Irish renewable energy company, Simply Blue Group, was named Sustainable Business of the Year Award at the annual Causeway Awards which took place at an event in the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh last night. The annual Causeway Awards are a prestigious celebration of the thriving business relationships and connections between Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland and present a unique opportunity to showcase business success stories from both sides of the Irish Sea.
The Causeway Sustainable Business Award recognises a business or organisation that has put the climate emergency and sustainable strategies at the core of their business and has also demonstrated a commitment to operating in a low carbon economy, running green programmes, or has launched a sustainable product or initiative.
Simply Blue Group won the award for their pioneering blue economy projects in floating offshore wind, wave energy and low impact aquaculture, all of which are developed in harmony with the oceans. Simply Blue Group is committed to creating new economic opportunities for coastal communities, and to developing projects that can coexist with sustainable fisheries and marine conservation.
Headquarter in Cork, the company also has offices in Pembroke in Wales, Newquay, in England, Edinburgh in Scotland, and Oregon in the US. The Group’s current projects are in the seas off the Irish and British coasts and include:
· Emerald Floating Wind – an example of energy transition near the Kinsale gas field off the Irish coast with the construction of a wind farm with a potential total capacity of up to 1.3GW
· Blue Gem Wind – working with Total in a joint venture to develop floating wind sites, beginning with Erebus, in Welsh waters near Pembroke.
· Loch Long Salmon – bringing a new type of sustainable salmon farming to Scotland using semi-closed salmon farming systems.
· Salamander – located in the North Sea off Peterhead on the east coast of Scotland, it will harness the offshore wind potential of the North Sea to help create a clean, sustainable future for everyone.
· Western Star – an offshore wind energy project off the coast of Co. Clare, Ireland, which will harness the tremendous wind potential of the Atlantic Ocean to help create a clean, sustainable future for everyone.
· Saoirse – possibly the largest wave farm in Europe designed to capture the power of the Atlantic Ocean and explore the capability of wave to provide grid balancing benefits.
Speaking about the award, Hugh Kelly, Co-Founder and Director of Simply Blue Group, said “We are delighted to be recognised for excellence in Sustainability at this prestigious awards event. We are proud to be part of a global movement focussed on the development of marine resources to reduce carbon, ensure energy security, and produce sustainable sources of protein, whilst promoting marine conservation and coexisting with other users of the sea.
We are dedicated to working with the oceans to develop blue growth strategies and fight climate change, creating a more sustainable future for generations to come.”