Holyrood Green Giant Awards 2022

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Following the success of the inaugural Green Giant Awards at our COP26 Fringe Festival in 2021, this November Holyrood Events will once again be celebrating the best within Scotland’s climate change movement. 

The awards ceremony will take place on day one of our 2-day Climate Emergency Summit. The Summit will focus on the policies, actions and track record of the Scottish and UK Governments and the wider world in delivering on the commitments made in the Glasgow Climate Pact. As the festival and awards will coincide with COP27 in Egypt, we will consider how this looks to build on Glasgow to meet the challenges posed by the climate crisis.

In contrast to these substantial discussions, the awards ceremony and ceilidh will be an opportunity to celebrate the excellence and hard work, within the climate change movement in Scotland. The Holyrood Green Giant Awards is all about highlighting some of the outstanding achievements of those working across the public, private and third sectors to deliver a net-zero nation by 2045. It’s a chance to let our hair down, have a bit of fun, and dance the night away at the popular post-awards ceilidh!

To judge the awards shortlist, we have assembled some of the most respected voices from across Scotland, who have made their own distinctive contributions to tackling climate change and restoring and enhancing the natural world. This includes last year’s Lifetime Achievement winner, Professor James Curran MBE, who  will be joined by:

  • Chris Stark, Chief Executive, Committee on Climate Change
  • Professor Janette Webb, Co-Director, UK Energy Research Centre & Chair, UK Committee on Climate Change 2016 Advisory Group on Energy Efficiency and Heat
  • Gina Hanrahan, Head of Policy & Advocacy, WWF Scotland
  • Emma Yule, Operations, 2050 Climate Group
  • Dr Deborah Long, Chief Officer, Scottish Environment LINK

So, if you know any organisations or individuals that you think are worthy of recognition for their work in helping to mitigate or adapt to climate change and restore our natural environment, don’t waste any time! Get your nominations in by Monday 19th September.

Deborah Long
Deborah Long
Scottish Environment LINK
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Gina Hanrahan
WWF Scotland
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Prof. Janette Webb
UK Committee on Climate Change 2016 Advisory Group on Energy Efficiency and Heat
Emma Yule Headshot
Emma Yule
2050 Climate Group
Chris Stark Headshot
Chris Stark
Committee on Climate Change
Prof. James Curran
Green Purposes Company
James is currently a Director of the Green Purposes Company, created by the UK Parliament to own the special share holding rights over the objectives of the UK Green Investment Bank when it was privatised.

Youth Champion Award

This award focuses on the work of young people in galvanizing the climate change movement in Scotland. This award will recognise and promote young people who have made a significant contribution to Climate Justice and to the inclusion of Climate Justice in education.

Technology and Innovation Award 

This award recognises an individual, team or organisation that has demonstrated outstanding work in the field of climate technology. The nominees have all utilised technology to deliver services in ways that improve sustainability and reduce emissions or develop potential solutions to the effects of the climate emergency.

Scotland’s Champion Award 

This award recognises individuals who have demonstrated a significant contribution to Climate Justice in Scotland or from Scotland to the world. This includes being an exemplar of Scotland’s world-leading net-zero climate agenda or leading the way in facilitating a Just Transition for industries or communities to a zero-emissions future as the Commission’s final recommendations are published.

Diversity and Inclusion Award

This award recognises an individual, team, group or network that has shown dedication to improving diversity and inclusion in climate action. This could be through initiating and leading efforts to remove barriers and improve the working experience, engagement and representation levels of minority or marginalised groups in climate justice spaces, or by demonstrating excellence in delivering services to minority or marginalised groups in climate justice spaces.

Nature and the Environment Award 

This award recognises the incredible work being done by groups or organisations to protect and enhance Scotland’s natural capital and biodiversity.

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognises and promotes an individual who has made a significant contribution to Climate Justice over a sustained period of time.  


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