BREXIT’S impact on the renewable and low-carbon energy sectors will be part of the focus of a high-level conference in Glasgow. Leading academics will join businessmen and women at All-Energy 2017 to look at the implications of leaving the EU.

Brexit will be debated at the opening main session on day two of the event – the UK’s largest renewable and low-carbon energy exhibition and conference which is being held at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC, formerly the SECC) on May 10 and 11.

Chaired by Dr Nina Skorupska, chief executive of the Renewable Energy Association (REA), the session will be addressed by Professor Karen Turner, director of the Centre for Energy Policy at the University of Strathclyde.

Also present will be Professor Paul Cairney of the University of Stirling, Professor Nicola McEwen of the University of Edinburgh, and Professor Aileen McHarg and David Wilson, both from the University of Strathclyde.

This will be followed by a question and answer session involving both Turner and McEwen, who is Professor of Territorial Politics and associate director of the ESRC Centre on Constitutional Change; Matthew Knight, director of Energy Strategy and Government Affairs at Siemens; Clare Foster, banking and finance and head of clean energy at Shepherd and Wedderburn; and Martin Wright, managing director of Aurora Ventures and chairman of the REA. All-Energy’s conference project director, Judith Patten, said: “Recently, Nina Skorupska gave evidence to the business, energy and industrial strategy committee at the House of Commons, so in a way she is poacher turned gamekeeper for she will be using some of the questions she was asked to quiz her panel.

“In broad terms, these will include what is likely to be the long-term structure for UK energy systems given the implications of leaving the EU’s Internal Energy Market, the impacts on the energy industry outside of direct energy policy, and how potential models for future relationships with the EU will affect the UK energy industry.

“They will also include a look at what the red lines should be for the Government seeking a transitional arrangement that would support the energy industry and, of course, she will be looking to the audience to pose questions of their own.”

All conference sessions at All-Energy, and the co-located Smart Urban Mobility Solutions (SUMS 2017), are free to attend for all with relevant business/professional interests as are the major exhibition with some 400 exhibitors from 16 countries, the Giant Networking Evening, civic reception and a calendar of associated events.

All-Energy is organised by Reed Exhibitions. Shepherd and Wedderburn is the headline sponsor, and the event is held in association with the REA, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise, Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) and host city Glasgow.

The Society for Underwater Technology is the show’s learned society patron. A further 40 organisations including government departments, professional bodies and trade associations act as supporters.

Shepherd and Wedderburn is also sponsoring SUMS 2017 which is held with Transport Scotland, ITS United Kingdom, the Energy Saving Trust, Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Chamber of Commerce as its supporting organisations.