Policy, technological advances and cost reductions have made a cleaner energy mix a reality, and by 2030, Europe is to meet 27% of its total energy demand with renewable energy, and increase its energy efficiency by 30%.
Governments, regions and cities across the globe have committed to reducing carbon emissions in alignment with the COP 21 Paris accord, and many pledges have been made to become solely reliant on renewables by 2040/2050. However, significant transformation and investment across the extended energy value chain, from oil and gas operators, through to power generators, distributors and electricity consumers, needs to take place at a continued rapid pace, to meet policymaker’s targets.
Global Power & Energy Exhibition (GPEX), co-located with Gastech, will take place in Barcelona in September 2018, to provide solutions for businesses adapting to the energy transition. The event will play host to 30,000 business and technical thought-leaders, to address important commercial, regulatory, geopolitical and technical issues impacting the future of the power and energy industry, as well as focus on citizens, as distributed energy generation agents in this new energy model.
Stewart Bundock, Event Director at organiser dmg::events, says: “We are living in truly transformative times, and few industries are facing more change than the global energy sector. A combination of policy and emerging technologies are changing the way that power is produced, distributed and consumed, and revolutionising the landscape over the years and decades ahead. But integration is a vast and complex undertaking that requires cohesion and knowledge sharing.”
An innovative, technology-focused exhibition with 200 international exhibitors, will feature four dedicated industry zones with technical seminar theatres, namely Power Generation, Energy Storage, Grid Evolution, Energy Efficiency & Sustainability. The exhibition will feature key sectors and technologies for the energy transition, including electrical mobility, photovoltaic self-consumption, Near Zero consumption and Energy Positive buildings.
The Global Power & Energy Leaders’ Summit – a strategic, c-level conference – will deliver a thought-provoking programme to address the theme of the global energy transition, promoting collaboration among gas, power and energy CEOs and political influencers, as well as new business models linked to energy transition, including energy aggregators and cooperatives. In addition, the Utility CxO Summit will examine how digital technologies are transforming the utility sector, and empowering citizens as new energy producers.
Bundock continues: “Our mission is to gather the people, ideas, technologies and best practices so that policymakers and the energy industry can fulfil their goal of creating and delivering a reliable, low-cost and sustainable energy supply.”
Co-located with Gastech Exhibition and Conference in Barcelona, which for over 45 years has been at the forefront of the international gas & LNG market, GPEX aims to bring together the gas, power and energy prosumer communities, who form the central core of the energy transition.
Spain has historically played a key role in its commitment to renewable and low-carbon energy, and in doing so, establishing a varied and balanced energy mix. Investment in the energy sector has returned, and regional initiatives are in place to reduce carbon emissions dramatically.
GPEX is held in partnership with the Government of Catalonia, who view the energy transition as a key pillar to the economic prosperity of the region. Ms. Assumpta Farran, Director of Catalan Institute of Energy (ICAEN), and Chair of the GPEX Advisory Board, comments:
“We are excited to host next year’s GPEX18. It is an historic moment to facilitate switching to a new clean and distributed energy model, taking advantage of the confluence of the application of the internet of things and accelerated through other disruptive technologies, such as electrical vehicles, smart and improved electrical energy storage, blockchain, as well as by the dramatic fall of photovoltaic energy prices. The Agreement for the Energy Transition in Catalonia has already been approved by Catalan Government, to empower citizens to become not only consumers, but also producers. GPEX18 is a great opportunity for ‘Learning by Challenge’, to share experiences, projects and policies with international experts on how to drive and enhance this process.”