Nominations open for UK’s biggest renewable energy awards

26/07/2023
The 2022 Green Energy Awards were held in Edinburgh last December

THE UK’s biggest celebration of renewable energy, The Scottish Green Energy Awards 2023, opens today (July 26) for nominations. 

This year’s event will return to Edinburgh on November 30 to celebrate the inspirational organisations, people and projects going above and beyond to help decarbonise Scotland’s energy system. 

The awards welcome submissions in 12 categories from all renewable energy technologies, including wind, hydro and solar to wave, tidal, low-carbon heat and more. 

Categories include the Best Engagement Award, the Contribution to Skills Award and new for 2023 are the Best Innovation Award – New Technology Products and the Best Innovation Award – Software and Services. 

Claire Mack, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, said:  

“Scotland’s renewable energy industry continues to go from strength to strength, and as well as playing a key role in the UK economy it is making a vital contribution in our efforts to tackle climate change. 

“The Scottish Green Energy Awards is an opportunity to come together and celebrate industry achievements and honour the inspirational organisations, people and projects making a real difference to the health, wealth and wellbeing of our country. 

“It is always such an honour to recognise the ground-breaking work being delivered in clean energy across Scotland and I’m always inspired by the talent, passion and innovation showcased by those driving real change.  

“I look forward to our industry coming together at the end of the year to celebrate the successes we’ve had over the past 12 months and to look ahead to 2024 as we continue on our net-zero journey.” 

The event, headline-sponsored by EDF Renewables, will take place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. 

Nominations are now being accepted in the following categories: 

  • Best Community Project Award (sponsored by ScottishPower Renewables) 
  • Best Engagement Award (sponsored by SmartestEnergy) 
  • Best Innovation Award – New Technology Products (sponsored by Red Rock Power Limited) 
  • Best Innovation Award – Software and Services 
  • Carbon Reduction Award (sponsored by Statkraft)
  • Champion of Renewables Award (sponsored by Fred.Olsen Renewables) 
  • Contribution to Skills Award (sponsored by SSE Renewables) 
  • Outstanding Contribution Award (sponsored by BlueFloat Energy | Renantis Partnership) 
  • Outstanding Project Award (sponsored by RWE) 
  • Outstanding Service Award 
  • Positive Improvement Award (sponsored by Natural Power) 
  • Sustainable Development Award (sponsored by Hitachi Energy) 

In addition, the shortlist for the Young and Inspiring Award, sponsored by WSP, consists of the eight winners of our April 2023 Young Professionals Green Energy Awards. 

They include Project Engineer Colin Thompson who used innovative route analysis software to deliver a solution in four months rather than the 12 months it would have traditionally taken; an Apprentice Wind Turbine Technician who took an unusual route into the industry from a six-year career as a hairdressing stylist, and Julie Le Négaret who played a key role in delivering an innovative energy storage concept demonstrator project in Leith. 

A Judges Award, sponsored by Ocean Winds, will also go to a nominee the judges feel deserves special commendation and will be announced on the night of the event. 

Matthieu Hue, CEO of EDF Renewables UK and Ireland, said:  

“The Scottish Green Energy Awards are a fantastic celebration of the renewable energy industry and the critical role it plays in helping Scotland achieve net-zero. 

“EDF Renewables is extremely proud to continue our sponsorship of these awards and to celebrate all that has been achieved over the past twelve months. 

“Year after year the quality of entries continues to impress, and I expect the 2023 Awards will be no different in that regard. At a time when renewable energy has never been more important to increasing energy security, The Scottish Green Energy Awards are a tremendous showcase of the depth of talent and innovation within the industry.” 

Nominations for The Scottish Green Energy Awards 2023 must be made before the deadline of 5pm on Monday, September 11 at https://www.scottishrenewables.com/events/195-sgea23/categories

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