Community Energy Scotland is a finalist in this year’s Association for Project Management (APM) Awards, due to take place in London in November.
Project management is seen as an increasingly important discipline, and an essential element in the professional chain which puts ideas into action. Project management practitioners and projects will be competing for the Awards trophies on 3rd November in the London Hilton Hotel.
“It is great news that the Community Energy Development Programme, Malawi (CEDP) has reached the finals. It is important that community energy in Malawi attracts interest and profile in the UK.
“The Scottish Government has built on our historical links with Malawi and supported this international development work. Thanks to the work of the CEDP Malawi now has its own Community Energy organisation, and also numerous solar photovoltaic and energy efficient cook stoves which are positively impacting on thousands of peoples lives.
“I feel that the CEDP project deserves this award because of the way it has been delivered, Scots and Malawians have worked together under challenging circumstances to achieve considerable benefits which both countries can celebrate. The Community Energy Development Programme is part of MREAP – the Malawi Renewable Energy Acceleration Programme.”
The Community Energy Development Programme (Malawi) from Community Energy Scotland is one of four finalists in the Social Project of the Year category. The Award is sponsored by Project – the magazine of the Association for Project Management.
Other contenders are BT, for their Superfast Cornwall broadband project and CCG(Scotland) Ltd’s Anderston Phase 3 construction project in Glasgow. CCG has built quality social housing in Lockerbie too, and upgraded the Kelvingrove Bandstand for the Commonwealth Games.
The fourth finalist is the Royal National Lifeboat Institution for ‘Made for Life’. Earlier this year RNLI launched it’s Made for Life range of ‘man bags’ fashioned from reused lifejackets from operational lifeboats.
“Community Energy Scotland’s Associate member and MREAP delivery partner Sgurr Energy is also competing in the Overseas Project of the Year for their work in Mongolia – so we wish them luck in their category.”
Also handed out on the night will be the prestigious Sir Monty Finniston Award, recognising those who have contributed significantly to the profession. Sir Monty was the APM’s first president, and did much to advance the status of engineering for men and women, technical education and project management in Scotland in the 1980’s.
Photographed is Georgy Davis, International Manager with Community Energy Scotland