Exhibitions and Conferences

Resilience and Innovation: the Islands’ Challenge

Friday 21 Sept: ESIN/SIF Conference on Mull

This one-day conference  forms the final day of the three-day ESIN AGM and Annual gathering.  It  is being held in Craignure Hall on the Isle of Mull on the 21st September.

The conference features a number of interesting speakers and workshops on renewable energy projects and approaches for small communities.


9.00 – 9.30 –  Registration / Tea and coffee

9.30 – 10.00 – Welcome to Mull

Bengt Almgvist, ESIN Chair and Sandy Brunton, SIF Chair introduce the seminar topics:  in these times of austerity, are islands needs taken into account? Is their   resilience taken for granted? If there really is a renewable energy bonanza for island communities, how can they cash in on it?  

10.00 – 10.45 – Keynote Speakers

Keynote speaker 1: Mike Russell, MSP:  Islands and the renewable energy bonanza , the view from Holyrood.

Keynote speaker 2: Alyn Smith, MEP, Chair of the Group 174:  can Europe deliver for the islands, and the smaller islands in particular?

10.45 – 11.00  – Coffee break

11.00 – 11.45
  – Presentations on island innovations :

Biomara: algae for biofuel, how can island communities cash in?

MICT: how we are doing it! With Moray Finch from the Mull and Iona Community Trust

Tiree Community Development Trust: Wind energy, how does the community benefit? Lynne Kerr, Isle of Tiree

IRDA: Irish and Danish islands cooperation on renewable project. Morten Priesholm (Denmark) & John Walsh (Ireland)  

11.45 – 12.30 – Workshops

Workshop 1: How can the smaller islands cash in on Renewable Energy?
With Felix Wight , Community Energy Scotland TBC

Workshop 2: What do we need in terms of infra-structure?
With Moray Finch from the Mull and Iona Community Trust TBC             
Worskhop 3: How can islands achieve lasting impact from renewables?
With Brid MacKibben

12.45- 13.00
    – Plenary session:

Summing up of workshops and discussion, chaired by Felix Wight, Community Energy Scotland (Argyll and Bute).   

13:00-13.45   –  Lunch 

13.45 – 14.30  –  Workshop 4:

What is our experience of the EU and of the support offered by our national governments? Speaker: TBC  – Western Isles Council: ” the Islands Pact, pros and cons.”       

14.30  – 15.00  – Coffee break

15.00 – 16.00
   – Summary and Discussion

Summary of workshop 4 and panel discussion with questions from the floor, chaired by Alyn Smith, MEP.


16.00 – 16.30  –  Conference close

Attendance is free and assistance with travel costs may be available.

There is a complete programme of the three days plus a booking form available HERE


Scottish Low Carbon Investment Conference 2012

Where insights shape the future…  

Now in its third year, the Scottish Low Carbon Investment Conference 2012 is a leading international forum for emerging renewable energy and other low carbon markets. The conference takes place on the 10th and 11th of October at the EICC in Edinburgh.

This year’s high-profile speakers will include Rt Hon. Ed Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change who, having been in office since February this year, will speak about delivering the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB), Electricity Market Reform (EMR) and the Green Deal.

The conference programme, detailing the agenda for both days, can now be viewed on the conference website.

Click here for more details.


Argyll Renewable Energy Show

Thursday 30th August in Oban

Building on the success of the previous two years shows, the 2012 Argyll Renewable Energy Show is coming to the Corran Halls in Oban on Thursday 30th August, 12 noon to 7pm.  Over 20 exhibitors from all parts of the renewable energy sector will be there, plus  information stands, exhibits, talks and presentations throughout the day

Argyll has abundant renewable resources, which represent a secure and sustainable energy supply for the future. If you’ve been thinking of the possibility of installing a renewable energy technology in your home, community, or business, this is your opportunity to see the technology, chat to a variety of installers, and find answers to all your questions.

Whether you are interested in generating electricity (for example, by solar photovoltaics, wind energy, or hydro) or in heating (for example by woodfuel, heat pumps, or solar hot water), this event can provide the information you need.

Find out more about how you could benefit from the government’s Feed In Tariffs and Renewable Heat Incentive. Come along and find out which technology is right for you – installers of a wide range of types and sizes of renewable energy technologies will be exhibiting at the show.  Argyll and Bute Council Planning Department and a number of energy related charities and advice organisations will also be in attendance.


Try Low Emission Vehicles At GreenFleet 2012 In Edinburgh

Tackling vehicle emissions in Scotland

Visitors to GreenFleet Scotland in Edinburgh will be given the  opportunity to touch, taste and experience the latest low emission  vehicles, including the Vauxhall Ampera, Nissan LEAF and Citroen C-ZERO.  The event is on September 13th at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh.

2012 will be the fourth year that GreenFleet, in association with the  Energy Saving Trust and O2, has staged the event at Ingliston. Last  year, feedback from both the visitors to the event and the organisations  that took part has been extremely favourable. Duncan Inglis of Angus  Council said: “The seminars were very informative, and there was a good  selection of related products and suppliers available.”

Vauxhall AmperaIan Murdoch, EST Scotland, stated: “With staggering results  demonstrated by last years Fuel Efficient Driving Experience, people  will undoubtedly be interested in taking fuel efficient driver training  sessions. In Scotland, the Energy Saving Trust can offer individuals  fuel efficient driver training at a heavily subsidised cost of £12 for  50 minutes of training.  Average results from this training are 15% of  fuel saving. This can equate to two months’ worth of fuel. So for £12  you can potentially save hundreds of pounds. If you are in Scotland and  would like to access this training, please phone your local Energy  Saving Scotland advice centre on 0800 512 012 and ask about fuel  efficient driver training.”

This years event will see 4 seminar sessions,  with the theme being “2020 Vision – Where Green Becomes Clear”. The focus moves from the combustion engine, driver training and fuel efficient driving technology on to what we can expect from the manufacturers. Another session will look at EV’s, Plugged-in Places (PiP) and Plugged-in Fleets initiative (PiFi), the leasing of EVs and a case study. Following lunch will be a session on hydrogen, followed by the wrap up with the GreenTech Debate. More information on speakers, and general event timings, can be found here .

 It is estimated that Scottish organisations could save over £250 million a year through reduced fuel bills by switching to greener company cars. Attendance is free of charge to qualifying individuals in the fleet  management and associated industries, but places at the event are  limited. Make sure you register now .


GreenFleet Scotland Website


What if… we left the coal in the ground?

National Mining Museum
Edinburgh Sat 26th May 2012 2.30pm-4pm

Coal mining is a significant part of Scotland’s past, but will it be part of it’s future?

The Scottish government have set a target of an equivalent of 100% of gross annual electricity demand from renewables by 2020, though this has been criticised as unrealistic by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, who point out that in any case, electricity is actually the smallest component of Scotland’s energy demand, with heat and transport making up higher proportions.

How might life change if Scotland did start generating all of its electricity from clean, renewable sources? Can Scotland quit coal by 2020, or will it continue to depend on some sort of clean coal technology into the future? How do our heat and transport systems need to change to take advantage of renewable energy?

Chaired by Andrew Simms, nef fellow



Free, but registration required via