses, organised the event to re-emphasise the importance of Scottish-Irish business connections in the renewable energy market place, hoping that the two countries can continue to support one another in energy generation and management. 

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