AREG NEWS: New York based sustainable cities expert to speak at AREG Energy Futures dinner

October 17, 2022
AREG NEWS: New York based sustainable cities expert to speak at AREG Energy Futures dinner

International climate and sustainability expert Lolita Jackson, MBE, is set to address guests at a dinner to round off AREG’s Energy Futures conference and exhibition at P&J Live, Aberdeen on 15 November.

The conference, which begins with an address from Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero Energy and Transport Michael Matheson MSP, will bring hundreds of delegates together to discuss the region’s role in a net zero economy, the scale of opportunities and the actions needed to reach government targets for net zero.

The day culminates with a drinks reception and dinner where Ms Jackson, a New York based Global Scot, will take centre stage. As executive director of communications and sustainable cities at Sustainable Development Capital LLP, Ms Jackson acts as a link to governments around the world on COP, UN and climate business engagement.

She previously worked for the NYC Mayor’s office for 15 years where she held roles including climate diplomat for the city and director of outreach for the post Hurricane Sandy resilience team and has excelled in a career focused on climate improvements and resilience within communities.

As a survivor of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre and the 1993 bombing, she will highlight how her life changing experiences have influenced her career.

Speaking ahead of the AREG event Lolita Jackson said:

“I look forward to joining the AREG dinner event this November and meeting some of the people involved with the energy transition in the North-east of Scotland. I’ve always loved the warmth of the Scottish people and I’m excited to join such an innovative and inspiring group coming together to agree on actions they can take together.

I’ll be sharing some of my own experiences of building stronger, more resilient cities and the key lessons I’ve learned during my career. Like much of the work I’ve done, the energy transition requires that we listen and learn from those living through the process, from individuals, to community groups, companies, and government agencies. Events such as the Energy Futures conference are crucial for bringing the right people together and agreeing the necessary actions to reach important goals.”

AREG chair, Jean Morrison said:

“We look forward to concluding what will be a busy and insightful day, focused on the opportunities and actions related to the energy transition here in the North-east, with Lolita’s global perspective, which I have no doubt will provide an abundance of inspiration and new ideas for those attending.”

The dinner, which is sponsored by Shell, kicks off at 6.30pm with a drinks reception and concludes with a networking opportunity to reflect on a day of thought-provoking discussions around energy transition and the fast pace of change required to reach net zero targets.

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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.

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