Next Steps for Low-Carbon Energy in Scotland: Planning, Innovation and Skills

This event will explore priorities and potential for Scotland as a leading low-carbon nation from commercial considerations to investment, innovation, and infrastructure. Scotland’s future is low-carbon – so how can we meet the challenges before us head on?

The context

In May 2017, £43 million in funding was awarded by the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP) for investment in low-carbon infrastructure. This funding follows priorities highlighted as part of both the Scottish Government’s proposed Scottish Energy Strategy: The Future of Energy in Scotland and the Climate Change Bill, confirmed as part of the Programme for Government, where the First Minister declared a 'moral responsibility to tackle climate change and an economic responsibility to prepare Scotland for the new, low carbon world'.

The event

At this event we will discuss and debate the key ambitions for a low-carbon future, looking at reducing energy consumption, improving efficiency and newer technologies as well as how these will relate to existing industries. Further sessions will explore priorities for the workforce and innovation in ensuring we have the people and the capacity for Scotland to thrive as a low-carbon nation.

Key issues to be addressed

  • Priorities for government and policy
  • Commercialisation and innovation as the keys to drive forward culture and provision change
  • Developing investment grade business cases to help projects secure public and private capital finance
  • Next steps for innovation: from carbon capture and storage to carbon negative
  • Equipping the energy workforce with skills for jobs that are yet to exist

Agenda*

9.15 Registration and Morning Refreshments

9.55 Welcome and Introduction from the Chair

10.00 Session 1: Policy and Context

The decisions made about energy now will shape investment, innovation, and priorities for the industry going forwards and in this session we will look at the key areas of focus within policy as well as how this relates to potential in the existing energy industry.

  • Priorities for government and policy
  • The future is low-carbon: making it easy for the consumer by making it normal
  • Commercialisation and Innovation as the keys to drive forward culture and provision change.

10:00 Chris Stark, ‎Director of Energy and Climate Change, Scottish Government

10:20 Adapting to Intermittent Energy Generation

Professor Eddie Owens, Director of Planning - Institute for Infrastructure & Environment, Heriot-Watt University

10.40 Questions and Discussion

11.00 Refreshments and Networking

11.30 Session 2: Planning and Infrastructure

This session will focus on means to the acceleration of low carbon infrastructure projects across the public, private and community sectors. Looking at alternative energy models, securing funding and investment, as well as environmental priorities.

  • Developing investment grade business cases to help projects secure public and private capital finance
  • Community energy and efficient, demand-led production
  • Low-carbon infrastructure: large-scale change for large-scale results
  • Next steps for innovation: from carbon capture and storage to carbon negative

Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Robert Buchan Chair in Sustainable Energy Engineering and Assistant Deputy Principal Research and Innovation, Heriot-Watt University

12.40 Questions and Discussion

13.00 Lunch and Networking

13.30 Session 3: Jobs and Industry of the Future

With such big ambitions we need the people and the skills to make them a success. This session will look at how we can adapt the existing skills base to future needs before further considering how the wider relationship between existing industry and infrastructure will evolve to new demands.

  • Utilising existing infrastructure and practices to create an efficient and productive industry of the future
  • Equipping the energy workforce with skills for jobs that are yet to exist
  • Making low-carbon big business and conventional energy obsolete - will we ever be able to leave oil in the ground? Should we?

14.30 Questions and Discussion

14.55 Chair’s Closing Remarks

15.00 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

Venue
Central Edinburgh, venue to be confirmed in due course.

Cost
Delegate rates (exlcuding VAT): 

  • Discounted rate: £145 (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 | 2+ places £195 (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 | 2+ places £245 (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email enquiries@holyrood.com or phone 0131 285 1635​

Dates
23 January 2018
Location
Edinburgh
United Kingdom
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