Scottish Policy Conferences: Next steps for energy policy and delivering a Just Transition in Scotland

August 31, 2023
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Date(s) - August 31, 2023
9:00 am - 1:00 pm


This conference will examine next steps for decarbonising the Scottish energy system, and what is needed to realise 2045 net zero ambitions.

It is an opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to discuss the Draft Energy Strategy and Just Transition Plan and consultation published in January 2023, including progress and priorities in delivering a Just Transition, and the role of the Just Transition Commission and Just Transition Fund.

Speakers will assess opportunities and barriers around scaling up renewable energy for domestic industry, transport and heat, with discussion on securing investment, meeting infrastructure needs, and commercialising new technologies.

Further sessions will examine key priorities for preparing for a Just Transition to achieve a net zero energy system and resilient economy, while supporting communities and tackling inequality.

Kersti Berge, Director of Energy and Climate Change, Scottish Government, will lead a keynote session during the event.

Overall, areas for discussion include:
• the current outlook for Scottish energy markets and wider energy sector challenges
• assessing the current marine planning system and infrastructure capacity to scale up renewable energy in Scotland
• considering challenges around offshore spatial planning in the North Sea, securing grid capacity, and what is needed to overcome network issues
• latest thinking on building up supply chains to prepare for plans to accelerate decarbonisation of domestic industry, transport and heat
• next steps for innovation across onshore and offshore energy generators, attracting investment, the role of hydrogen, and collaboration between sectors
• priorities for securing the workforce and green skills needed to realise a Just Transition
• delivering affordable energy across Scotland, plans to maximise community and locally-led energy projects, and transitioning away from fossil fuel-related economic activities

Find out more here.

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