Glasgow will host the UK’S largest renewable and sustainable energy exhibition and conference next May. It is the second year the All-Energy event will be held in the city and the showcase promises to be the biggest and best yet.

And the Call for papers for All-Energy 2016 (Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre – SECC, Glasgow, UK – Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 May 2016) has been published and the wraps taken off new features planned within the annual exhibition, the largest renewable and sustainable energy exhibition and conference in the UK. For the first time there will be pavilions dedicated to energy storage, smart infrastructure, heat, and low carbon transport infrastructure – the latter alongside the low carbon transport demonstration area.

Another feature will be the International Trade Exchange, an area where officials from a range of countries will showcase commercial opportunities within their country or region, will share information on support mechanisms provided to assist trade with their country or region and introduce organisations from their area that are eager to establish international trading partnerships. All elements of All-Energy remain free to attend and include the exhibition, the conference and the now-traditional Giant Networking Evening. Information on exhibiting and on sponsorship opportunities is online at www.all-energy.co.uk

“We know there are plenty of challenges for the industry we serve, but there are also many new opportunities. These range from working with new supply chain partners (some in other areas of the low carbon economy), to meeting and doing business with new types of customers including cities, large energy end-users and international colleagues. That’s why, as the UK’s largest low carbon event, we are introducing plenty of new and relevant content, and attracting new and relevant contacts, all designed to inspire and stimulate and lead to new business opportunities for our exhibitors,” explains event director, Jonathan Heastie, of Reed Exhibitions.

“To this end, we are seeing the exhibition filling up with a strong blend of traditional renewable energy and new low carbon solution providers and, with the publication of the Call for Papers, practical steps are being taken to attract speakers on a wide range of subjects to reflect this breadth and depth. Combined, all our steps will lead to an even better experience for our visitors.”

All-Energy 2015, the first to be staged in Glasgow after 14 years in Aberdeen, attracted some 450 exhibiting companies from 20 countries, and a record-breaking total attendance of 8,250 from 50 countries. More than 450 speakers took part in the two day 50-session conference and three show-floor quick-fire presentation theatres, which were attended by over 2,800 unique participants. The post-show visitor survey revealed 97% satisfaction about the conference from visitors. Now is the time when all eager to share news of their projects and developments, interesting case histories or air their views on a myriad of related subjects can submit 300-word abstracts for consideration by planning committees and session ‘champions’. The call for papers remains open until Friday 11 December 2015.

“Innovation, cost reduction and aids to ever safer and more efficient operations will figure high on the agenda, as will successful case histories and lessons learned, behavioural change, adding value not cost, diversification, export opportunities, realism and so much more,” explains project director Judith Patten MBE who has responsibility for planning the conference.

“By our abstract deadline we’ll know the outcome of including the outcome of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP21, in Paris; and the publication of advice to the UK government on the Fifth Carbon Budget by the Committee on Climate Change will also have taken place. What we don’t want is too much negative backward thinking. Let’s move forward together!”

The ‘so much more’ is in the hands of all with an interest in the topics served by All-Energy – renewable and sustainable energy, business energy efficiency and smart sustainable cities. In publishing the Call for Papers the All-Energy team is eager for ideas for session topics and speakers that those in the industry would like to see invited as well as looking forward to receiving the abstract submissions that act as a guide to what potential speakers would like to deliver in May. Full information on the steps that need to be taken for those with suggestions, or those eager to present, are on the All-Energy website at www.all-energy.co.uk

The website features a useful diagram showing how all the topics that come under the conference spotlight interweave.

“One thing that will be new is our 2016 take on our ‘meet the buyers’ feature,” explains Judith Patten. “Rather than being just one long stand-alone conference session, with a series of presentations by ‘the buyers’ and then the opportunity to meet potential suppliers in timed 1-2-1 sessions, we are offering the opportunity to those of you submitting abstracts who are buyers to use our special 1-2-1 ‘meet the buyers’ area at the end of your conference session.

“So, if you are a buyer of goods and services taking part in one of the offshore wind sessions at the end of that session you can head to the 1-2-1 area to meet the suppliers who have pre-booked a swift meeting with you – and the same applies to speakers in all our sessions from community energy to finance and funding, nuclear to energy efficiency, smart grid/meters to the farming community, and so on. Buyers looking for new suppliers just need to tick the relevant box on our abstract form and we will be in touch with them to explain what is on offer.”