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Green award will celebrate natural capital gains

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The special environment of the Highlands and Islands is world renowned.
The special environment of the Highlands and Islands is world renowned.

The natural beauty and pristine environment of the Highlands and Islands are renowned the world over.

Both play a critical role in life here; from key economic sectors including energy, tourism, and food and drink, to creating a fantastic place to live and work in.

The Scottish Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Awards celebrates the importance of our special environment with the best natural capital project award.

The category recognises biodiversity projects or research programmes which enhance and protect the region’s natural capital.

The winner will have shown outstanding work to ensure the sustainable delivery of a project or research programme to enhance the natural capital of the Highlands and Islands. Judges will consider how the project has harnessed or protected the region’s natural capital, while recognising the social, environmental and economic impact.

Entries should show how your project or research has made a significant contribution to the enhancement of biodiversity.

Entrants should supply evidence from the last 24 months. Case studies and/or testimonials will assist the judges, along with other key information evidencing your contribution.

The best natural capital project is one of 10 awards in the annual event which celebrates the very best of the region’s green energy sector in a virtual event on Thursday, June 23. The awards showcase the achievements of the sector, while also recognising and rewarding the contribution that renewable energy makes to the Highlands and Islands economy and the businesses at the heart of it.

Renewable energy has a long history in the Highlands, and these awards shine a light on what is being achieved at present, and also what is possible in the future – recognising the excellence and evolution of the sector.

Entrants have until May 20 to put their names forward with the winners being announced at the online ceremony which is hosted by broadcaster and Highland News and Media (HNM) columnist Nicky Marr. The awards begin at 6.30pm.

To register an interest in entering the awards, attend the online event or find out about sponsorship opportunities, visit www.hnmedia.co.uk/ renewable-energy-day

The awards follow the Scottish Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Conference (SHREC), which brings together specialists from the worlds of business, politics and academia to look at the challenges and opportunities the drive towards a net zero future will mean for our region.

SHREC 2022 takes the theme: The Time is Now, inspired in part by Glasgow hosting the UN climate crisis conference COP26 towards the end of last year. Topics under discussion include a look back at the findings of COP26, how a just transition to a net zero economy can be achieved, and how well placed the Highlands and Islands are to deliver renewable energy solutions which can be exported to the rest of the world.

Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Day has once again been made possible by the partnership of Executive publisher HNM and leading law firm Harper Macleod LLP.

To find out more and to register to attend, visit Harper Macleod’s events page at https://events.harpermacleod.co.uk/events

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