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Scotland's renewables sector offered a chance to 'Meet the Minster'

By Calum MacLeod

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Scotland's energy minister Paul Wheelhouse addresses last year's All-Energy/Dcarbonise conference.
Scotland's energy minister Paul Wheelhouse addresses last year's All-Energy/Dcarbonise conference.

SCOTLAND'S energy minister Paul Wheelhouse is issuing an invitation to "Meet the Minister" at next month's All-Energy/Dcarbonise Virtual Summit.

Mr Wheelhouse, the Scottish minister for energy, connectivity and the islands will appear in the "Meet the Minister" session at 9am on Thursday November 5.

He will deliver the opening keynote address and be on hand for a brief time to answer questions.

His session will be followed first by an update on Energy Efficient Scotland, and then the panel Energy Efficient Scotland: Solutions & The Future, both sponsored by the Scottish Government. Registration for these, and five other compelling webinars in the Virtual Summit, is open at https://forum.all-energy.co.uk/category/webinars/upcoming-webinars/

The Energy Efficient Scotland programme builds on existing legislation and programmes that are already supporting the improvement of the energy efficiency of homes, businesses and public buildings, as well as the work done with local authorities to develop Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies (LHEES). Dcarbonise, which in normal times is co-located with All-Energy the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon exhibition and conference, reflects these aims and also includes the Smart Urban Mobility Solutions (SUMS) low carbon transport conference stream and display of vehicles.

Energy Efficient Scotland: Solutions & The Future panel, which begins at 11.30am, will be chaired by Suzanne LeMiere, head of heat policy for the Scottish Government, and will home in on solutions.

First up will be the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP) which supports Scotland's transition to a low-carbon economy. It provides a range of support, from expert advice to financial support to assist the development and delivery of private, public and community low-carbon projects across Scotland. Its main focus is assisting projects to develop investment-grade business cases and providing capital funding that will help secure public and private match finance to demonstrate innovative low-carbon technologies. Carole Stewart, team leader for low carbon infrastructure, Scottish Government will speak of successes, lessons learned and LCITP’s future focus

Warmworks, which delivers the Scottish Government’s nationwide energy efficiency scheme, Warmer Homes Scotland, will update the audience on insulation, efficient heating and renewable technologies in the homes of households who are struggling with the cost of high energy bills. Next up will be Energy Saving Trust with information in plenty on their advice and support programmes followed by Zero Waste Scotland who will talk about the SME Loans Programme. All will be sharing lessons learned and success stories.

Traditionally All-Energy/Dcarbonise is held by Reed Exhibitions in May at Glasgow’s SEC. Since May 2020 18 webinars have been held reflecting many of the interests of exhibitors, speakers and visitors to the two-day event. The 18 webinars have attracted 11,740 registrations and resulted in 7,664 unique viewers who have either attended ‘on the day’ or watched ‘on-demand’.Registrations for the first seven webinars being held as part of the Virtual Summit on 3-5 November are coming in thick and fast. The full collection of All-Energy/Dcarbonise webinars is athttps://forum.all-energy.co.uk/category/webinars/

Further information is at www.all-energy.co.uk and www.dcarbonise.com

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