Renewable Energy: Securing Scotland’s energy future, 10 February, Edinburgh

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Renewable energy a key component of the Scottish Government’s strategy. Not only will it help deliver low-carbon energy to Scots around the nation, but Scotland’s robust renewable energy sector is a major source of jobs and investment opportunities. Due to its high renewable potential, Scotland has one of the most ambitious renewable targets in the world: 100% (or the equivalent) of its electricity demand from renewables by 2020. 

The Event

Scotland has made significant progress toward the aforementioned renewable target, and has set an interim target to meet 50% of electricity demand with renewables by 2015. However, there are a range of barriers to meeting these targets, which include problems with infrastructure, funding, and governance. Further, a recent report published by Scottish Renewables found that the Scottish Government is projected to fall short of the 2020 renewable target This event will evaluate the state of renewables in Scotland, and delegates will have the opportunity to brainstorm policy solutions to achieve the target.

Key learning outcomes

  • Identifying obstacles and opportunities to meeting the renewable targets
  • Opportunities at the national and community levels
  • Outlining developments in renewable energy technology
  • How to better engage the public


09:30    Registration and refreshments

09:50    Introduction from Chair

  • Michael Rieley, Senior Policy Officer, Scottish Renewables

Session 1:  Where are we at?

This session will explore key developments pertaining to renewable energy in recent years

10:10    Setting the stage: renewable energy and carbon emissions in Scotland            

  • Dr Sam Gardner, Head of Policy, World Wildlife Fund Scotland

10:30     Community and locally-owned renewables

  • Scottish Enterprise (TBC)

10:50     Renewable energy financing

  • Scottish Enterprise (TBC)

11:10    Questions and discussion

11:30    Break

Session 2: Where are we going?

Building on session 1, this session will explore how Scotland can continue to ensure that it will remain a worldwide leader in renewable energy

11:45    Addressing gaps in regulatory frameworks

12:00    Exploring emerging technologies

12:15    Building Scotland’s skill base

  • Professor Alan Roach, Emeritus Professor, University of the West of Scotland
  • Alan Rosweir, Engineering Academy Associate Director, University of Strathclyde

12:45    Questions and Discussion

13:05    Lunch

Session 3: Interactive

The final session will feature an interactive activity where delegates will identify the key barriers to expanding the use of renewables in Scotland. They will then work together to develop policy solutions to help Scotland achieve its renewable energy goals

13:55    Simulation exercise

14:45    Discussion

15:05    Closing remarks from the Chair

15:15    Close

Who should attend

Delegates will be drawn from a wide range of stakeholders including:

  • Energy and electricity specialists
  • Relevant third sector organisations
  • Academics
  • Policy and public affairs professionals
  • Community representatives
  • Civil servants
  • Anyone with a vested interest in renewables

Venue and costs

Conference location:  Edinburgh

Delegate rate (includes refreshments and lunch):

  • Reduced rate: £149 + VAT (and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Discounted rate: £199 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, professional associations, charities with an annual income exceeding £1m)
  • Private Sector rate: £249 + VAT (Commercial organisations eg plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please contact Joshua Bird, by email or phone 0131 285 1690