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Conference Programme

Time Details
09:00 Registration, Networking & Refreshments

Plenary One

Enabling Low-Carbon Cities: Transforming Concept into Reality for Scotland

This opening session will set out a low-carbon vision for Scotland’s cities and ask what key steps must be taken to ensure our urban areas develop with renewable and low-carbon energy at their heart.

Welcome & Chair:
Claire Mack, Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables

Councillor John Alexander, Leader of Dundee City Council & Chair of Scottish Cities Alliance
​Richard Bellingham, Director, Institute for Future Cities, University of Strathclyde
Kate Turner, Legal Director, Pinsent Masons LLP

Q & A


10:45 Networking Break & Exhibition

Plenary Two

Low-Carbon Transport: Are We Nearly There Yet? 

Can electric vehicles adapt quickly enough to capture market share across domestic, freight and public transport, or are we facing a nuanced future of EVs, hydrogen, biofuels and more? In this session, speakers will discuss what needs to change if transport – currently the source of much of our carbon emissions – is to keep pace with the rapid low-carbon shifts we’re already seeing in the supply and consumption of our electricity. 

Jenny Hogan, Deputy Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables

Ministerial Address:
Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister for Transport and the Islands, Scottish Government

Rick Symington, Commercial Director, Argent Energy
Bill Ireland, Chief Executive, Logan Energy

Q & A

12:30 Networking Lunch & Exhibition

Plenary Three

Energy in Buildings: Green Heat and Power

Around 60% of today's buildings will still exist in 2050. But while cities are largely restricted by the built environments they already have, the demands of those using them will continue to evolve. This session will look at the ways in which the offices, factories, homes and public buildings in which we live and work can become more efficient and accommodate new energy sources, as well as the data and waste systems required by a low-carbon future.

Viv Cockburn, Director of Corporate Services and Low Carbon, Scottish Futures Trust

Andrew Maybury, Consultant, Community Energy Scotland 
Dave Pearson, Director, Star Renewable Energy
Ian Dunsmore, Project Manager, Scottish Water Horizons 
Eddie Boyd, Energy & Sustainability Manager, The Highland Council 

Q & A

14:30 Networking Break & Exhibition

Plenary Four

Urban Innovation: Creating the Cities of Tomorrow

Smarter, interconnected and more efficient cities have never been closer to becoming reality. New technologies, smart solutions, big data and the digital revolution are transforming a range of service, business models and urban life as a whole.

What, though, do these urban innovations mean for the energy sector, and how can we capitalise on technology development in other sectors to ensure urban innovation centres on low-carbon resources? 
Hannah Smith, Senior Policy Manager, Scottish Renewables

Mark Wheeldon, Innovation Project Manager - Hydrogen 100, SGN
Ken Ross OBE, CEO, Ross Developments & Renewables & Mike Collins, Senior Geologist, Arup & Geon Energy Ltd

Ben Miller, Policy and Communications Manager Scotland, Smart Energy GB

Q & A

Closing remarks:
Hannah Smith, Senior Policy Manager, Scottish Renewables
16:00 Event Close


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