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CABLEtalk Goes Green Ahead of COP26 in Glasgow

Posted: 17th February 2020

Ahead of this year’s UN climate change summit in Glasgow, SELECT is issuing a green energy edition of its trade magazine which explores how renewables are re-shaping the future of the electrical industry.

The theme of the upcoming CABLEtalk, which has just arrived with members, is “The Future is Electric”. With 28 pages of in-depth reports, the magazine has switched to a one-off green cover as it focuses on the continuing impact of electric vehicles (EVs), hydro, solar and wind power on Scotland’s electrotechnical industry.

Instead of the traditional polythene bag, the magazine comes in an envelope made from recyclable material.

“For this special edition, we wanted CABLEtalk to instantly represent renewables and green innovation,” said Iain Mason, director of membership and communications at SELECT. “Switching to recycled packaging also demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the environment.”

Content has been shaped by the continuing rise of renewable technology and the importance of electricity in the world of tomorrow. It features in-depth articles on, among other things: EVs; pump hydro storage; wind and solar power; battery storage; smart homes; and lighting of the future.

There is input from a number of experts and organisations such as the Energy Saving Trust, Resource Efficient Scotland and the Energy Skills Partnership. It also includes interviews with members of SELECT on how they are adapting to a future that will rely heavily on renewables.

Alan Wilson, managing director of SELECT, said the forthcoming launch of the Energy Efficient Scotland Programme – in addition to the COP26 summit in Glasgow in November – is bringing these issues into focus across the industry.

“There has been growing demand from our members to know more about tomorrow’s technology and how it could impact them going forward,” Alan said.

“This demand has seen SELECT offering an increasing number of renewable training courses, with EV charging installation proving extremely popular.”

CABLEtalk is the only magazine serving the electrotechnical industry in Scotland. Published every two months, it provides regular updates and insights for SELECT members and promotes SELECT’s work to the wider industry.

SELECT is the trade body for the electrical profession in Scotland. Its 1,250 member businesses employ approximately 15,000 people, and account for about 90% of all electrical installation work carried out in Scotland.

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