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Outstanding Contribution Award for Professor Ralph Sims

Professor Ralph Sims accepts the Outstanding Contribution Award

Professor Ralph Sims won the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Professor Sims, Director of the Centre for Energy Research at Massey University, is a world-renowned researcher and educator in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

He has taught and researched sustainable energy topics at Massey University since 1974, but has also achieved significant influence on energy and climate change policy at a global level.

During his four-year tenure at the International Energy Agency he was a lead author on a number of influential reports for the IEA and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, including the report that won the IPCC the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He continues to be a co-ordinating lead author for the IPCC, with papers on transport and renewable energy due to be published next year.

He places a major emphasis on engagement with policy makers, the commercial sector and the wider community, and has been influential in educating others through supervising and teaching postgraduates. His research has been published in more than 300 publications including 150 refereed publications. He is a regular media commentator on energy issues; he is passionate about sustainable energy and ‘walks the talk' in his daily life.

Professor Sims is a fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers of NZ and the UK Institute of Agricultural Engineers, and he is a Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

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