AREG NEWS: A reflection on our Energy Futures Conference and Exhibition

November 30, 2022

It has been almost two weeks since our Energy Futures Conference and Exhibition, where 400 delegates attended P&J Live for a day of thought-provoking discussions about the current landscape of the renewables sector and the opportunities and challenges ahead for a timely and just energy transition.

As the original energy transition organisation, we have made it our mission to become a powerful voice in the net zero conversation, both in Scotland and around the world. The response we have seen in the days and weeks following our event has shown what can be achieved through collaboration and we have no plans to stop now.

The conference featured five insightful panel sessions with influential figures from across the supply chain, generating thought-provoking discussions that we are sure will resonate across the sector in years to come.

Our exhibition space brought together an excellent mix of organisations, to showcase leading technologies and initiatives, alongside representatives from the charity sector including Camphill School and Magpie.

We are grateful to all delegates and exhibitors who took part in our event, and we would like to say a special thank you to our event sponsors and supporters including bp, Shell, STC INSISO, Vattenfall, North Star, OPITO, Aberdeen Science Centre, North East Scotland Hydrogen Ambition (NESH2A) Steering Committee, FENNEX Ltd, Scottish Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA), Energy Voice, OGV Energy and Scottish Renewables – without them the event would not have happened.

We must now look towards 2023 and focus on how we capitalise on the conversations, learning and ideas that came from our event and ensure the North-east achieves its ambition of becoming a centre of excellence in transition.

The AREG team and board.

Get in touch

AREG is the original energy transition organisation, working on behalf of members to empower the energy supply chain and champion its expertise. Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to find out more about membership.

AREG has played an important role in the growth of Scotland’s renewable energy sector, engaging the supply chain and developing the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. However, we are only at the very beginning of the transition that AREG was established to both lead and support so there are still opportunities for companies to get into the constantly evolving renewables supply chain. We look forward to continuing our work together as renewables builds on its place as Scotland’s main source of power, and as we seek to deliver real change in the crucial areas of heat and transport.

Scottish Renewables

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce has worked closely with AREG since its formation. The recent progress in the developments of offshore wind projects by Equinor and Vattenfall are as a result of the work of the group over many years. The north-east is known as the oil and gas capital of Europe. At the Chamber, we believe the region must evolve its position to being recognised as the energy capital. Whilst hydrocarbons will continue to be essential in driving our economy for years to come, the generation of renewable resources will play an increasingly important role in providing cost-effective power, innovative development and economic growth.

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce

The enthusiasm and dedication of the early group that would become AREG was fundamental in us choosing to launch All-Energy in Aberdeen. The first tiny show was held in 2001, and AREG’s Chairman at the time, Jeremy Cresswell, played such an active role that I often describe him in terms such as All-Energy’s ‘midwife’. All-Energy is now the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference in terms of number of attendees, space booked, and number of exhibiting companies. As AREG became firmly established, their presence and support for the event grew spectacularly over the years. We thank them most sincerely for their invaluable input.


Vattenfall has forged a strong working relationship with AREG through the development of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. AREG has worked tirelessly on behalf of the North East and it can take enormous credit for the growth of sustainable energy in the region and the path it has cleared for the region to capture further investment.


Aberdeen City and Shire is emerging as a key location for renewables by successfully transferring its world-class oil and gas expertise into the sector and AREG has done much to advance this through a broad range of initiatives. It has acted as a catalyst in driving further investment in the local economy by engaging with companies, Government, public bodies and existing projects and we have been pleased to support their efforts. Scottish Enterprise will continue to engage with AREG as we increase Scotland’s use of renewable energy.

Scottish Enterprise