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Northern Ireland’s top ‘green’ organisations announced at 2016 Action Renewables
Local businesses and organisations who are paving the way for a ‘green’ future for Northern Ireland have received commendations from Action Renewables at the leading renewables industry awards, the annual Action Renewables Awards. Praised for their work in furthering the renewables industry locally and displaying outstanding renewables practice, winners from across Northern Ireland were announced at the best-attended awards luncheon yet for Action Renewables, with over 170 guests in attendance at Titanic Belfast.
Now in their eighth year, the prestigious Action Renewables Awards were sponsored by Vayu Energy for the second year running, with additional sponsor support from Tughans Solicitors, a long-time partner of the event, and the Department of Environment, who joined this year’s awards in a show of support for the local renewables industry.
Speaking on behalf of Action Renewables, Director Michael Doran said, “Renewables are no longer looked at as an option for local businesses and are quickly becoming a necessary part of forward-thinking business practices. Based on the growing interest in our annual awards, it is evident that more and more local organisations are harnessing the power of renewables, and we are delighted by the increasing popularity of our annual awards, which recognise those who are taking advantage of renewable technologies.”
Following the launch of their business into Northern Ireland, Mary Rossiter, Vayu Energy said, “It’s important to show our support for those who are embracing renewables on a local level, and we are proud to have partnered with Action Renewables for the second year to sponsor the annual awards luncheon. As a supplier of 100% green electricity, we encourage all local businesses to seek ways of cutting costs, reducing carbon emissions, and decreasing their reliance on imported fuel sources by ‘going green.’”
“Every year we are impressed by the level of entries to these awards, “added Maria O’Loan, Planning and Environment Partner, Tughans. “Tughans has been a sponsor of the Action Renewables Awards for a number of years and have witnessed the shift in entries to include more and more community groups and the third sector. Renewables are quickly becoming the go-to solution for responsibly fueling Northern Ireland.”
Reflecting on their sponsorship of the awards, Angus Kerr, Director of Planning Policy Division, Department of Environment, said “The Action Renewables Awards are a great way to reward and celebrate steps local organisations are taking to reduce their environmental impact. The level of entries this year has been outstanding, and would like to acknowledge all of the local organisations who are taking the future of our environment into their own hands by switching to renewables.”
Winners were chosen by an independent judging panel of industry experts and leaders in the renewables field across Northern Ireland including Carol Forster, Operations Manager, NIEL; Jim Kitchen, Director, Sustainable NI; Dr Robin Curry, Queen’s University Belfast’s School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering; and Andy McCrea, Renewable Energy Consultant and announced at a gala luncheon on Friday 31st March at Titanic Belfast.
The full list of winners at this year’s Action Renewables Awards includes:
Outstanding Award for Work in the Renewable Energy Sector in NI – Noel Rice, NI Housing Executive
Most Successful Renewable Electricity Installation – NI Housing Executive
Most Environmentally Sustainable Construction Project – Green Energy Store Ltd
Best Planning for a Sustainable Project – Choice Housing Ireland
Best Energy Saving Large Organisation – Queen’s University, South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust
Best Renewables Installation within the Education, Healthcare & Public Sector – Northern Ireland Assembly
Most Successful Renewable Heat Installation – Bryson Energy
Best Community Renewable Energy Project – Northern Ireland Community Energy Co-Operative
Best Energy Saving SME – Ballylagan Organic Farm