Octopus co-founder Greg Jackson and Chris Skidmore MP, Conservative reviewer of the Johnson administration’s low carbon plans, pictured, have received awards from trade body the Association for Renewable Energy & Clean Tehcnology.

At the 2023 British Renewable Energy awards in London on Friday, the REA unusually honoured two recipients, Jackson and Skidmore, for its Judges Award.

The Conservative former environment minister was cited for his work on his Net Zero Review, commissioned by disgraced former premier Johnson.

Octopus’ founder Jackson was cited for the firm’s work in protecting its customers during two years of Britain’s accelerating cost of energy crisis.

For the second year, the REA’s Future Game Changers Award recognised young and innovative research into the sector

Five PhD students presented their research, with around 250 attendees at the Marriott Grosvenor House hotel voting for a winner.

Priyanka Kumar of Imperial College London, won the award for her research into developing a circular economy through utilising waste produced during the brewing of beer. Thanks to award sponsors Glennmont Partners, she will receive £2000 towards further development of her research.

REA chief executive Dr Nina Skorupska CBE commented:

“Despite the industry facing a challenging year, theses awards have shown those who are resilient in the drive towards Net Zero. With the brilliant work showcased, we are truly inspired and energised to keep pushing forward towards a low carbon future.

“We have so much to be proud of as an industry and we congratulate our winners and finalists.”


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