Posted: 19 June, 2015. Written by REA News
• Michael Liebreich wins British Renewables Energy Judges Award 2015
• Minister of State Andrea Leadsom shares excitement for the future of the renewable energy industry
The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has announced the full list of industry award winners at the tenth annual British Renewable Energy Awards, held last night at The Savoy in central London.
As the flagship event for the UK renewables industry, the awards seek to recognise and celebrate the achievements of companies and individuals who have made a significant difference within the renewable energy industry.
Michael Liebreich was awarded the most prestigious accolade, the British Renewable Energy Judges Award 2015, an award specifically created by the judging panel to recognise outstanding contribution to renewables. Michael was recognised with the award as a result of his work in setting up Bloomberg’s New Energy Finance, a unique online information source providing serious market intelligence and analysis for the renewable energy sector. Set up at a time when the renewable energy industry was seen as outside the mainstream and was poorly understood by banks or investment funds, Michael helped to 'normalise' investment in renewable projects and technologies, and in doing so helped to unleash capital flows into the sector.
Other notable winners included Forever Fuels Ltd who won the British Renewable Energy Company 2015 award and Good Energy who won the British Renewable Energy Leadership 2015 award.
The REA received approximately 200 nominations across the 12 award categories. The judges debated and deliberated as they faced a very tough challenge in choosing winners from the impressive line-up of entries. The full judging panel was as follows:
• Dan Byles - Living PlanIT and SmarterUK
• Dr. Dörte Annemarie Fouquet - Director, European Renewables Energies Federation
• Julia Groves - Managing Director, Trillion Fund
• Julian Morgan Jones - Chairman, Wood Heat Association
• Dr Doug Parr - Chief Scientist & Policy Director at Greenpeace UK
• Michael Ware - Partner at BDO LLP
• Prof Paul Ekins - Professor of Energy and Environment Policy, UCL Energy Institute, Faculty of the Built Environment
• Virginia Graham - CEO, Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd
• Tom Heap - Writer and BBC Broadcaster
• James Murray - Business Green
• Dr Nina Skorupska - REA Chief Executive
Commenting on the awards evening, Minister of State Andrea Leadsom acknowledged the essential role that renewable energy plays in meeting the 2020 targets and shared her excitement in working with the REA’s members in the future to deliver a low-carbon, secure and diverse energy mix that has renewable energy at its heart. She said:
“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate everyone who has been nominated for an award. Winning an award is, of course, the ultimate accolade. But being shortlisted is a huge achievement and one that you should, quite rightly, be very proud of”.
Commenting on the awards, Chief Executive of the Renewable Energy Association, Dr Nina Skorupska said:
“It is an absolute delight to announce this year’s Renewable Energy Award winners. It is a real privilege to celebrate the successes in our industry and the many individuals and organisations who make such a valuable and vital contribution.
“As we look to the next 12 months it is clear that this is a crucial time for the sector, whether you work in renewable heat, transport, power or organics. The REA is working hard to fight for the renewable energy corner and I am hopeful and encouraged that we will continue to be part of a growing, vibrant and successful industry that is set up to achieve our 2020 targets, and more beyond”.
The full 2015 list of winners is as follows:
BRITISH RENEWABLE ENERGY CHAMPION 2015:
Paul Southall - National Trust
BRITISH RENEWABLE ENERGY COMMUNITY 2015:
Peterborough City Council
BRITISH RENEWABLE ENERGY COMPANY 2015:
Forever Fuels Ltd
BRITISH RENEWABLE ENERGY INNOVATION 2015:
Future Transport Systems
BRITISH RENEWABLE ENERGY INSTALLER 2015:
BRITISH RENEWABLE ENERGY LEADERSHIP 2015:
BRITISH RENEWABLE ENERGY PIONEER 2015:
Severn Trent Water
BRITISH RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECT 2015:
Solarsense UK Ltd for Croyde Eco House
BRITISH RENEWABLE ENERGY JUDGES AWARD 2015:
BRITISH RENEWABLE ENERGY SKILLS DEVELOPMENT 2015:
BRITISH RENEWABLE ENERGY FINANCIAL PRODUCT 2015:
BELECTRIC UK for Big60Million
BRITISH RENEWABLE ENERGY SUSTAINABILITY 2015:
GENeco (Wessex Water)
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Head of External Affairs, REA
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Notes to editors
The names of the people in the attached photo are as follows (left to right):
Dr Nina Skorupska – Chief Executive of the REA
Michael Liebreich- Founder Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Virginia Graham- Chief Executive Renewable Energy Consumer Code
Dan Byles- Former MP
Fred MacAulay- Host (Scottish Comedian)
About the Renewable Energy Association (REA)
The Renewable Energy Association represents renewable energy producers and promotes the use of all forms of renewable energy in the UK across power, heat, transport and renewable gas. It is the largest renewable energy trade association in the UK, with approximately 750 members, ranging from major multinationals to sole traders. For more information, visit: www.r-e-a.net
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