AREG NEWS: Energy Futures conference to highlight size of prize for North East region

September 26, 2022
AREG NEWS: Energy Futures conference to highlight size of prize for North East region

 -Cabinet Secretary Michael Matheson to set out scale of opportunities as keynote speaker –

Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) is set to bring hundreds of delegates together to discuss the region’s role in a net zero economy with a keynote speech delivered by Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport, Michael Matheson.

He will be joined by Maggie McGinlay, chief executive of Energy Transition Zone (ETZ) Ltd, Bob Sanguinetti, chief executive officer of Port of Aberdeen and Davide Coppola, head of space applications at the European Space Agency (ESA) and Michael Tholen, acting chief executive officer and director of sustainability at Offshore Energies UK (OEUK), at the event at P&J Live on 15 November.

Together the speakers will set out the vision for the region’s integrated energy future, highlighting investment opportunities and the knock-on impacts for the supply chain.

The programme will also feature interactive panel sessions during the day addressing some of the challenges and gaps on scaling up offshore renewables, supply chain – engineering, innovation and digitalisation and education, skills and training.

A dedicated hydrogen programme is being curated by North East Scotland Hydrogen Ambition Steering Committee (NESH2A), a group of experienced executives from both public and private sector organisations who are actively working on developing a hydrogen economy in the region, including Aberdeen City Council, bp, Storegga, Net Zero Technology Centre, ERM, SGN, ETZ Ltd, Hydrasun, Scottish Enterprise and North East Scotland College.

The day kicks-off with a business breakfast, in association with Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce, marking the launch of the Energy Transition 36 report. The research carried out alongside KPMG and ETZ limited shines a spotlight on the opportunities that lie ahead for companies in the region.

The exhibition space will include interactive displays and a ‘tech bites’ area, featuring short presentations examining the latest solutions to reduce carbon emissions. The event will conclude with an evening dinner, with registrations to open shortly.

AREG CEO David Rodger commented: “It’s an exciting time for the energy industry and the agenda we’re setting is topical and timely. Whilst COP 27 takes place in Egypt at the same time, we’ll be offering an opportunity for constructive debate right here in the North East on the issues most pertinent to businesses and our communities as they navigate current cost challenges and the ongoing energy transition.

“Companies are looking to capitalise on the opportunities that lie ahead and it is vital that industry transfers the expertise we have from decades of oil and gas production, setting a clear path to becoming an energy hub with a thriving economy based on renewables.”

“Our conference and exhibition will focus on some of the fastest developing areas, such as offshore wind and hydrogen, as well as the skills and training needed to meet the needs of the energy transition now and in the future.”

Mike Fleming, Chair of NESH2A (North East Scotland Hydrogen Ambition) Steering Committee, added: “The hydrogen programme for the Energy Futures event is taking shape and it will demonstrate that the hydrogen economy is here and happening. The North East of Scotland is rapidly becoming one of the first real hydrogen regions in the UK, both deploying and producing hydrogen and innovating and creating the hydrogen solutions for tomorrow and testing them in real life. We’ll be looking at how hydrogen will rapidly scale up over the next decade as more investment is attracted to Scotland.”

A number of sponsors and supporters are on board and there is a growing interest in exhibition space. Event sponsors so far include stc insiso and North Star with Energy Voice as the lead media partner and further support from Scottish Renewables and OGV.

Ryan Stevenson, head of Energy Voice, said:

“We’re delighted to be media partners for AREG’s Energy Futures Conference and Exhibition. AREG plays a vital role in bringing key stakeholders together to pave the way for Aberdeen’s future as a clean energy hub. This brand new conference is a vital way to facilitate debate on this journey and showcase the expertise, skills and technology leading the energy transition. It’s exciting for Energy Voice to be involved and we very much look forward to covering the key developments and stories that emerge from the event.”

For more information on the Energy Future’s Conference and Exhibition visit AREG’s website or contact [email protected].  To explore sponsorship opportunities click here or contact [email protected]

To book your free place at the conference and exhibition sign-up here. Dinner bookings will launch shortly.

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