Salmond to speak at conference on Brexit threat to renewables
Former First Minister and Russian television host Alex Salmond will appear in Dundee tomorrow at a conference on the threats posed to the renewable energy sector by Brexit.
Dundee University’s centre for energy, petroleum and mineral law and policy will host the event in the Dalhousie building, Old Hawkhill.
Professor Peter Cameron, director of the department, will warn of the threats to renewable sector production – two-thirds of which is currently based in Scotland.
Alex Salmond will deliver a keynote address at the conference, which will focus on the consequences of Britain leaving the EU when it comes to future investment and infrastructure in the energy industry.
Prof Cameron said: “Scotland’s growing and robust renewables industry is one of the most positive consequences of devolution.
“Over the past decade, the Scottish Government has achieved spectacular growth in this industry and Scotland’s renewable energy sector is intimately linked to the rest of Europe.
“Renewable energy was a key focus of Alex Salmond’s government and delegates will hear his views on how the industry may fare post-Brexit.
“The future could be positive since Scotland and the EU are committed to meeting demanding renewable energy targets, but there are concerns over what happens if companies based here cannot access EU markets and over the industry’s regulatory framework.
“What happens in the Brexit negotiations is of vital importance to the renewables sector in Scotland.”