Scottish Renewables Planning Conference

February 23, 2022
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Date(s) - February 23, 2022
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Scotland has some of the most ambitious net-zero commitments in the world, but to deliver them will require a world beating planning framework. Planning is the number one barrier members tell us that our projects face.

By 2030 Scotland will need at least an additional 12GW of onshore wind, 10GW offshore wind, 4GW more solar PV and to be building out new Pumped Storage Hydro projects. On top of that we’ll need to have decarbonised heat in half of Scotland’s homes and buildings while electrifying our transport systems. Gaining planning consent will be pivotal to achieving all of this and for building the supporting infrastructure this energy transition will need.

The NPF4 promised to transform planning to enable the achievement of net-zero but we are yet to see significant political progress on these reforms. In the meantime, industry continues to take on the task of trying to achieve the levels of deployment net-zero demands while planning continues to be a major obstacle.

With demanding targets to be reached and 2030 less than eight years away, Scottish Renewables’ Planning Conference 2022 will examine all these issues and more.

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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