Sal­mond to speak at con­fer­ence on Brexit threat to re­new­ables

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

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.”

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