Scottish Secretary and Scottish Energy Minister to lead debate at UK’s largest renewables conference in Aberdeen


All-Energy 2014, the UK’s largest renewables exhibition and conference, will get off to a lively start four weeks from today (Wednesday 21 May) with a plenary session featuring both Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael, MP, and Fergus Ewing, MSP, the Scottish Energy Minister.

Also speaking at the two-day Aberdeen conference are Rob Cormie, Group Operations Director, UK Green Investment Bank and Angela Knight, CBE, Chief Executive, Energy UK.

Later in the day Fergus Ewing will also debate the energy outcome of the Scottish independence referendum with Tom Greatrex MP, UK Shadow Minister of Energy.

Speakers in the second day plenary session on 22 May include Peter Boyd, Chief Operating Officer of the Carbon War Room, the global nonprofit, founded by Sir Richard Branson and a team of like-minded entrepreneurs, that accelerates the adoption of business solutions that reduce carbon emissions at gigaton scale and advance the low-carbon economy. The organisation focuses on solutions that can be realised using proven technologies under current policy landscapes.

Throughout the two days of the show more than 300 speakers will delve into all sectors making up the renewables industry and discuss and debate the key issues whether technological – a whole 105-minute session is devoted to floating wind; or the equally important ‘building blocks’ of policy (including EMR and CfD), grid, finance and funding, and skills.

Eight technical parallel streams will run on both days, as well as the All-Energy Share Fair which aims to help stakeholders understand where they stand in the supply chain and how to attract business.

Five show-floor seminar programmes – the DECC-sponsored renewable heat theatre; and business energy efficiency, community energy, offshore wind including O&M, and wave and tidal all sponsored by ABB – will provide quick-fire presentations.

All is set against the background of the UK’s largest exhibition devoted to all forms of renewable and sustainable energy, with some of the hydrogen buses from the Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus Project outside the entrance as a strong message about what the future holds in store.

Jonathan Heastie, Event Director of Reed Exhibitions, said: “By bringing together all the renewable energy sectors, each year All-Energy provides an unparalleled opportunity to see the latest cutting edge solutions, hear about policy and technology developments, source new partners and suppliers, participate in networking events – particularly the All-Energy Giant Networking Evening, and keep up-to-date with developments within the industry.

“Last year 7,687 people from 48 countries came together in Aberdeen to share experiences, rise to challenges and look for, and find, solutions. What’s more, all elements of All-Energy are free to attend for all with a business/ professional interest in renewables and business energy efficiency.”

All-Energy’s co-creator Judith Patten – who organises the conference – added: “In our carbon capture and storage sessions, for example, we have presentations on the White Rose, Peterhead and Teesside projects.

“Meanwhile, our energy storage sessions point the way to what the renewables industry sees as the ‘holy grail’ and our wave and tidal and onshore and offshore wind sessions provide superb updates on the opportunities and challenges facing the industry from scene setting presentations by key stakeholders to technological break-throughs.”

The list of exhibitors can be found at, as can free online registration for the two day event.

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