Action Renewables has announced eleven local organisations which are leading the way in embracing the importance of renewable energy and sustainability and actively engaging in renewable technologies within the fast developing ‘green’ industry in Northern Ireland. These organisations have been shortlisted for the third annual Action Renewables Association Awards sponsored by Tughans.
A record number of entries are competing for six extremely competitive awards this year. The organisations which have been short listed include: Coca-Cola HBC NI, Greiner Packaging, Oaklee Housing Association, Tyrone Timbers, Castle Ward Base Camp – National Trust, Larne Borough Council – Solar Bins, Kingspan Varisol, Rural Generation, Loreto Grammar School and Omagh County Primary School.
The categories are: Best Carbon Saving Project sponsored by firmus energy; Best Energy Saving SME sponsored by ESB IE; Most Innovative Construction Project sponsored by Gilbert Ash; Most innovative Renewables Installation sponsored by Dimplex Renewables; Outstanding award for work in the renewable energy sector in NI sponsored by Tughans; and Renewable Energy Awareness Award (Best School) sponsored by RES.
With growing concerns over the Northern Ireland economy, it is likely that environmental issues will take less of a priority on the business agenda, due to the financial demands being placed on local organisations. However with rising energy costs, security of supply issues and environmental legislation to consider, renewable energy generation must grow significantly in order to help local organisations reduce cost, gain a competitive edge and meet government targets.
The winners will be announced at the Action Renewables Association Awards luncheon on Monday 28th February 2011 in the Ulster Museum.