Ace is a renewable energy initiative which has been launched across several North West European countries.
Ace promotes the importance of renewable energy in the everyday life of citizens, businesses and local government – the idea is, if the right information is supplied, more people will use renewable energy. Ace supports the fact that renewable energy is necessity for our future.

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The Ace Awards Jury was represented by one judge from all 5 countries involved in the Ace partnership.

Meet the Ace Awards Jury

Gerry Wardell - Codema (Chairperson)

  • Gerry is the founder and Managing Director of Codema, Dublin’s Energy Agency. As such, he has over 15 years experience in the facilitation, funding and implementation of energy projects on behalf of the Dublin Local Authorities. Gerry has a PhD degree in Physics from TCD and is now a Chartered Physicist with the Institute of Physics and a Chartered Engineer with Engineers Ireland. He is also a Member of Dublin Chamber of Commerce, the Academy of Urbanism, and the Institute of International and European Affairs.


Kate Ruddock - Friends of the Earth (Ireland)

  • Kate is the Policy and Campaigns Manager at Friends of the Earth in Dublin where she is working with the European Consortium, Community Power to enable community ownership of renewable energy projects in Ireland.  Friends of the Earth are part of a coalition of groups working on Community Energy in Ireland – calling on the Government to remove the existing barriers to the development of community owned renewable energy and provide specific supports for the industry.  Prior to working with Friends of the Earth, Kate worked in environmental education in Dublin and environmental planning and consulting for renewable energy developments in Scotland.  Kate holds a BSc in Natural Science from Trinity and an MSc in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Edinburgh.


Fiona Booth - Department of Energy and Climate Change (United Kingdom)

  • Fiona Booth is head of ‘Community Energy’ of the UK Government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change. She studied BSc (Hons) Environmental Management. After graduating, she worked in Ecuador as a sustainability adviser for an NGO working with rural farmers, living with Ecuador’s number one bee expert. On return to the UK, she worked for the Government Office South East (now defunct!) on sustainable schools, moving to a local authority in Guildford as a climate change coordinator where she worked on projects such as south-east England’s award winning first micro hydro turbine. Moving from Surrey to London in 2007 she worked as a sustainability manager for an east London housing association before progressing to Head of Sustainability for the London Borough of Lambeth. After Lambeth she spent 2 years in the private sector working for architect practices as a sustainability consultant, moving to the Department of Energy and Climate Change in 2013 where she heads up the Community Energy Unit – responsible for delivering the UK’s first community energy strategy.


Marjan Minnesma - Urgenda (Netherlands)

  • Marjan Minnesma is Director of Urgenda, the Dutch action organisation for innovation en sustainability (NGO). Urgenda is the number one on the list of ‘the sustainable 100’, the 100 most influential people in the field of sustainable development in the country. Urgenda (contraction of ‘urgent’ and ‘agenda’) published an agenda and national action plan for 100% sustainable energy in 2030.


Frédéric Chapuis - Institute of Technology of Saint-Lô (France)

  • Frédéric Chapuis is a teacher at the University Institute of Technology of Saint-Lô. He is responsible for the education in the field of energy efficiency in buildings.

    Following his studies in Civil Engineering at the University of La Rochelle, Frédéric Chapuis became an energy teacher following the Certificate for the Teaching of Technical Education in Civil Engineering Technical Equipment Energies.

    He is currently Director of Studies of the Professional Degree 2EB “Energy Efficiency in Buildings” and teacher at GTE department of IUT Cherbourg, on the site of Saint-Lô, with students of 1st and 2nd year of the LP 2EB.

    His professional activity and related meetings allow him to have a vision of local and national networks in the field of energy efficiency of buildings. Frédéric is also member of the Board of Directors of the Regional Association for Environmental Construction in Normandy ARCENE.


Griet Janssen - Thomas More Kempen (Belgium)

  • Griet Janssen graduated from the University of Antwerp in 199 as Master in Physics  and in 2004 she became doctor in Science  (Thesis:  ‘A microwave resonance investigation of quantum confined structures and defects in crystalline semiconductors’). After her PhD, she participated for 3 years to the SBO project NANOSOLAR “Novel Nanostructured Hybrid Material Systems and Integration in Innovative Photovoltaic Concepts”. Since 2008 she works at Thomas More, both as a teacher and as a member of the expertise group KCE (knowledge center for energy in buildings). Since 2011 she is doing the coordination of this expertise group KCE, which focuses on research, educational support and services in the field of energy management in buildings. 


Judging Process

Each jury member evaluated all finalists in each Ace Awards category based on a set of criteria. The scores of the individual jury members are summed by the Jury Secretariat with one vote from the Ace partnership.