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First Minister to speak at major energy conference in Aberdeen

A prestigious conference in Aberdeen today (Friday, 22 February) will uncover Europe’s energy policy for the 21st century - and the role that Scottish technology, expertise and resources will play in it.

Keynote speakers include First Minister Alex Salmond and Peter Vis, a senior adviser to EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs, with contributions from leading industry, academic and political figures including Professor Jim McDonald (Chairman, Energy Technologies Partnership), Jason Ormiston (CEO, Scottish Renewables Forum), Alyn Smith MEP (Member EU Energy Committee), Malcolm Webb (CEO, Oil & Gas UK) and Brian Wilson (former UK Energy Minister).  The chairman for the event will be Jeremy Cresswell (Editor, "Energy"). 

Organised by the Scottish Council of the European Movement in association with the University of Aberdeen and Aberdeen City Council, the conference will consider the economic, social and environmental implications of Europe's energy strategy for the next century, and Scotland's role within it.

John Brand, who has been in charge of organising the conference, from the European Movement, Scottish Council, is looking forward to welcoming delegates next week.  He said: "European energy policy will affect us all – the work we do, the land around us, the way we live our lives.  Scotland's massive resources and expertise mean that we have a huge role to play in Europe.  We need to consider not just the production and supply aspects but economic, environmental and social issues too.  

"With input from the First Minister and a special adviser to the European Energy Commissioner, this conference is an unmissable opportunity for companies and organisations to meet the policy makers, hear their plans and tell them about their concerns."

Conference places, including networking lunch and post-conference reception, are priced at £100 for corporate participants and £40 for public sector, academic and not-for-profit participants. 

John Brand added: "If you or your organisation are interested in the commercial, economic, technical or environmental issues of energy policy, you should be represented at this conference."

The conference is being sponsored by Accenture.

Energy for a changing world: a credible European energy strategy for the 21st century


Chairman:  Jeremy Cresswell, Editor, 'Energy'

11.20 - 12.50     Morning session

11.20 - 11.30     Welcome Professor Stephen Logan, Senior Vice Principal, University of Aberdeen

11.30 - 12.00     Keynote: EU energy strategy: the issues Peter Vis, Office of the European Energy Commissioner

12.00 - 12.10     The R&D response to the energy challenge Prof Jim McDonald, Chairman ETP

12.10 - 12.20     The view from Scotland's other Parliament - Scotland's opportunities Alyn Smith MEP (Member of European Energy Committee)

12.20 - 12.55     Panel discussion Speakers + others

12.55 - 13.00     Invitation to lunch Sponsor - Accenture

13.00 - 14.20     Lunch

                Networking lunch

14.20 - 16.10     Afternoon session

14.20 - 14.25     Introduction Lord Provost Peter Stephen MCIBS, City of Aberdeen

14.25 - 14.55     Keynote: Scotland's role in the EU energy strategy First Minister Alex Salmond MSP, MP

14.55 - 15.05     Europe's Indigenous Oil and Gas Industry Malcolm Webb, Chief Executive Oil & Gas UK

15.05 - 15.15     Partnership with Europe: Delivering 20% by 2020 and 80% by 2050  Jason Ormiston, CEO Scottish Renewables Forum

15.15 - 15.25     Presentation Brian Wilson

15.25 - 16.00     Panel discussion Speakers + others

16.00 - 16.05     Closing remarks Roderick Skinner, Chairman, EM Scottish Council

16.05 - 17.30     Reception


The European Movement is Britain's pro-European campaigning organisation.  It argues that the European Union should become more democratic, effective and accountable, and that Britain should play a full role in reforming and developing the EU. The European Movement is funded entirely by membership subscriptions and private donations. It receives no money from the British Government, from political parties, or from the European Union or any of its institutions. 

The Scottish Council of the European Movement is administered from Edinburgh:  it is self-governing and is particularly concerned with the interests of Scotland as a constituent part of Europe.

For further details contact: John Brand on: 07790 545033 or email: href=""></a>  </p>


Peter Vis has been a member of the Cabinet of Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Energy, since May 2007. His responsibilities in the Cabinet cover renewable energy, including the interaction of climate change targets with renewable energy and biofuels.

Prior to last May, Peter worked in the Economic Analysis and Climate Change Unit of the Directorate-General for Energy and Transport. From 2003-2005 he was Deputy Head of Unit of the "Climate & Energy" Unit in the Directorate-General for Environment, the Unit responsible for the EU's greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme, including the assessment of national allocation plans.

Peter has worked on environmental economic instruments since 1997, specialising in greenhouse gas emissions trading. From 2003 until 2005 he was also Co-chairman of the Climate Change Committee.

Prior to joining the European Commission in 1990, Peter worked for HM Customs & Excise in the UK. He graduated from Cambridge University in 1982.


Notes to Editors

Issued by the Communications Team, Office of External Affairs, University of Aberdeen, King's College, Aberdeen. Tel: (01224) 272014.

Issued on: Friday 22nd of February 2008

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