At the 2021 Scottish Green Energy Awards in Edinburgh, the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) won the Champion of Renewables award.
The Scottish Green Energy Awards honor individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to Scotland’s renewable energy industry. Individuals, teams, and organizations that play a key role in displaying how much the renewables business has to offer and telling the narrative in new and innovative ways are recognized with the Champion of Renewables award.
“Thank you to Scottish Renewables and Crown Estate Scotland for awarding the Champion of Renewables Award on EMEC,” Matthew Finn, EMEC’s Commercial Manager, said as he accepted the award. “During a period when the rest of the world has slowed down, EMEC has accelerated, as has the need to tackle climate change. We’ve had an extraordinarily busy year with demonstrations at all of our locations, as well as working on projects in the UK, Europe, and the United States.
Our lobbying efforts, in collaboration with the UK marine energy sector, have paid off, with the UK government recently announcing income support for tidal energy. With visits from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to our Prime Minister and what felt like half the world’s TV teams in the run-up to COP26, we’ve had worldwide interest in what we’re doing in Orkney. People wanting to come see and exhibit what we’re doing is a terrific testimonial to what we’ve accomplished, but we’re only getting started, and much more dedicated effort is required to get to net zero. We’ve felt that EMEC and our partners’ pioneering work is on the outside at times, but we’ve persisted. Our work in ocean energy, hydrogen, and energy systems has come to the fore in the last year, and EMEC and Orkney are well positioned to lead from the front in the push to net zero, and we’ll keep working to achieve this until our job is done.”
Morag Watson, Director of Scottish Renewables, adding that as we strive toward net-zero by 2045, the next decade will require everyone and all we have, and the talent, hard work, and dedication of those honored tonight proves we have what it takes.
“The Scottish Green Energy Awards are an outstanding celebration of the inspiring organizations, individuals, and projects who are going above and beyond to make a meaningful impact to Scotland’s health, wealth, and wellbeing,” Ms Watson said. “I extend my heartfelt congratulations to everyone of this year’s nominations, as well as the winners.”