The race to host a prestigious conference run by the United Nations Environment Programme and the European Energy Centre has been won by the Edinburgh Conference Centre at Heriot-Watt University.

The ‘Getting Ready for Renewable Energy – Green New Deal’ conference will take place at the conference centre on 21 January 2011 with a number of high profile delegates and speakers from around the world expected to attend.

The objectives of the conference, which seeks to explore the opportunities for partnership between Europe in renewable energies include:

- Options and opportunities for companies expanding in the renewable energy market
- Company requirements to meet CO2 emission targets
- Opportunities for individuals entering the renewable energy sector
- Comparison and choosing between Renewable Energies
- Investment potential for both the economy and the environment

The conference is organized by the European Energy Centre (EEC) in cooperation with Centro Studi Galileo, the Indian association TERRE, the Associazione Tecnici Italiani del Freddo, and the Intergovernmental International Institute of Refrigeration. Building upon the outcomes of the 13th European conference, this event will directly address the Scottish Government’s desire to collaborate with international institutions to push on Renewable Energy Applications.

Paolo Buoni, the Director of the European Energy Centre (EEC) UK, said:

“We have been promoting best practice in renewable energy for 36 years through training courses and major conferences for personnel working in the renewable energy field. This 14th European Conference is a major landmark for launching the Green New Deal in Scotland with the United Nations UNEP.

“Several European Governments and the European Commission have shown strong interest and support towards the European Energy Centre activities of education and training in renewable energy; in this respect we are proud that this conference has just won the auspices of the Italian Government Ministry of the Environment.

“After 10 years of partnership with the United Nations - UNEP, the European Energy Centre is delighted to have found an ideal venue for this major event at the Edinburgh Conference Centre at Heriot-Watt University.”

Commercial Operations Manager at the Edinburgh Conference Centre at Heriot-Watt University, Lynne Geary said:

“To be able to host and welcome a United Nations conference to the Edinburgh Conference Centre is a wonderful endorsement of the staff and facilities that we offer here.

“This event includes speakers from Heriot-Watt University on the subject of the environment and renewable energy. Scotland is already making significant strides in embracing renewable energy and developing new technologies to do so.

“It is fitting that such a prestigious conference is coming to Scotland and we are delighted to be hosting it.”

To find out more about the aims of the conference, and to register, visit: www.EUenergycentre.org