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All-Energy and Dcarbonise launch series of webinars ahead of rearranged 2020 conferences at Glasgow's SEC

By John Davidson

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon addresses the All-Energy conference in 2019.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon addresses the All-Energy conference in 2019.

The UK’s largest renewable and low-carbon energy exhibition and conference is gearing up for its delayed 20th annual event with a series of webinars.

All-Energy – along with its sister event, Dcarbonise, which began in 2019 – was due to take place on May 13-14 at Glasgow's SEC, but has been put back to September.

However, organisers say the online sessions, which will be published on the dates of the original conference, should whet the appetite for what they have in store later in the year.

Event director Peter Bloor of Reed Exhibitions said: “We launch with four webinars, two on each day, and thereafter will be staging a ‘mini-webinar festival’ every month.

“In true All-Energy/Dcarbonise style, we start on May 13 with a superb plenary session, The Path to Net Zero, before we move sector by sector through offshore wind (also on May 13); and both low-carbon heat and hydrogen on May 14, all with stellar speaker line-ups.

“We would have loved to have been with our exhibitors and visitors at Glasgow’s SEC, but that is not to be. However, the programme in place for these first four webinars and the plans we have for the coming months will certainly whet appetite for being with us later in the year."

Last year's All-Energy was addressed by Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and energy minister Paul Wheelhouse, along with more than 600 other speakers over the two days.

The two events were attended by a total of 7871 people and 250 exhibiting companies.

Peter Bloor, event director, Reed Exhibitions.
Peter Bloor, event director, Reed Exhibitions.

Mr Bloor added: “The opening plenary session will feature Chris Stark, CEO of the Committee on Climate Change; Keith Anderson, CEO of ScottishPower; Professor Karen Turner, director of the Centre for Energy Policy at University of Strathclyde and a Just Transition Commissioner; and Rebecca Willis, professor in practice, Lancaster Environment Centre and expert lead for Climate Assembly UK, the national citizens’ assembly on climate change.

“It will be introduced and chaired by my colleague Judith Patten, who will reflect on 20 years of All-Energy. And then we move sector by sector – with more compelling sessions planned for future months.”

The sector-specific sessions in the first webinars include ‘Offshore wind: Keeping our eye on the long-term prize’, ‘Low carbon heat: Are heat networks the answer?’ and ‘Hydrogen: Scaling Up Hydrogen & Fuel Cells’.

The 2020 All-Energy and Dcarbonise events are now scheduled to take place at Glasgow's SEC on September 14-15. For more details, see www.all-energy.co.uk and www.dcarbonise.com

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