After 14 highly successful years in Aberdeen, 2015 sees the UK's largest renewable energy event move to a new home in Glasgow. Like Aberdeen, Glasgow understands and appreciates the strategic importance of renewable energy and is rapidly emerging as a leading international renewables hub.
After 14 highly successful years in Aberdeen, 2015 sees the UK's largest renewable energy event move to a new home in Glasgow. Like Aberdeen, Glasgow understands and appreciates the strategic importance of renewable energy and is rapidly emerging as a leading international hub for energy expertise, particularly due to its well-developed R&D and technical engineering capabilities.
All-Energy 2015 will be held at the SECC in Glasgow on Wednesday 6 – Thursday 7 May 2015.
"The decision to move the show to Glasgow has been made after long and careful consideration, and through consultation with various industry stakeholders whose valued opinion has been critical in shaping this next step in the evolution of the UK's largest renewable energy event," explains Event Director, Jonathan Heastie of Reed Exhibitions.
"There were a number of factors to be considered; but there has been one key driver which has dominated the decision-making process and propelled us towards Glasgow… the ability to connect the UK supply chain who participate at All-Energy to new contacts from both national and international trading locations.
"This new event location, and the support we will all receive from the City of Glasgow, will ensure we continue to deliver an exceptional show in terms of content, growth and attendance and, in turn, will provide exhibitors with the return on investment their commitment to the event merits."
Looking forward to All-Energy 2015 Niall Stuart, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables says: "All Energy is one of the landmarks in the year for our industry, and brings together thousands of people from across the country with an interest in the future of our energy mix, and one of many things that has put Scotland in the vanguard of the transition to a low carbon economy."
While Calum Davidson, Director - Energy and Low Carbon, Highlands and Islands Enterprise says: "We are delighted with the ongoing growth of All-Energy, and we look forward to taking an enhanced Highlands and Islands presence to the 2015 event."
Aptly, Glasgow will hold its first themed year in 2015 – a Green Year, with All-Energy as one of its showcase events in this programme of city-wide, high profile initiatives all aimed at getting local businesses and communities involved in sustainability. Additionally, the support that the event and all of its participants will receive from Glasgow, including its commitment to help grow attendance and participation from local policy makers, academia, research and industry will ensure All-Energy continues to grow and evolve to best reflect and serve the UK renewables industry.
Warm welcome from Leader of Glasgow City Council
Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and Chair of Sustainable Glasgow, said: "We are delighted that All-Energy 2015 will take place in Glasgow. As the UK's first green energy super-city, Glasgow truly is the perfect home for the UK's largest renewable energy event.
"Glasgow has strong ambitions for a greener future and as a European leader in environmental sustainability, with our credentials recognised by HSBC's Future for Business Report, describing the city as ‘a leading international force in the renewable energy sector'.
"We are home to the £50 million Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult at the University of Strathclyde, which is accelerating the commercialisation of green technologies; Europe's first Power Networks Demonstration Centre, which will drive the adoption of ‘smart' technologies; the Centres of Excellence for three major energy developers, Scottish & Southern Energy, ScottishPower Renewables and Gamesa, as well as having the largest windfarm in Europe on our doorstep.
"This is just a sample of the green revolution taking place in and around Glasgow. Our commitment to the energy sector is clear and defined through our strategic city-wide initiative, Sustainable Glasgow, which is positioned as one of Glasgow City Council's five strategic priorities.
"Glasgow is constantly transforming and evolving. It was the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and helped transform the world through its engineering skills and innovation. And now it is the city at the forefront of the Green Revolution.
"With all of this in mind, it is apt that we will welcome All-Energy 2015 to Glasgow, as a centrepiece event during Glasgow's Green Year. Delegates and industry are sure to create dynamic and energising relationships, whilst experiencing a fantastic and memorable conference within our vibrant and welcoming city."
"Naturally, our excitement at a new era for the show is tinged with sadness at leaving Aberdeen, the city where All-Energy was launched in 2001," adds Jonathan Heastie. "On behalf of the All-Energy team, I would like to extend our immense gratitude to all the key stakeholders and industry partners in both Aberdeen City and Shire for their help and support in successfully delivering All-Energy for the past 14 years. Their role and influence has been integral to the success of the event and have built strong foundations, and we look forward to finding very positive ways of continuing this invaluable collaboration."
The need for cost-savings constantly heads the agenda for all in the renewable energy industry, whether on multi-billion pound projects or smaller items. As Jonathan Heastie points out in his letter to exhibitors mentioning the move of venue, and will also speak about at the Giant Networking Evening tonight (21 May), the All-Energy team fully understands the need to keep all costs to a minimum – something that All-Energy consistently does by not charging for attendance by all who have a business/professional interest in renewable and sustainable energy and in energy efficiency.
"Although we offer free access to both the UK's largest industry exhibition and to the world-class conference, there remain many other costs to attending All-Energy traditionally outside our control, costs which can sometimes compromise the participation of some attendees.
"With the support of Glasgow, we are delighted to announce some amazing cost-savings that will benefit exhibitors and visitors alike. These include access to reduced-rate transport options (on long distance and local rail travel and taxis); and a plethora of affordable nearby hotels. For example, prices range from £72 for a 3* hotel to a maximum of £175 for a 5* luxury hotel in the city centre (for 2015, rising to £76 and £189 respectively in 2017). 1500 rooms have been secured for All-Energy at these low rates (many of which include VAT and breakfast) for 2015, 2016 and 2017, with prices only rising with inflation."
His letter goes on to highlight many of the attractions of Glasgow, and its role in the renewable energy industry, including Scottish Renewables' latest Annual Report (published in February 2014) which shows Glasgow now has more jobs in the renewable sector than any other part of Scotland, and rapidly increasing, adding: "I am certain that the attractiveness of the city and its stakeholders will resonate and entice many new people to attend the event to meet our exhibitors in future years."