Approximately 15% of the world’s primary energy is currently sourced from renewable technologies, such as sunlight, wind, water, and geothermal heat — with almost one third of our electricity coming from renewables.

While great progress is being made to bring energy-related CO2 emissions to net zero by 2050, much more needs to be done — as those working in the sector know well.

To celebrate and inspire the hardworking businesses and individuals at the heart of the renewables and clean tech industries, REA, the Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology, last week hosted their fifth ‘REsolution24’ Reception event at the House of Commons. 

Dr Alan Whitehead
Host for the event: Dr Alan Whitehead currently holds the role of Shadow Minister, Climate Change and Energy Security.

The event, which was hosted by Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy Security, Dr Alan Whitehead MP, saw a room full of REA members coming together to reflect on their collective goals for driving the renewable energy sector forward.

Addressing the room, Dr Alan Whitehead stressed the importance of more investment and a faster transition into a low carbon future. While Amanda Solloway MP, Minister of Affordability and Skills, highlighted the need to inspire the next generation to come into the renewable energy industry.

Amanda Solloway MP is responsible for energy affordability, energy bill support schemes, skills, jobs and education and science and innovation.

Also marking the event, was the announcement of the British Renewable Energy Awards 2024 (the BREAs), the 19th edition of the annual awards that were set up in 2006 to honour the organisations and individuals driving change and pushing for renewable UK energy security. 

Nominations are now open for the BREAs

To celebrate those teams and businesses helping the UK advance towards its goal to be net zero by 2050, awards will be presented for the following categories:

Accelerating to Net Zero* – recognition of any policy, organisation, politician or inventor that has driven forward “measurable” change faster than expected.

Communications – for the organisation that has done most to enhance awareness or championed positive change for renewables or clean technology with key opinion formers, parliament, government or the public in the past two years.

Community – for a community group which has been active in delivering a renewable energy project or programme of installations in their area during 2022 – 2023.

Company – for a company that’s done the most in the past two years (2022 – 2023) to advance UK renewables and clean technology.

Customer Service Recognition – for an energy supplier (including those supplying via a PPA) delivering customer service excellence or innovation whilst supporting the UK’s energy transition to Net Zero.

Financial Leadership – for a financial product that has accelerated the deployment of renewables in the UK during the past two years (2022 – 2023).

Innovation – for any innovative renewable energy or clean technology device, invention or application which has achieved a major milestone or reached the market since January 2022.

Installer – for a company which has excelled in the installation of small-scale energy generation systems or electric vehicle chargepoints in homes; offering a high quality experience for consumers wishing to buy or lease equipment.

Low Carbon Transport – recognising quality, commitment and innovation in supporting low carbon vehicle deployment for cars, vans, buses, road freight or on farm vehicles, powered by clean electricity or sustainable biofuels – and alternative vehicle fuels. Two categories this year – please indicate;

Pioneer – for a company or organisation in a sector not normally associated with renewables, that has now become involved and demonstrated a pathway that others can follow.

Preserving Natural Capital – a project or delivered scheme that protects or enhances the biodiversity of land whilst delivering renewable energy and/or greenhouse gas reductions in the past two years (2022 – 2023).

Project – for a company that has developed an outstanding project in either renewable energy, energy storage or low carbon transport infrastructure in the past two years (2022 – 2023).

Smart Energy System or Market/Data Management Solution – for a system/market mechanism or data solution that supports the roll-out, or take-up, of renewable energy and clean technologies whilst enhancing value and usefulness to consumers and Net Zero ambitions.

Sustainability – for an organisation delivering sustainable solutions – from organics recycling to projects achieving zero waste, to companies rethinking waste or those offering an innovative, circular economy product or service.

New RE Professional – for an individual within the first 5 years of their career in renewable energy, including those who’ve had a career change, who has already achieved success/impact and who has shown potential as a future leader in the industry.

Applications are now open for nominations, and the award nominations will close for entries on Friday, 15th March 2024. REA will announce the shortlisted finalists on Wednesday, 3rd April 2024.

Winners will be announced at a gala dinner on the 13th June, at the Sheraton Grand, London.

Power Shift: The Renewable Energy Revolution 

ITN Business’ upcoming programme will showcase businesses and organisations that are working at the heart of renewables, driving positive action towards our net zero goals. 

 

Exploring how technology is making a difference in the sector, the programme will provide insight into how improvements in energy storage are creating new opportunities; and demonstrate how creating efficient operational structures — and providing the right skills and training to individuals — will enable the infrastructure in place to be maximised.

Head to our programme page to learn more.