24 May 2018
Just weeks after the successful All-Energy 2018, and co-located Smart Urban Mobility Solutions (SUMS 2018), were held at Glasgow’s SEC (2-3 May) 375+ presentations, speeches and academic posters are now online. All are available free-of-charge to refresh the memories of those who attended a conference session; those who missed one in favour of another; or even those who this year were unable to attend.
All-Energy and SUMS 2018 attracted 300+ exhibiting companies; nearly 500 speakers; and a record 46 academic posters. All of this encouraged a total attendance of 7,027 over the two days including developers, utilities, investors, local government, energy end users, academia and representatives from the full supply chain.
“Our online collection of presentations is a marvellous library of instantly accessible political statements, interpretations of policy, case histories, descriptions of innovative developments and solutions, and much more,” explains All-Energy and SUMS’s Event Director, Jonathan Heastie of Reed Exhibitions who own and organise the annual duo of shows. “They reflect the four ‘pillars’ of the events, renewable power, low carbon heating, energy efficiency and low carbon transport.
“Some sessions were panel discussions without presentations that could be put online, and in some instances speakers, including some of our four Ministerial visitors – the First Minister of Scotland, Scotland’s Business, Innovation and Energy, and Transport and the Island’s Ministers, and the UK’s Minister for Energy and Clean Growth - spoke ‘from the heart’ and no formal speech or presentation exists. That’s one good reason for putting the dates of the 2019 show in your diary now and promising yourself a stimulating time on 15 and 16 May 2019!”
The All-Energy presentations are online at www.all-energy.co.uk/en/Conference/Download-2018-Presentations/ with SUMS 2018 ones at www.smarturbanmobilitysolutions.com/Conference/Download-2018-SUMS-Presentations/
“A fantastic conference”
Keith Anderson, who chaired the opening plenary session, which included keynote addresses from the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon MSP; Sinead Lynch, Country Chair of Shell; Professor Sir Jim McDonald of Strathclyde University; Ian Meikle, Director of Clean Growth and Infrastructure at Innovate UK and both the Lord Provost and The Leader of host city Glasgow, sums up All-Energy: “It is a fantastic conference; I think what it shows is if you set ambitious targets you set a good framework, you encourage a huge number of people and a huge number of companies to get involved.”
The First Minister, who launched the ‘Energy Efficiency Scotland Roadmap’ at All-Energy explained in an interview: “It’s a comprehensive look across all of the four pillars of the conference and how we make this transformation to a low carbon era. It is one of the most important events and showcases for low carbon technologies anywhere in the UK
“Having conferences of this scale and this stature and importance in Glasgow is a huge accolade for the city and it is wonderful to see All-Energy back here” (she also spoke at All-Energy 2017). “The All-Energy conference itself is becoming increasingly important as we try to generate the debate and the correct way around all of these issues.”
Her full speech is online as is that of Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister of State for Business, Innovation and Energy.
UK Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth, Claire Perry MP explained after she had spoken: “I was talking about the fact that we have done really well as a nation, right across the UK in setting the pace on decarbonisation; and I also talked about the fact that Scotland, where we are today at this wonderful conference, has got some unique opportunities which it is exploiting, particularly on the renewable energy side. So it is great to come up to Scotland to celebrate that, and also talk about the fact that the UK is setting the pace in this area.”
Strong views in SUMS 2018
Shell UK’s Chair, Sinead Lynch commented when in the SUMS are of the exhibition alongside the Shell UrbanConcept vehicle and Strathclyde University’s entry for the forthcoming Shell Eco-marathon: “I’m really impressed by what I’ve seen. One of our strategic objectives is to drive through energy transition to bring in new fuels and new offerings to our customers, and part of that is being part of the eco-system, meeting the supply chain and collaborating with partners. This is a great venue at which to do it.”
While there she met up with Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister for Transport and the Islands before he delivered a keynote speech in the first of six SUMS 2018 sessions. Considering transport fuels he said: “It’s about not putting all our eggs in one basket, so you’ve got hydrogen, biofuels, electricity, and making sure we’ve putting enough resources into each of these. The innovation on display here is breath-taking. I’ve actually never seen so much of it in one place under one roof, and I’m delighted that Glasgow is hosting it.”
Key stakeholders air their views
Speaking at the end of the packed discussion session that she chaired on ‘Sustainable Cities: Are we there yet? Green infrastructure and New World thinking’, Clare Foster, Partner and Head of Clean Energy at All-Energy’s headline sponsor, Shepherd and Wedderburn, explained: “The innovation and all of the enthusiasm that is here over a two day period is just really infectious – it’s brilliant!”
As Matthew Knight, Business Development, Power and Gas and Power Services, Siemens plc commented: “The footfall is great, and there are enough people here interested in whatever you are selling to make it worth being here, and the overall buzz is pretty exciting.”
Shepherd and Wedderburn is All-Energy’s headline sponsor. Other sponsors include the Crown Estate Scotland, Centrica, Element Power, Erova Energy, Innovate UK, Invest in Fife, ORE Catapult, ScottishPower Renewables and WPO. All-Energy is supported by a large number of trade associations, government departments, professional bodies and learned societies, and is held in association with the Renewable Energy Association; Highlands and Islands Enterprise; Scottish Enterprise; Innovate UK; Sustainable Glasgow; and the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG), with Glasgow as its Host City, and the Society for Underwater Technology as Learned Society Patron.
Busy aisle at All-Energy 2018
The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon delivers her keynote address
Claire Perry, UK Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth touring the exhibition on Day 2