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British Renewable Energy Awards 2014 to take place at ‘Green Hotel of the Year’

Posted: 18 February, 2014. Written by Ciaran

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This year’s British Renewable Energy Awards Gala Dinner [1] will take place at The Savoy Hotel on London’s Strand, which won five awards in 2013 for its commitment to reducing its environmental impact [2]. The Savoy estimates it has reduced energy consumption by 30% and greenhouse gas emissions by 3,000 tonnes per year. The Hotel has also managed to achieve its target of zero waste to landfill, partly through the recycling of food waste into biogas and used cooking oil into biodiesel.

Steve Hardman, Commercial Director of last year's Award sponsors Infinis, presents the 2013 Community Award to Repowering London Founding Director Agamemnon Otero

On the evening of Thursday 12th June, guests will enjoy drinks in the River Room overlooking the Thames followed by a four course dinner in the famous Lancaster Ballroom. More importantly, guests will celebrate the best of the best in UK renewables and share stories of how green power, heating and fuels are bringing jobs, growth and sustainability to the UK economy.

Nominations are open now for the 2014 Awards [3]. This is a chance for renewable energy businesses to celebrate their successes and those of their colleagues and customers. Now in their ninth year, the Awards include two brand new categories this year, as well as 10 firm favourites. It only takes two minutes to nominate your company, colleagues or customers. To get started, visit:

REA Chief Executive Dr Nina Skorupska said:

“I’m very excited about attending my first Awards evening as REA Chief Executive. My colleagues and our members tell me these Awards are the highlight of the year. I’m delighted we’re working with such a stunning and sustainable venue, but what I’m really excited about is celebrating our members’ excellent work. I can’t wait to read all the entries!”

The full list of Award categories is as follows:

Champion - any individual who deserves recognition in the sector

Community - for a community group which has been active in developing a renewable energy project or programme of installation in their area during 2013

Company - for the company that's done the most in the past year to advance UK renewables

Financial Product NEW! - for a financial product that has accelerated the deployment of renewables in the UK during the past year

Innovation - for any innovative renewable energy conversion device, invention or application which has achieved a major milestone or reached the market since January 2013

Installer - for a company which has excelled in the installation of renewable energy equipment

Leadership - for a company or organisation that is mainstreaming renewable energy through the scale of its investment and its commitment to secure its energy needs from renewables

Pioneer - for a company or organisation in a sector not previously associated with renewables that has now become involved and created a pathway that others can follow

Project - for a company that has developed an outstanding building-integrated, on-site or noteworthy stand-alone project

Skills Development - for any company or organisation which has excelled in improving the skills base in industry

Sustainability NEW! - from organics recycling, to projects achieving zero waste, to companies rethinking waste or those offering an innovative, sustainable product or service

And finally, the Judges’ Award - for lifetime achievement or any other outstanding contribution to renewables not covered by the above categories

The closing date for nominations is 7th March.

The 2013 REA Community Award went to Repowering London for its Brixton Solar Energy projects, which recycle a percentage of the revenues in initiatives that help tackle fuel poverty within the community. Repowering London’s Founding Director Agamemnon Otero, who collected the Award at last year's Gala Dinner, said:

“It is a huge accolade to win a Renewable Energy Awards. On top of which the ceremony and party is the place to hear truly inspiring stories from the movers and shakers of the industry.”

Agamemnon Otero C.E.O. Repowering

Repowering Winner 2013 Renewable Energy Award Category for Community

The REA will confirm further details, including the line-up of judges and speakers, nearer the time. For more information about nominations, table bookings and sponsorship opportunities, visit: