‘Innovation’ and ‘forcing change’ is key to tackling climate change

Team Salix at awards

Salix team at the awards from left: Elan Parry-Lowther, Beatrice Morrison, Christian Smaditch, Ian Rodger, Kristel Peets, Caterina Bartelloni, Sara Cockerill

“We are the first generation to feel the impacts of climate change and the last that can do anything about it. The future rests in our hands, in the hands of the innovators in this room tonight - that can push toward change.” 

This is what keynote speaker The Lord Duncan of Springbank said at this year’s Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE).

The awards, attended by more than 400 people including a team from Salix, were held for those involved in decentralised energy.

They are aimed at celebrating the people and projects which have developed innovative solutions, best practices and achievements across heat, efficiency, power and flexibility.

Salix was delighted to be shortlisted in the prestigious awards which were held at the Hurlingham Club. Although Salix did not win in its category ‘Net Zero Leader – organisation’, the awards earmarked Salix as a leader in this area. The University of East London, which is transitioning its estate to net zero by 2030 scooped the award.

Salix is recognised as a key enabler of the public sector decarbonisation agenda delivering schemes across the UK.

Director of Programmes at Salix Finance, Ian Rodger said: “We were very proud to attend on the night and to receive such amazing recognition for the work we do.

“Here at Salix we are making an impact every day, committed to working towards Government’s ambitious net zero goals and creating a better future for the planet.

I’d also like to congratulate the University of West London on winning their award, which I know was well deserved as it’s a work we are very familiar with at Salix, as we have been supporting them in their journey to Net Zero though Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme funding of over £5m.” 

As Association for Decentralised Energy President, The Lord Duncan of Springbank, opened the proceedings by highlighting the need for industry to lead the way with innovation, creating the path for others to follow.

He said: “Innovation and forcing change is key to tackling climate change. The politicians will follow in the wake of industry, we need to lead the transition.”

As the established government delivery partner for the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme and the Low Carbon Skills Fund, Salix works with the public sector to reduce their carbon emissions in line with the UK Government’s commitment to become net-zero by 2050.

This year Salix also took on the role of delivery agent for wave 2 of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund and Home Upgrade Grant schemes.

Salix is recognised as a key enabler of the public sector decarbonisation agenda delivering schemes across the UK.