Rising stars in Scotland’s renewable energy industry will be recognised for the first time at Scottish Renewables’ sell-out Green Energy
Nominations for the prestigious prizes are now open, with new categories for 2014 also recognising the best in renewable energy photography, Engineering Excellence, and export success.
The coveted awards, sponsored by EDF Energy are presented at sell-out 1,120-strong dinner in Edinburgh, and showcase the best in renewable energy talent, projects and innovation.
This year’s new Rising Star award will go to the student, graduate or recent recruit who has made the most outstanding impact in the renewables industry to date.
Nominees in 13 categories – including Best Innovation and Champion of Renewables – will vie to follow in the footsteps of last year’s impressive group of winners, including Diageo Scotland and Clearfleau, SSE, Fife Council and the Energy Skills Partnership.
Niall Stuart, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, said: “The Green Energy Awards are well-established as the premier prizes for the renewables industry in Scotland, and highly regarded by the profession.
“They are designed to recognise excellence, achievement and innovation right across the industry – from community renewables to large developers, and from architects and engineers to writers and photographers.”
There are only four weeks in which to submit a nomination for one of the 13 awards, which will be handed out at the EICC in Edinburgh on November 27.
A worthy new recipient of the highly-prized Outstanding Contribution Award, last year handed to Neil Kermode of Orkney’s pioneering European Marine Energy Centre, will also be announced on the night.
Mr Stuart, who is also Chair of the Scottish Green Energy Awards judging panel, added: “Winners of the Green Energy Awards are the pioneers and innovators making a real difference to our environment, economy and society – and how better to recognise them than in front of their peers at one of the largest business awards ceremonies of the year in Scotland?”
The closing date for entries is September 5, and shortlisted candidates will be announced at a special networking reception to be held at Glasgow Science Centre on October 2.
Nominations for the awards is via a simple online form, which can be found at www.scottishrenewables.com/nominations/green-energy-awards-nominations.
The full list of categories is:
- Best Photography, sponsored by ScottishPower Renewables. For the outstanding image (professional or non-professional) of any renewable energy technology in any phase of development.
- Best Supplier, sponsored by All-Energy. For outstanding service and/or delivery in any area of supply to the renewables sector.
- Renewing Scotland Award, sponsored by SmartestEnergy. For outstanding deployment of renewable energy by or in a non-energy business, charity or public body to cut costs or carbon, or both.
- Engineering Excellence Award, sponsored by Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult. For the outstanding design or solution by a company or individual.
- Business Growth Award, sponsored by AREG. For outstanding business growth over the last two years.
- Champion of Renewables, sponsored by RenewableUK. For the individual who has most effectively promoted the benefits of renewables.
- Rising Star, for the student, graduate or recent recruit who has made the most outstanding impact in the industry.
- Best Community Project, sponsored by SSE Renewables. For an outstanding community project or engagement with a community by a commercial development.
- Contribution to Skills Award, sponsored by Senvion. For an outstanding contribution to workforce development.
- Sustainable Development Award, sponsored by Vattenfall. For outstanding work to ensure sustainable delivery of a project or programme, significantly above and beyond the minimum levels required.
- Export Award, for outstanding achievement in growing sales in overseas markets.
- Best Innovation, sponsored by Repsol. For outstanding development or implementation of innovative products or processes to support the development of renewable energy in Scotland.
- Outstanding Contribution Award, sponsored by Highlands and Islands Enterprise. For the person who has made the most outstanding contribution to the development of Scotland’s renewable energy industry.
There is also a Judges’ Award, sponsored by Aggreko, where entries are not invited and the judges will select a winner.
For more information, and to nominate, see www.scottishrenewables.com/events/scottish-green-energy-awards-2014.