The judging panel comprises a panel of Business Post journalists and editors and an independent group of sustainability and business inclusivity experts. Additional judges coming soon.
Dr. David Connolly is chief technology officer with Astatine, the only company in Ireland that offers fully financed turnkey solutions for large industrial users who wish to decarbonise their heat using high-temperature heat pumps (up to 200°C). They also offer renewable electricity solutions such as onsite solar power and offsite corporate PPA contracts. David is also the chairperson of the Irish District Energy Association which represents the district heating and cooling industry across the island of Ireland. Previously, David was CEO of Wind Energy Ireland, Ireland’s largest renewable energy association. In this role, he worked with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders to build understanding and awareness of the benefits of Irish wind and renewable energy, and to ensure that Irish wind energy continues to provide clean, cost effective electricity to communities, businesses, factories and homes across Ireland. Before WEI, David was an Associate Professor in Energy Planning at Aalborg University in Copenhagen, Denmark, where his research focused on the design and assessment of 100% renewable energy systems for electricity, heat, and transport. He graduated as a Mechanical Engineer and completed a PhD in energy modelling, both at the University of Limerick.
Donna Gartland is ceo of Codema, the energy agency that aims to accelerate Dublin’s low-carbon transition in order to mitigate the effects of climate change and improve the lives of citizens. She is a qualified electrician with a BEng in Energy and Environmental Engineering from the Institute of Technology Tallaght and a MSc in Sustainable Energy Planning and Management from Aalborg University, Denmark. She is currently completing a PhD in Energy Engineering with University College Cork. In her previous role as Codema’s Senior Energy Planner, Donna worked on monitoring and reporting the progress of the Sustainable Energy Action Plan for Dublin City in line with the Covenant of Mayors Initiative and developed the first Spatial Energy Demand Analyses (SEDA) in Ireland for all four Dublin local authorities in order to integrate energy and spatial planning at a local level. Donna is also working on implementing the first District Heating systems in Dublin with Dublin City and South Dublin County Councils, and is Technical Advisor on the EU Interreg NWE project ‘HeatNet’. She is the lead author of the national level ‘Guide to District Heating in Ireland’ report, funded by the SEAI.
Dr Paul Deane is a senior research fellow in clean energy futures at the Environmental Research Institute’s MaREI Centre in UCC. He has authored and co-authored over 150 technical papers on the future of energy in areas such as electricity markets, European and global power systems, renewable energy integration and energy access. He is an active contributor to European policy thinking on clean energy and in 2019 was the Royal Irish Academy speaker in computer science and engineering.
Daniel Murray is political correspondent for the Business Post. He has traditionally focused his reporting on environmental issues, and has broken many stories in this field. Daniel also hosts Five Degrees of Change, the Business Post’s Energy and Environment podcast, where he speaks with leading experts in the fields of environmental science and climate change about the policy and personal changes they would make for a greener world.
Lorcan Allen is Business Editor for the Business Post where he leads the paper’s business and financial markets coverage. He also covers corporate sustainability and climate action, with a particular focus on developments in Ireland’s energy and agri-food sectors. In 2020, Lorcan was named Business Journalist of the Year at the 2020 Newsbrands Ireland journalism awards. Before joining the Business Post he served as Agribusiness Editor with the Irish Farmers Journal. He was awarded a Nuffield scholarship in 2017, where he researched how Ireland’s agri-food sector could adopt climate action measures and transition to a more sustainable production system.
Elaine Prendeville is editorial director of magazine brands at the Business Post. A former editor of the Business Post Magazine and Irish Tatler magazine, Elaine has lead responsibility for several awards programmes including the Irish Tatler Women of the Year Awards. She is a board member at Quality Matters, the organisation that helps not-for-profits, social enterprises, charities and state agencies design innovative solutions that make a real impact in the lives of their clients.