An update on Scotland's progress towards its goal of becoming a leading centre of low-carbon energy will be provided next month when Scottish Government ministers are joined by UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey and leading lights of the energy and investment industries at the third Scottish Low Carbon Investment Conference in Edinburgh.

As well as First Minister Alex Salmond, speakers at the event, on October 10-11, will include Lord Smith, chairman of the Green Investment Bank; Ron Heyselaar, head of project development for the Abu Dhabi government-backed Masdar Power; deputy director-general Kristian Moller of the Danish Energy Agency; and Scotland's Energy Minister Fergus Ewing.

Other participants include Lady Susan Rice of Lloyds Banking Group Scotland; Akio Fukui of Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe; and Tae Wook Sohn of Samsung's Wind Energy division.

Salmond said: "Scotland's vast natural, renewable resources and our innovation and expertise in green technologies mean we are well-placed to be at the centre of the international low-carbon economy for years to come".

Dr Lena Wilson, chief executive of Scottish Enterprise, said of the conference: "It brings together key players from around the globe to chart our achievements and creates a forum that has potential to break through some of the barriers to reaching our economic and environmental ambitions."

Scotland's low carbon market is expected to be worth £12 billion by the middle of this decade.