Northern Ireland’s top ‘green’ organisations announced at 2016 Action Renewables

Local businesses and organisations who are paving the way for a ‘green’ future for Northern Ireland have received commendations from Action Renewables at the leading renewables industry awards, the annual Action Renewables Awards.  Praised for their work in furthering the renewables industry locally and displaying outstanding renewables practice, winners from across Northern Ireland were announced at the best-attended awards luncheon yet for Action Renewables, with over 170 guests in attendance at Titanic Belfast.

Michael Doran, Managing Director, Action Renewables, shows off the prestigious Action Renweables Award, a solar-powered wind turbine given to outstanding orgnaisations and individuals who have made contributions to the renewables sector in Northern Ireland or demonstrated excellent examples of best practice in the industry. Held at Titanic Belfast on 31st March, this year’s annual awards, sponsored by Vayu Energy, Tughans Solicitors and the Department of Environment, were the largest to date and saw members of the renewables industry from across Northern Ireland come together to celebrate local achievements and innovation in the sector. Photographed are (L-R): Angus Kerr, Department of Environment; Maria O’Loan, Tughans; Michael Doran, Action Renewables; Mary Rossiter, Vayu.

(L-R): Angus Kerr, Department of Environment; Maria O’Loan, Tughans; Michael Doran, Action Renewables; Mary Rossiter, Vayu.


Now in their seventh year, the prestigious Action Renewables Awards were sponsored by Vayu Energy for the second year running, with additional sponsor support from Tughans Solicitors, a long-time partner of the event, and the Department of Environment, who joined this year’s awards in a show of support for the local renewables industry.

Speaking on behalf of Action Renewables, Director Michael Doran said, “Renewables are no longer looked at as an option for local businesses and are quickly becoming a necessary part of forward-thinking business practices.  Based on the growing interest in our annual awards, it is evident that more and more local organisations are harnessing the power of renewables, and we are delighted by the increasing popularity of our annual awards, which recognise those who are taking advantage of renewable technologies.”

Following the launch of their business into Northern Ireland, Mary Rossiter, Vayu Energy said, “It’s important to show our support for those who are embracing renewables on a local level, and we are proud to have partnered with Action Renewables for the second year to sponsor the annual awards luncheon.  As a supplier of 100% green electricity, we encourage all local businesses to seek ways of cutting costs, reducing carbon emissions, and decreasing their reliance on imported fuel sources by ‘going green.’”

“Every year we are impressed by the level of entries to these awards, “added Maria O’Loan, Planning and Environment Partner, Tughans.  “Tughans has been a sponsor of the Action Renewables Awards for a number of years and have witnessed the shift in entries to include more and more community groups and the third sector.  Renewables are quickly becoming the go-to solution for responsibly fueling Northern Ireland.”

Reflecting on their sponsorship of the awards, Angus Kerr, Director of Planning Policy Division, Department of Environment, said “The Action Renewables Awards are a great way to reward and celebrate steps local organisations are taking to reduce their environmental impact.  The level of entries this year has been outstanding, and would like to acknowledge all of the local organisations who are taking the future of our environment into their own hands by switching to renewables.”

Winners were chosen by an independent judging panel of industry experts and leaders in the renewables field across Northern Ireland including Carol Forster, Operations Manager, NIEL; Jim Kitchen, Director, Sustainable NI; and Andy McCrea, Renewable Energy Consultant and announced at a gala luncheon on Friday 31st March at Titanic Belfast.

The full list of winners at this year’s Action Renewables Awards includes:

Outstanding Award for Work in the Renewable Energy Sector in NI
Noel Rice, NI Housing Executive

Most Successful Renewable Electricity Installation
NI Housing Executive

Most Environmentally Sustainable Construction Project
Green Energy Store Ltd

Best Planning for a Sustainable Project
Choice Housing Ireland

Best Energy Saving Large Organisation
Queen’s University
South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust

Best Renewables Installation within the Education, Healthcare & Public Sector
Northern Ireland Assembly

Most Successful Renewable Heat Installation
Bryson Energy

Best Community Renewable Energy Project
Northern Ireland Community Energy Co-Operative

Best Energy Saving SME
Ballylagan Organic Farm

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Northern Ireland’s top ‘green’ organisations announced at 2016 Action Renewables

April 12, 2016

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