Scotland Policy Conferences

Priorities for developing energy efficiency in Scotland

Morning, Thursday, 5th October 2017

Central Edinburgh


Please note the date of this seminar has changed.

Following closure of the Scottish Government’s consultations on its draft energy strategy and design of the Scottish Energy Efficiency Programme, this seminar will provide a timely opportunity to discuss the policy priorities for improving energy efficiency in Scotland.

Delegates will discuss the key issues for domestic energy efficiency within Scotland, including the possible avenues for finance and investment; the role of the Energy Company Obligation in reducing fuel poverty; and opportunities for reducing energy demand through district heating, retrofitting and sustainable design.

Further sessions will focus on how the Scottish Government can meet long-term carbon emissions targets through improvements in industrial and commercial energy efficiency, focusing on technological improvements, funding strategies and business engagement.

We expect speakers and other delegates to be an informed group including members of the Scottish Parliament, senior government officials involved in this area of public policy, together with representatives from the energy supply and efficiency sectors, local government, business and academia, finance and legal, environmental and consumer groups along with further interested parties.

Guest of Honour

Paul Wheelhouse MSP

Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, The Scottish Government

Guest of Honour

Paul Wheelhouse MSP

Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, The Scottish Government


Mark Ruskell MSP

Spokesperson for Climate, Energy and Environment, Scottish Green Party

Liam McArthur MSP

Spokesperson for Energy, Scottish Liberal Democrats


Iain Watson

Director, Energy Efficiency, Green Investment Bank

Speaker confirmed from Citizens Advice Scotland

Professor Karen Turner

Director, Centre for Energy Policy, University of Strathclyde

Speaker confirmed from Ofgem

Keith Armstrong

Director of Energy Services, SSE

Matt Bridgestock

Director, John Gilbert Architects

Dave Pearson

Director, Star Renewable Energy

George McGhee

Chief Executive Officer, NetThings

Janice Pauwels

Head of Energy and Low Carbon, City of Edinburgh Council

Sam Illsley

Programme Manager, Scotland, Salix Finance

Yoav Zingher

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, KiWi Power