Caron Oag, EMEC’s senior marketing officer for hydrogen, has won the Professional Service Award at the Scottish Renewables’ Young Professionals Green Energy Awards 2022.
The Young Professionals Green Energy Awards celebrate individuals who will be driving the renewable energy projects of the future. This year, two of the EMEC team were shortlisted: Caron for the Professional Service Award, and Nick Wyatt, EMEC’s Senior Electrical & Performance Test Engineer, for Professional Service as well as the Innovator Award.
Having joined EMEC in 2018, Caron led the development of EMEC’s sub-brand – EMEC Hydrogen – showcasing EMEC’s work in green hydrogen to a global audience. Caron has coordinated many high-profile media visits to showcase EMEC and Orkney’s hydrogen ambitions, including ABC News, BBC, ITV and Sky News in the run up to COP26 and has recently had editorial published in The Herald, Scotsman and European Energy Innovation magazine.
Caron also leads communications work packages for EMEC’s hydrogen, battery, and aviation-focused projects. For example, for the Sustainable Aviation Test Environment, Caron has coordinated significant media outputs on behalf of the project. This includes promoting Ampaire’s first electric-powered aircraft, the video for which has garnered over 2.6 million views.
On receiving the award, Caron Oag, Senior Marketing Officer (Hydrogen), said: “I’m incredibly honoured to receive this award from Scottish Renewables sponsored by Wave Energy Scotland. It’s a privilege to work in the renewables sector in Orkney, promoting the breadth of innovation taking place across the islands and sharing the achievements, challenges and learnings to help the wider industry on the journey to net zero.
“It is fascinating to see the level of global interest keep growing, highlighting the significance of what we are doing here and the importance of sharing our innovation stories to inspire others.
“Thank you to my brilliant colleagues at EMEC for this nomination and all of their support. Congratulations to all the inspiring winners and nominees.”
Lisa MacKenzie, Marketing and Communications Manager at EMEC said: “Caron has taken the continued diversification of EMEC and her own role in her stride. She was the driving force behind the inaugural Transatlantic Power to Gas (TAP2G) conference and has helped put green hydrogen in the spotlight, diligently developing the narrative around green hydrogen’s potential and challenges. She’s also worked tirelessly on a variety of projects, supporting project partners to get the word out about their innovations.”
For the full list of finalists and winners, visit: https://www.scottishrenewables.com/events/166-ypgea22/categories.
The winners of the 2022 Young Professionals Green Energy Awards will go on to compete for the Young and Inspiring Award at the Scottish Green Energy Awards, which will be held later this year.