UWE awards honorary degree to Alan Bailey

Issue date: 26 July 2011

Alan Bailey

The University of the West of England will award the Honorary Degree of Master of Science to Alan Bailey in recognition of his significant contribution to the development of a low carbon economy in South West England.

The Honorary Degree will be conferred at the Awards Ceremony of the Faculty of the Environment and Technology on Wednesday 27 July at Bristol Cathedral.

Alan is a Director and Chairman of ABS Renewables Ltd, a project development company co-founded by Alan that focuses on developing and implementing innovative bio-tech and renewable technologies.

ABS was the first start up in UK history to be approved for submission to the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform panel for capital grant funding in 2009. ABS also has an active consultancy business that advises blue chip clients on lean business transformation, manufacturing programmes and environmental services. The business has grown rapidly and now has consultants on sites both in the UK and abroad.

Prior to founding ABS Renewables, Alan was self employed specialising in the procurement, management, refurbishment, design and build and finance of residential and commercial property.

Alan is a member of the Bristol Green Capital working group which is developing a joined up approach for the environmental sector in Bristol. He holds the Chairmanship of Avonmouth and Severnside Green Industries Forum and the Low Carbon High Skills Initiative for the South West (on behalf of Universities South West).

In 2010 he became the Chair of Low Carbon South West, the UK's largest environmental business trade association. Now merged with Bristol Environmental Technologies Sector it has become one of the leading environmental associations in the UK and is now an exemplar of how business, the public sector and academia can work together to deliver networking opportunities, knowledge transfer and direct investment. The network of 30 companies has now risen to a national network of over 3,000 companies.

Alan is a strong advocate of Bristol and the South West and during 2009 he represented Bristol in Brussels for the European Green Capital Awards. In 2010 he spoke at the Houses of Parliament on the case for the West of England to be considered and recognised as the leading low carbon area in the UK. As the key note speaker at the inaugural Low Carbon Conference hosted by the Croatian Government, Alan identified opportunities for UK companies to support the development and implementation of the country's low carbon strategy prior to its membership of the European Union from 2013.

Alan Bailey, said, “I was delighted when I heard that the University of the West of England wanted to confer this honour upon me. UWE is leading the way in engaging with the environmental business community and is an exemplar of how universities, the public sector and the private sector can work together to tackle the issues of climate change and sustainability. Therefore, an award as prestigious as this from an organisation like UWE is fantastic.”

During 2011 Alan will be leading the commercial and technical feasibility study for what will be Europe's largest Industrial Thermal Energy Grid and the development of the first phase of a Low Carbon re-processing Park in Avonmouth. He has also been leading the development of the Low Carbon Strategy Board for the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership.


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