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A University of Plymouth academic is in the running for a prestigious award in recognition of her ongoing work to enable the UK to meet its net zero ambitions.
Professor Deborah Greaves OBE FREng has been shortlisted for the Net Zero Energy Pioneer category at the 2024 Green Energy Awards, hosted by Regen.
The nomination acknowledges her own pioneering research in the sector, but also her efforts to unite academia, industry and policy makers to address the UK’s ORE challenges and opportunities.
She will now go through to the final stage of judging by an expert panel of independent judges, with the overall winners to be announced at an awards ceremony in March.

It is a real honour to be shortlisted for this award, and to have my achievements recognised alongside those of other net zero pioneers from across the UK. If the world is to achieve its net zero targets it needs all sectors – research, industry, policy and others – to work together. That spirit of innovation and collaboration is something I have encouraged for many years, and by continuing to do so I believe we can develop and deliver the clean energy our planet so urgently needs.

Deborah Greaves OBE FREngDeborah Greaves OBE FREng
Professor in Ocean Engineering

Professor Greaves – Professor in Ocean Engineering at the University, and Director of its Centre for Decarbonisation and Offshore Renewable Energy – is one of the UK’s foremost offshore renewable energy researchers and innovators.
She has been instrumental in the development of innovative technologies for harnessing energy from waves and tides, and analysis methods for wave energy farms, floating offshore wind, tidal turbines, and extreme fluid-structure interactions.
In light of her expertise, she was selected by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to lead its Supergen Offshore Renewable Energy Hub. She was responsible for developing the consortium and, having since secured more than £16.5million in funding, continues to drive its activities.
These roles mean she is uniquely placed to work across academia, industry and policy to deliver the change needed to drive the sector’s contribution to the UK’s net-zero aspirations.
The Green Energy Awards are a celebration of pioneering innovation and sustainable development for the UK’s energy system. More than 100 entries were submitted this year by companies, communities and individuals across the UK for consideration in six categories.

Across the UK there are inspiring people leading pioneering projects and paving the way to a zero-carbon energy system. The Green Energy Awards are all about celebrating their achievements and inspiring us all to rise to the challenge of transforming how we power our lives and heat our homes. We are grateful for the achievements of this year’s nominees and we’re looking forward to announcing the winners at the awards ceremony next month.

Merlin Hyman
Chief Executive, Regen
Professor Deborah Greaves