Renewable Energy Report
The aim of this survey was to discover how businesses view renewable energy in the region, as well as the potential role that this region can play in delivering the targets and objectives of both the UK and Scottish governments toward renewable energy. The report assesses current profitability and performance on key indicators, concerns about future growth factors such as funding, skills and policy, and an overall estimation of optimism for the industry's current and future growth.
Oil & Gas Survey
The 18th Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce Oil and Gas survey confirms the revival of North Sea operations, with activity, investment and confidence in the sector continuing to rise in the UKCS. Progressive changes to tax allowances coupled with increasing international demand contributed to all operators reporting rising total activity in 2012.
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NSBA Energy Award
The Energy Award, the fourth new award introduced for 2011, went to Titan Torque Services which has had an outstanding 12 months increasing turnover by 90% and doubling the size of its Aberdeen base.
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Policy & Lobbying
AGCC acts as the voice of business for around 1,200 members, lobbying on issues which impact on them. Policy is developed in conjunction with our policy council, an elected group of 27 members representing all sizes and sectors of our membership. Information gathered from the wider membership on an ongoing basis is also fed into policy formation.
International Trade & Export Documentation
Our international trade team provide advice on worldwide export documentation requirements and trade regulations. Members of AGCC also receive 50% discount on European certificate of origin costs.
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AGCC Renewable Energy Sector Survey
The report has identified and brought to the fore the scale, profile and state of the renewable energy industry in North-east Scotland, as well as providing an assessment of the issues, concerns and priorities of businesses operating within the sector. A significant number of companies expect to increase activity, investment and profitability within the next one to three years. In addition, these companies have indicated that they will require skills and knowledge that can be filled locally. Future investment in overall infrastructure is important, but a number of priority areas have been identified, notably, the need to continuously work toward improving the local transport network, sustained effort at creating new links into the city via air and land, and the need to engage local communities.
It is also evident that as the renewable energy sector continues to expand, the industry may soon experience skills shortages in key areas of the workforce. Relevant skilled and experienced personnel will also be in demand from the oil and gas sector. This is anticipated to create staff shortages in the renewable energy sector at a time when the industry needs its full resource base to grow.
Finally, it is important to draw attention to the limitations of this study. Given that only 29% of business contacted responded to this research, and only 61% of responses were fully utilised, the findings herein may be limited in generalisation and should therefore be interpreted with a level of caution. Nevertheless, the message is clear. Renewable energy is the future; and building upon its oil and gas heritage, those who responded feel that Aberdeen City and Shire is well placed to deliver this future, for the local population, for Scotland , the UK and indeed the rest of Europe.
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