Community benefots of energy projects to be explored

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Energy experts will gather at Robert Gordon University (RGU)’s Energy Law Conference from November 14-15 to explore the community benefits of energy projects in Scotland.

The two-day conference, which is a first for RGU, will welcome Scottish and International energy experts to its new Riverside East campus to examine energy projects, social license and community benefits.

A roster of expert panelists will come from Scotland, Wales and Denmark to bring their expertise and share their knowledge of these important policy issues.

Professor in Energy Law, Anita Rønne of the University of Copenhagen; the head of Aberdeenshire Council’s planning and building standards Robert Gray; senior lecturer in oil, gas and energy law at Aberdeen University Greg Gordon; and Exploration & Subsurface Director for the UK & Netherlands at Centrica Energy’s exploration and production business Mark Lappin will give insightful presentations into the relevant topics.

Co-author of a recent UK Energy Research Centre report on public attitudes towards whole energy system change and lecturer in Human Geography at Bangor University’s School of Environment, Natural Resources & Geography, Dr Karen Parkhill will also be speaking.

They will be joined by RGU’s Professor Peter Strachan who is the Strategy and Policy Group Lead within the Department of Management, Dr David Toke from Aberdeen University and expert on communities and renewables, and the Scottish Government’s fossil fuels expert Stuart Mckay.

It has been organised by The Law School within RGU’s Aberdeen Business School to promote the importance of community benefits of energy projects in Scotland.

Organisers of the conference William Craig and Nicolas Maulet, senior lecturers and course leaders, for LLM/MSc Oil and Gas Law at RGU, said: “The particular focus of the conference is to offer insight on local communities’ interests and the role of stakeholders in consultations for the licensing of energy projects.

“It’ll be an excellent policy focused event and this is the first of its kind at RGU. We will be hoping to make it a calendar event in the future and we are delighted to have secured the attendance of such a high caliber of panelists.”

Aberdeenshire Council’s Head of Planning & Building Standards, Robert Gray, said: “Energy production and development is a vital part of Aberdeenshire’s economy and we constantly strive to stay up-to-date with the wide range of policy issues which affect the sector.

“Energy production continues to develop at an exponential rate and new community benefits are being discovered all the time. This conference is an excellent opportunity to gather experts from across Europe to share our knowledge on these important issues.”

Mark Lappin, Exploration & Subsurface Director for the UK & Netherlands at Centrica Energy’s exploration and production business, said: “As a leading UK energy company, Centrica is playing an important part in helping to secure a diverse range of energy supplies. We are committed to working with our stakeholders, so this conference is a great opportunity to discuss the challenges – and opportunities – that we face as an industry.”

The two-day Energy Law Conference costs £65 or £30 for an RGU student. It will also feature a Breakout Discussion event for conference participants which will include RGU LLM students and conference delegates and will be chaired by RGU Oil & Gas Law staff.

For more information and to register, please visit www.rgu.ac.uk/about/faculties-schools-and-departments/aberdeen-business-school/the-law-school/law-events/energy-law-and-policy-conference-2013