According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the energy transition is defined as ‘a pathway toward transformation of the global energy sector from fossil-based to zero-carbon by the second half of this century’.
This route to transition is being accelerated through ambitious climate goals, with the UK Government Climate Change Committee’s ‘Net Zero – The UK’s contribution to stopping global warming’ report recommending that the UK sets net zero targets for 2050, with a target of 2045 in Scotland.
The term ‘energy transition’ and the above-mentioned net zero policy targets have been widely publicised in recent years, with an ever-increasing public interest in the UK’s contribution to climate change. This is certainly not a new term for Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG). We have been working with our members in this area for the last 15 years to assist with this move into a new landscape.
Acting on behalf of our members since 2003, we have been developing renewable projects of key economic value as well as opening doors for companies who wish to move into the renewables sector. Given Aberdeen’s long-established position as Europe’s leading energy hub and its global reputation for energy project delivery, we want Aberdeen to be as famous for renewables as it is for oil and gas.
I am optimistic that we can achieve our ambition, with Aberdeen already receiving increased recognition for its role in the transition. A growing number of energy transition events are taking place in the city in the coming months, providing key opportunities for companies to share their activities and highlight progress on their decarbonisation journey. I would encourage you to look out for these events and get involved.
It is important not to underestimate the challenges that will lie ahead as part of the energy transition, in the run up to 2050 and beyond. However, looking back on what has been achieved in the last 15 years, particularly in offshore wind, I am confident of what we can achieve in the energy transition going forward.
If you would like to join around 160 existing AREG members from around the world who are already putting their decarbonisation plans into action, take a look at the AREG website for more information about becoming a member. Members receive several benefits including events, information, networking and business opportunities.
I hope to see you at an energy transition event in Aberdeen in the near future.
Jean Morrison, Chair of Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group