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Shortlist announced for 2020 Young Professionals Green Energy Awards


By John Davidson

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Guests at last year's Young Professionals Green Energy Awards at Glasgow's Grand Central Hotel – this year, winners will be announced via social media.
Guests at last year's Young Professionals Green Energy Awards at Glasgow's Grand Central Hotel – this year, winners will be announced via social media.

Pioneering workers in the renewable energy industry will be recognised in a week-long celebration of their contribution to the sector.

Trade body Scottish Renewables announced the shortlist for this year's Young Professionals Green Energy Awards, with almost 30 finalists who the organisation says "have shown their enthusiasm to drive change within the sector by undertaking key research to help shape the future, supporting renewable energy development in communities and improving the efficiency of project processes".

The awards, which would normally be presented in front of around 250 guests at a black-tie event in Glasgow, were launched in 2015 to showcase the range of talent in the industry.

Due to coronavirus, this year’s awards will be presented online through social media during the first ever Young Professionals in Green Energy Awards Week from June 15 to 19.

The list of finalists includes Andrew McGregor, transmission infrastructure project engineer at Moray East Offshore Windfarm, who has played a key role in developing and improving offshore project processes to save time and construction costs while ensuring high standards for working practices and safety are maintained.

Molly Harris, HR officer at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, is also shortlisted for her role in raising awareness of the importance of mental health in the workplace and ensuring staff wellbeing is always a central focus and part of the organisation’s culture.

Another EMEC employee, James Ferguson, makes the shortlist for his research on the potential of a green hydrogen economy in Orkney. His findings will enable industry to gain a detailed understanding of what drives the economics of this new fuel.

In total, 27 young professionals have been shortlisted in eight categories: academic award; analyst award; apprentice award; culture change award; engineer award; innovator award; professional service award; and project development award.

Claire Mack of Scottish Renewables praised the innovation within the sector's young workforce.
Claire Mack of Scottish Renewables praised the innovation within the sector's young workforce.

Claire Mack, chief executive of Scottish Renewables, said: “It’s hugely inspiring to see the standard of nominations submitted for the awards. The skill and innovation which exists among the young professionals working within our sector is once again showcased with these nominees.

“Recognising those who are pioneering new ideas and have the drive and ambition to shape the future of the renewable energy industry is incredibly important to Scottish Renewables, and I am thrilled that we have been able to take the event online.

“Those shortlisted should be extremely proud of their achievements, and we hope that being a finalist in the Young Professionals Green Energy Awards will encourage them to grow further and develop their careers in the sector.”

The full shortlist can be found at www.scottishrenewables.com/ypgea20-awards


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