The issues facing Scotland’s cities as they try to keep pace with the smart energy revolution and harness innovations in renewable energy takes centre stage on 20 February at Scottish Renewables’ Low-Carbon Cities Conference in Edinburgh. Sponsored by Pinsent Masons, the conference will feature industry leaders, local and national politicians and major stakeholders, who will discuss how Scotland can make best use of its formidable natural resources and continue the transition to a low-carbon economy. Certainly, there is no lack of ambition, as laid out in December in the Scottish Government’s strategy A 2050 Vision for Energy, which set two new targets – firstly, the equivalent of 50 per cent of the energy for Scotland’s heat, transport and electricity consumption to be supplied from renewable sources, and secondly an increase by 30 per cent in the productivity of energy use across the Scottish economy. Whilst the focus on renewable energy generation continues to be key to the energy strategy, it is clear that energy efficiency measures, the management of energy consumption and the promotion of storage and system flexibility and further innovation are priority focus areas. This all chimes with the findings in a Pinsent Masons commissioned survey, Smart Energy – Hungry for Change, which amongst other things looked at the evolution of mobile technology and the development of smart energy and infrastructure projects on a global scale. One area where the smart energy industry has been given a leg-up is in local government policy. In the UK for example, Bristol and Peterborough have for some years been promoting smart technologies, including electric vehicles and renewable energy.
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