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Award categories announced for the Lincolnshire Energy Awards

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: February 26, 2014

Award categories announced for the Lincolnshire Energy Awards
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The Lincolnshire Energy Awards seek to recognise the achievements of companies and organisations throughout the county who are positively seeking through their activities or products to either have an impact on energy efficiency and consumption, reduce the volume of emissions into the environment, embrace renewable energy technology, or save on valuable resources through recycling or refurbishment activities.

The awards will celebrate the advancements in green technology as well as excellence and innovation in sustainable business practices and will highlight and showcase the contribution and value to society made every day by those working in this sector.

Entries will be judged by an independent panel of energy professionals from across the county. The judges will be seeking evidence of real savings and results based on an identifiable and genuine organisational culture that is dedicated to making a difference.


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ENERGY CHAMPION – Sponsored by Andrew & Co

This award will go to a business or organisation that has developed an innovative product, system or service which has the potential to reduce the emission of pollutants into the environment, reduce energy consumption, utilise renewable resources, recycle/refurbish plant or materials.

The panel of judges will be keen to see evidence of in-house research and development that has identified and achieved a significant advancement or development which possibly has prospects for wider application as well as being commercially viable. A clear differentiation of the benefits over existing products, systems or services alongside creative thinking will be considered important.


CONSTRUCTION PROJECT OF THE YEAR

This award is open to all construction related businesses that have achieved or contributed significantly to the practical completion of a project that has embraced the effect of its creation and use on the immediate and local surroundings as well as its impact on the consumption of energy. The category seeks to attract entrants from across the local construction industry, from the project designers to the construction companies responsible for building the project.

The judges will be interested to hear how the project exemplified best practise in sustainability or low carbon construction. Evidence of consideration of environmental impact during construction and commitment to sustainability throughout the project lifecycle in relation to energy consumption will be an important consideration.


RENEWABLE ENERGY INSTALLER Sponsored by Western Power Distribution

This award recognises the recent significant growth in Lincolnshire of businesses involved in the installation of onsite renewable energy equipment which includes solar panels, wind turbines, biomass boilers, anaerobic digesters, ground source heat pumps and other equipment.

Given that there are significant new businesses operating in this category, the judges will not just be looking at the number of installations carried out by a business but will seeking to identify an installer that is able to differentiate its services from that of others. Demonstrable excellence in delivery, installation and after care maintenance will be considered key attributes.


AGRICULTURAL RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECT – Sponsored by Duncan and Toplis

Recognising that Lincolnshire has a thriving farming community which in recent years has come under pressure to diversify, this award is for a farm or agricultural based project that has invested in renewable energy technology such as wind turbines, solar, biomass, ground source heat pumps anaerobic digestion or other renewable energy technology which it now incorporates into its everyday activities.

The judges will be looking for evidence of the impact and proven benefits of the project and will be particularly impressed where the energy generated is being used for farming and/or agricultural activities.

SKILLS AND TRAINING PROVIDER OF THE YEAR

This award will go to the training or learning institution, company or organisation that can show it has made a significant contribution to the development of today's or tomorrow's workforce within the energy sector.

Judges will be seeking clear evidence of commitment to provide training and/or skills that can pave the way for individuals to enter work within the energy sector. The winner will need to be able to demonstrate that its activities have made a real contribution to businesses operating in the sector as well as showing evidence of client endorsement. New or substantially novel ways of delivering training and skills as well as providing integrated learning 'on the job' will be noted.


EXPORTER OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Eminox

This award recognises the efforts of Lincolnshire companies operating in the energy sector who have helped to put Lincolnshire on the export map. It seeks to highlight that through the exporting of goods or services from our county, the huge contribution that is made to both regional and UK economies.

Although the judges will be seeking evidence of international sales performance, they will also be looking at the types of products and services being exported with a view to their impact on the consumption of energy and the environment. Evidence of where barriers to export have been overcome will be highly regarded.

Closing date for all entries, Friday 30th May 2014

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