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Conference Programme

Time Details
13:30 Registration, Exhibition & Networking
14:00

Plenary 1

Seconds to midnight: can renewables plug the carbon gap?

The UN’s IPCC warnings have motivated some governments around the world to accelerate action to limit warming and avoid climate breakdown. But with Trump in the White House, China’s dependence on coal, Europe’s continued reliance on Russian gas and Brexit occupying minds at home, are we doing enough to decarbonise? And how can Scotland capitalise on the moral imperative to act and to show leadership before it’s too late?

15:00 Networking, Exhibition & Refreshments
15:45

Plenary 2

Breaking point: making sense of Brexit

Brexit will produce the most fundamental rearrangement of our society in half a century. With environmental targets driven by Europe, the threat of a Brexit brain drain, and renewables reeling from support mechanisms in a constant state of flux, we ask: How will the green energy sector fare post-March 29th? And are there any opportunities for renewables?

17:00 Networking, Exhibition & Refreshments
17:30

Plenary 3

Back to the Future: How renewables can shape energy’s new normal

Big data, fibre-speed connectivity and constant optimisation and innovation have sharpened renewable energy’s appeal to governments and public alike. But as desires for energy services change, what will demand and supply look like in 5 or 10 years? How can renewables grow and compete in a world of smart tech and even smarter consumers? How will our heating, cooling and transport needs be met in the years ahead and how can we ensure renewables are the fuel?

18:30

Networking Dinner

All delegates are invited to attend a networking drinks reception and dinner at the end of Day 1. Wine, beer, soft drinks and a hot networking buffet will be served. Further details can be found here

20:30 Day 1 close
Time Details
09:00 Registration, Exhibition & Networking
09:30

Plenary 4

The price of green: beyond subsidy

Revenue support – from ROCs to CfDs and FiTs to RHI - has allowed renewables to compete with carbon-based incumbents to deliver affordable energy, jobs and carbon reductions. While all energy is subsidised, the last few years have seen big reductions in UK support for renewables, with major impacts on the sector. This session looks at the cost of decarbonising energy and the economic interventions in the market, how these are changing and what the future of investment in clean energy needs to look like. How will a more market-led system deliver to meet both increasing demand and ever more critical climate change goals?  Can Government afford to lose its role in the energy system when so much is at stake?

10:45 Networking, Exhibition & Refreshments
11:30

Plenary 5

From generation to demand: the architecture for 50% renewable energy - and beyond

To meet Scotland’s 2030 energy targets, and meet the changing needs of consumers, our heat, transport and power networks are likely to see revolutionary change. These changes need planning and management, investment and possibly new financial models to create the smart, localised systems we want and need to see. Do the rise of electric vehicles and heat pumps mean electrification is a foregone conclusion? What meaningful role could hydrogen play in meeting needs, and do the costs stack up for it to be produced from renewables? What grid upgrades will be needed, and how far can we go with district heating networks? And how can industry capture revenue from providing system services?

13:00 Networking Lunch & Exhibition
14:00

Plenary 6

Guest Lecture

14:45 Networking, Exhibition & Refreshments
15:15

Plenary 7

Planning for Scotland’s low-carbon, sustainable economy

Scotland’s infrastructure and local places are already in the process of transformational change, with EV charging, heat networks and greater decentralisation of energy generation and storage all becoming features of our communities, cities and countryside. With new planning legislation coming into force and a major national policy review kicking off, 2019 is a critical year for setting the course for our low-carbon places and green energy infrastructure. This session will look at what the new provisions in the Planning (Scotland) Act will mean for communities, developers and investors, what the priorities of the National Planning Framework should be, and how Scotland can turn the low-carbon vision into a reality on the ground for both urban and rural places across the country. 

16:30 Event close

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