Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has been awarded ‘Best Politician’ in the 2013 Scottish Green Energy Awards, defeating Ed Davey, his UK counterpart, to scoop the top prize.
This year is the 12th anniversary of the awards, which were established by Scottish Renewables to bring together industry leaders in order to honour, acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of individuals and organisations in the renewable energy industry in Scotland.
The award categories represent areas that are essential for the development and growth of the renewables industry, and to highlight the positive economic and environmental work and contribution that Scotland is making both nationally and internationally.
Ewing said:”It is an honour and a privilege to receive this award in recognition of the hard work and commitment that this government has towards the renewable energy sector in Scotland.
“But this is not an award for just myself but to be shared with my colleagues and Scottish Government Officials in acknowledgement of their hard work and determination to make this country of ours, just as it powered and invented the industrial revolution, is going to invest, design, engineer, fabricate, construct, maintain and install the great energy machines that are going to dominate this coming century.
“I know there are sceptics, and people say it can’t be done, but of course it can be done. Every single one of us should dedicate ourselves to the task that Scotland will lead the world in the new energy systems that will power this country in a way which is compatible with the future of this planet.”