Scottish Green Energy Awards Celebrates Past Present and Future
02 December 2016
The ECCI team descended on a glitzy Scottish Green Energy Awards ceremony last night in the hope of converting one of ECCI’s three nominations into a prize.
The Awards highlight the most innovative, forward-thinking and sustainable projects, organisations and individuals in the renewable and low carbon industry in Scotland.
Hosted by Scottish Renewables, the ceremony was attended by over 1000 guests and this year marked the organisation's 20th anniversary.
ECCI was nominated for three awards - Champion of Renewables, Best Professional Services and Best Innovation – but missed out on bagging the top prize. Judges handed the Champion of Renewables Award to the Science Centre exhibit for tackling “one of the great opportunities and challenges that the renewables industry faces”.
ECCI collaborators and partners 2050 Climate Group were nominated for the Contribution to Skills Award but were beaten to the big prize by Scottish Fishermen’s Federation and Skills Development Scotland. The 2050 Climate Group aims to lead a social movement by engaging, educating and empowering Scotland’s Future Leaders to take action on climate change.
Calum Davidson received the Outstanding Contribution Award. His son Magnus Davidson, a founding 2050 member, accepted the award on his behalf.
Keith Brown MSP, Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, addressed the audience ahead of the award ceremony. Commenting afterwards, he said: “Scotland is already a world leader in renewable energy, with more than 55% of gross electricity consumption coming from renewable sources.
“It is essential that we continue this progress and I would like to congratulate the Green Energy Award winners for the ingenuity and determination they have shown in developing new products and approaches.
“Innovation of the kind showcased tonight is integral to our ambitions to decarbonise our energy system and as we prepare to publish our draft Energy Strategy – which will articulate our long term vision for energy in Scotland to 2050 – it is heartening to see such a strong field of winners.”