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Scottish Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Awards sponsor Fred.Olsen looks forward to hearing public collaboration success stories

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Collaboration between the public and private sectors has long been recognised as key to achieving Scotland and the UK’s ambitious net zero carbon reduction targets.

The importance of collaboration is also recognised by the third Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Awards, which take place online on Thursday, June 23, with a category for the best public sector collaboration.

To be considered for the award, projects must demonstrate how collaboration between the public sector, commercial sector and/or third sector enabled the completion of a project which has renewables and energy efficiency at its core.

They should also highlight what each party brought to the project to ensure a positive outcome.

To be eligible, projects must have been carried out or reached financial close within the last 24 months.

This award – one of 10 which will be announced on the awards evening – is being supported by Fred.Oslen Renewables, which owns the Paul’s Hill and Rothes I and Rothes II wind farm sites in Moray, along with others elsewhere in Scotland as well as in Sweden and Norway.

Its UK development director, Finley Becks-Phelps, is looking forward to seeing the entries for the category.

He commented:“We are really excited to be continuing our support for the 2022 Scottish Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Awards. These awards are a celebration and demonstration of the innovation that is taking place in the Highlands in relation to renewables.

“Fred. Olsen Renewables places collaboration with communities, stakeholders and suppliers at the heart of all activities. By supporting the best public sector collaboration award this allows us to celebrate and showcase how collaboration across the board can deliver substantial economic and social opportunities for the region.”

To register interest in this or any other of the awards open categories, visit www.hnmedia.co.uk/renewable-energy-day for further information.

The closing date for entries will be Friday, May 20.

To discuss sponsorship for any of the other remaining award categories, contact Lynn Gardener at lynn.gardener@hnmedia.co.uk

The Scottish Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Awards, which start at 6.30pm, are just one element of Renewable Energy Day 2022.

They will be preceded by the 12th Scottish Highlands Renewable Energy Conference (SHREC). Both events are presented by leading Scottish law firm Harper Macleod and publisher and multimedia organisation Highland News & Media, which publishes 18 newspaper titles across Highland, Moray and Aberdeenshire.

This year’s conference will have a special focus on post COP 26 findings, just transition and levelling up.

Collaboration and skills will also be one of the key themes of the event, along with infrastructure, sustainability and wellbeing, with experts from industry, including senior members of Harper Macleod’s own team, among the speakers.

Following the success of last year’s event in securing a widespread audience, SHREC 2022 will also be held as a virtual event.

For information on how to attend and updates about the agenda, visit events.harpermacleod.co.uk

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