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Myrtle Dawes issues set of asks for new FM
Myrtle Dawes is Chief Executive Officer of the Net Zero Technology Centre where she leads the development of technology for a net zero energy industry.
She is a non-executive board member of FirstGroup, a non-executive director on the Aquila European Renewables plc board, an advisory board member for the Association of Black and Minority Engineers and sits on the Technology Leadership Board.
A Chartered Chemical Engineer, Myrtle is an established leader with extensive experience in the energy sector both in the UK and overseas. Respected as a prominent voice on the energy transition, she began her career 30 years ago as an offshore engineer for BP, before delivering on leadership roles in engineering, project management, technology and digital transformation. Myrtle’s passion for innovation and technology galvanises her colleagues, government and industry to take action and push boundaries.
Myrtle holds a Masters in Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology from Imperial College. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers, Fellow of the Energy Institute, Fellow of the Forward Institute and Honorary Fellow of the Association of Project Managers.
In 2017, Myrtle received recognition for her contribution to business, having featured in Breaking the Glass Ceiling and being selected as one of 100 Women to Watch in the Cranfield FTSE Board Report 2017. In 2021 she was recognised by TE:100 as one of the Women of the Energy Transition.
Myrtle has two children and in her spare time studies mathematics, is a keen cat lover, and gamer.
Now that the new First Minister has firmly established himself in Bute House, making the north east of Scotland a global leader in net zero should be one of his top priorities. As an industry and region, we have tremendous engineering and innovation capability that can make Scotland a key player in renewable technology and decarbonisation, enabling a green transition that has job creation and economic prosperity at its heart.
Humza Yousaf has already signalled his determination to build on this work, with his visit to Aberdeen this week among his opening acts as First Minister, and it is only with government and business working together that we can fully realise our potential as a global leader in net zero. That is why collaboration must be the watchword of the new First Minister when it comes to achieving net zero.
Collaboration is something the Net Zero Technology Centre understands well. Our centre was born from and strives for collaboration. We are funded via the Aberdeen City-Region deal, a partnership agreement between the UK and Scottish governments. We are based in and work for the future of our community, and our model is an inherently cooperative one. We bring together technology developers, business, academic institutions and local and national government in order to enhance collaboration, share best practice and achieve shared goals.
One area where collaboration with government and the new First Minister will be vital is in delivering the North Sea Transition Deal. It is clear there is no single solution that will meet our energy needs, as well as our economic and employment needs. Instead, on the journey to net zero, there are multiple different sectors and technologies that will help us stride forward; hydrogen, carbon capture and offshore wind, to name but a few.
These methods require government support if they are to be realised at speed and scale. Indeed, we believe we need to reduce the base cost of these technologies by 50 per cent if we are to realise the economic opportunity of low carbon, and incentives from government have key role to play in that process. This would represent a win-win for the new First Minister as it delivers on his twin priorities of accelerating the transition to net zero and the development of an economy that has good jobs at its core.
We are determined to work with the new First Minister in this and other areas to rediscover the collaborative energy that has helped position the north east Scotland as a global leader in energy and innovation. Central to that collaborative spirit will be working with the new First Minister to unlock investment to encourage the development and deployment of clean energy technologies which are reliable, affordable, and scalable at pace. The funding the First Minister has announced is welcome and absolutely vital, but the reality is we need to see more, not least in a sector where decarbonising operations and supply chains often requires government support. More generally, we also hope the arrival of the new First Minister will allow both the Scottish and UK governments to recalibrate their relationship so they can cooperate to support net zero, which is a priority for both administrations.
There is huge potential for the net zero industry in Scotland and the new First Minister’s early visit to Aberdeen is a sign of his commitment to it. By working collaboratively, we can fully realise that potential and turn Scotland into a world leader in net zero.
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