New energy transition and supply chain manager appointed at Scottish Renewables
Member body Scottish Renewables has created a new role to strengthen the renewable energy industry’s voice in the transition to a net-zero energy system.
Emma Harrick joined as the organisation’s new energy transition and supply chain manager earlier this month and will also support the growth of SMEs working in, or seeking work in, Scotland’s rapidly-expanding green energy sector, strengthening links across the energy industry.
Commenting on her new role, she said: “The transition away from oil and gas to renewables is speeding up, as it must if we are to meet net-zero. That means huge opportunity for businesses at all scales.
“The ScotWind Leasing process will mean many more gigawatts of offshore wind. Onshore, the repowering of our existing wind fleet and the development of new projects opens up the playing field for supply chain businesses to compete.
“Introduce the transition to renewable heat and the opportunities posed by hydrogen, as well as new technologies like wave energy and those on the cusp of commercialisation, like tidal stream, and this is a tremendously exciting role to be taking on.
“I’ve already met a number of organisations, not just in Scottish Renewables’ membership, I will be looking to expand my network and knowledge in the coming months.”
The offshore wind supply chain and energy transition form key themes of the programme at Scottish Renewables’ Offshore Wind Conference, which is being held virtually on April 21-22 in association with the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult.
Nick Sharpe, director of communications and strategy at Scottish Renewables, said: “Scotland has a vibrant community of skilled, experienced suppliers who are well placed to support our journey to net-zero.
“New market entrants with transferable skills from oil and gas can add to the established local experience of current sector providers, allowing Scotland to deliver on projects at home, to the rest of the UK and across the world as other economies seek to decarbonise their energy systems.
“We’re excited to welcome Emma to the team in this new role to advocate for the Scottish supply chain and work to ensure renewables is at the heart of the energy transition.”