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Scottish Renewable Energy Festival is opportunity to share sector achievements

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By Peter Speirs, Public affairs manager, Scottish Renewables

Wind power offshore with clouds and sun.
Wind power offshore with clouds and sun.

The radical transformation undertaken by Scotland’s renewable energy system over the past 10 years has been incredible.

Last year almost 74 per cent of our electricity demand was met from renewable sources, and our country recently went a record-breaking 18 days without using coal to produce power.

As we continue to work towards the decarbonisation of our energy system, these figures are only set to increase into the 2020s.

The next challenge we face is to ramp up the decarbonisation of our heat and transport systems as we strive to meet our 2045 net-zero target.

Scottish Renewables felt it was time to acknowledge Scotland’s renewable achievements to date, and start thinking about the crucial role which renewables will play as we transition to a low-carbon energy system.

The mix of renewable energy which we enjoy – and the weather which creates it – is our great strength, and there is plenty to shout about.

The Scottish Renewable Energy Festival is THE opportunity to tell the country about Scotland’s achievements in transforming our energy sector for the better. The festival will take place between September 16 and October 1 and will be a chance for those who work in the sector to tell politicians, decision-makers and influencers about their work.

We will be holding events and making publications and announcements of our own, but we want the renewables industry to use the festival as a hook to hang their own events and announcements on.

It will give a Scotland-specific platform through which the renewable energy sector can showcase the businesses which are making change happen, as well as provide an opportunity for Scotland’s politicians and media to highlight the hard work our industry does every day.

We want the elements of Scotland’s renewables community which have played a pivotal role in making Scotland a renewables world-leader – the businesses, local authorities, government agencies, community groups and charities – to take this opportunity to invite an MP or MSP to see their development, make an announcement about a new project, or hold a roundtable with local politicians and stakeholders to discuss Scotland’s renewable future.

Do you have an announcement to make about new projects, new hires or some new research? Make it during the Scottish Renewable Energy Festival.

Have you been thinking of holding an open day at your renewable energy project? Why not do so during the Scottish Renewable Energy Festival – the opportunities are endless.

At Scottish Renewables we're committed to helping those who want to contribute to the festival, providing advice on public affairs and communications elements of potential events as well as promoting events that fall within the festival.

With tens of millions of tonnes of carbon displaced by renewable sources; tens of thousands of people who have worked, work, and will work in the industry; and the huge number of rural businesses supported by renewables projects – we certainly have a lot to be proud of.

Join us from September 16 to October 1 and tell your story, as we highlight what we have achieved as an industry, and the vast potential we know we have during the Scottish Renewable Energy Festival.

For more information, visit www.scottishrenewables.com/events/sref-2019 or contact Peter Speirs on 0141 353 4985.

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