Green Business Awards 2012

Lord’s Cricket Ground, London
12 November 2012

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Green Business Awards 2012

Platinum sponsor’s foreword

Achievements by this year’s shortlisted entrants suggest top-down targeting by politicians is far less effective than businesses building from the bottom up

oliticians and pundits get very excited by marginal movements in economic indicators. Those of us running businesses know that, whether those indicators have recently moved up or down a little, the UK economy is not in good shape and slow growth is with us for years to come. Most of us probably believe in the government’s Plan A, or some variant of it, and struggle to imagine what Plan B might look like, when we have to access the bond market, and play by its rules, to fund additional investment. Against this background politicians of all colours talk in a facile way about “greening the economy” and “creating

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green jobs” and using “green investment to kick-start the economy” The reality . is, of course, that all recent governments have failed in their core “green task” to develop a coherent energy strategy capable of reducing CO2 emissions in any significant way, let alone by the 80% they tell us is desirable and achievable by 2050. This combination of economic and policy uncertainty has significantly reduced the willingness of companies to innovate and invest. Those that can find the ideas likely to work and the courage to go forward then run into the banks! It is difficult for most sectors of society to have much

sympathy for these self-serving organisations. However, they are now being asked, simultaneously, to rebuild their own balance sheets whilst lending more to business to stimulate growth. One part of the solution is that they pay themselves less, something most would applaud, but those savings alone will never supply enough credit to get the economy moving. At the moment this intractable problem is resulting, inevitably, in more capital rebuilding than lending, to the detriment of business. It is hard to imagine a more unfavourable combination of circumstances confronting businesses wanting to help build the “new green economy” It is, . therefore, quite remarkable that we have such a worthy group of shortlisted entrants in this year’s Green Business Awards. They show innovation in a broad range of sectors. Their achievements suggest top-down targeting by politicians is far less effective than businesses building from the bottom up. Keep up the good work!

Dr Alan Hearne
Chief executive, RPS Group

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Green Business Awards 2012

Introduction

NDS is proud to introduce the winners of the Green Business Awards 2012, sponsored by consultants RPS. This year saw another bumper crop of environmental management solutions which have reduced pollution, increased efficiency and saved money. Carbon reduction and waste and resource management featured strongly among entries. The winners were chosen by an independent panel of 13 judges with a range of expertise chaired by sustainability consultant Martin Blake (see below). After shortlisting entries for the ten categories, the judges debated candidate’s merits and the winners were chosen through a secret ballot. A further six entries were highly commended. ENDS would like thank the judges for their vital contributions. This year saw more entries – a welcome sign companies and public sector bodies JUDGES

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continue to recognise that good environmental performance and running an efficient organisation go hand in hand, despite austere economic times. It is also a sign they understand that environmental performance matters to customers, investors and opinion formers, so they want to show their achievements. But a note of caution. Climate change, resource scarcity and population growth demand far bolder solutions. No matter how efficient businesses become, endless consumer-led growth is unsustainable in the long term. In next year’s awards, ENDS would like to see examples of companies setting visionary goals that match the scale of the challenges we face. Climate change, resource scarcity and population growth demand bold and ambitious solutions. In this year’s Sustainability Vision category, supported by the Forum for the Future, the judges

felt no entry really reflected the requirements. The judges were looking for firms with bold targets that would drive a fundamental shift in strategy, so the company would be more successful by creating a sustainable future. They also wanted some evidence of substantial plans to deliver on those targets. Stephanie Draper, director of change and system innovation at Forum for the Future, said: “We need more companies to articulate how they will be commercially successful by delivering social goods within environmental limits. A good vision sets out ambitious goals that take us towards a sustainable world. It is backed by a strategy that clearly shows how the company will be competitive, and how it will shape a new, brighter mainstream.”

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INTRODUCTION 2 3 Sponsor’s foreword Introduction and judges

WINNERS 4 5 8 9 Built environment British Land Mobility Greater London Hire Waste and resources EnvironCom Energy British Land

10 Climate The Co-operative Group 10 Green business of the year The Co-operative Group 11 Green product or service Packsize 12 Green technology Wessex Water Services 13 Partnership Eco Plastics and Coca-Cola Enterprises 14 Public sector Alliance Homes 15 Green professional of the year Sean Hill, GENeco

Martin Blake Independent consultant, judging panel chairman

Martin Baxter Policy director, IEMA

Stephanie Draper System innovation director, Forum for the Future

Simon Hodgson Senior partner, Acona

Gwyn Jones CEO, Global Association for Corporate Sustainability Officers

James Langley Deputy chairman and director, Institute of Car FleetManagement

Debby Lloyd Head of search (automotive and technology), Hawker Chase

Amanda Long CEO, Corporate Culture

Dax Lovegrove Head of business and Industry, WWF UK

Peter Maddox Head of strategy and planning, WRAP

Ed Mitchell Environment and business director, Environment Agency

Diana Verde Nieto Founder and CEO, PositiveLuxury. com

Dr Joanne Wade Sustainability energy expert

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Built environment

Winner | British Land

KEY POINTS
Introduction of core sustainability targets for all major property developments Targets include diverting 98% of demolition waste and 96% of construction waste from landfill A quarter of materials used must have recycled content and all timber must be certified Programme has reduced waste sent to landfill to just 2% and saved £1m in landfill tax

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British Land York House 45 Seymour Street London W1H 7LX w www.britishland.com t 020 7486 4466

ritish Land won the built environment award for its efforts to drive sustainability through the supply chain of its £2.1bn property development programme. The Sustainability Brief for Developments applies to 21 major projects including 5 Broadgate, a 700,000-squarefoot office development in the City of London costing £223m; Marble Arch House, a 86,000sqft office development in London’s west end costing £29m; and a £28m, 302,000sqft retail project at Whiteley Village, Fareham.

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By applying the brief to all major projects rather than a single exemplar scheme, British Land hopes to improve the performance of companies in its supply chain. It has also shared its experiences through a series of seminars attended by more than 200 people including architects, engineers and surveyors. The brief sets nine core targets that all major projects costing more than £5m must meet. On waste, 98% of demolition waste and 96% of construction waste must be diverted from landfill.

FINALISTS Brand-Rex Lend Lease

HIGHLY COMMENDED The Co-operative Group’s new Manchester headquarters, 1 Angel Square, uses half the energy and emits 80% less carbon dioxide than its old HQ. The building achieved the BREEAM environmental assessment’s ‘outstanding’ award for its performance. It will save The Co-op £500,000 per year on utility bills. The company’s innovative use of a combined cooling, heating and power system, fuelled by plant oil grown on its own farms, caught the judge’s eye.

A quarter of materials used must have recycled content and all timber used must be from sources certified by the Forest Stewardship Council or the industry-led equivalent PEFC. Developments must also achieve net biodiversity improvement. Office buildings must meet the BREEAM ‘excellent’ standard for environmental performance, while retail developments must achieve the ‘very good’ standard. Houses must obtain level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes. Projects also have to meet bespoke targets. For instance, the 5 Broadgate development must meet higher recycled materials targets, while an embodied carbon targets applies to Marble Arch House. Over the past three years, the programme has reduced waste sent to landfill from 15% to 2%, saving over £1.1m in landfill tax. British Land also achieved 42% recycled content at 5 Broadgate. In 2013, it will extend the brief to smaller projects.

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Winner | Greater London Hire

Mobility

KEY POINTS
Full replacement of minicab and courier fleet with low-carbon vehicles cut emissions by 30% Driver training and incentive scheme promotes fuel-efficient driving, achieving 60 miles per gallon GLH’s 200-strong Toyota Prius petrol-electric car fleet saves 1,250 tonnes of CO2 per year

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Greater London Hire GLH House 12-18 High Road London N2 9PJ w www.glh.co.uk t 020 8444 2026 mproving environmental performance in the transport sector is not easy. Companies are limited by the available technology. Barnet-based Greater London Hire is one firm that has done much to improve its performance within these bounds. The company has more than 100 staff and turned over £9.2m in 2011/12. The minicab and courier company has replaced its 350-vehicle fleet with lowcarbon vehicles to reduce its emissions as far as possible. Overall, GLH’s low-carbon fleet has cut carbon emissions by 30% and saved £300,000 in fuel costs. The fleet includes more than 200 Toyota Prius petrol-electric hybrid cars. The latest model emits 89 grams of CO2 per kilometre – 58% less than a black cab. Through its Prius fleet alone, GLH saves 1,250 tonnes of CO2 per year.

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One of the most important lessons learned is to ensure all staff from board members to drivers are actively involved

It also operates 30 Seat Alhambra Ecomotive people carriers, replacing the Ford Galaxies it used before. These save 41g/km or 81 tonnes CO2 per year. GLH plans to test fully electric vehicles such as the Renault Fluence and the Vauxhall Ampera. For its courier businesses, the company has converted its vans to hybrids and has increased the number of zero-emission electric scooters and bicycles. Even the best low-carbon car will not perform as well as it could if it is driven badly. That is why GLH provides training for all its drivers so they drive in a fuel-efficient way. There is also an incentive scheme to provide

further encouragement. GLH says it drivers achieve 60 miles per gallon saving £30 per week. GLH says one of the most important lessons learned is to ensure all staff from board members to drivers are actively involved. This was important to overcome initial resistance to low-carbon cars from some drivers. GLH is using its experience to help others in the local community. For the past two years, GLH has been supporting student-led carbon reduction programmes in nearby secondary schools and delivering environmental management workshops to smaller firms in Barnet.

FINALISTS Arriva UK Bus

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Waste and resources

Winner | EnvironCom

KEY POINTS
Electrical waste recycler rigorously applies the ‘waste hierarchy’ by first repairing broken equipment for reuse before recycling Achieved a 15% reuse rate and sends less than 2% of processed material to landfill Company to test ways of extracting valuable metals from electrical and electronic equipment

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EnvironCom Lincolnshire NG31 7UH w http://environcom.co.uk t 01476 564942

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nvironCom is a pioneering recycler of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). Its Grantham site is said to be one of the largest and most advanced plants in Europe, processing 100,000 tonnes of WEEE per year including fridges and freezers, televisions and computers. In October 2011, it opened a 75,000-tonne capacity plant in London. In 2011/12 it employed 150 staff and had a turnover of £13.5m. EnvironCom’s mantra is: “Doing the right thing with waste so it doesn’t cost the Earth.” This means rigorously applying the

waste hierarchy by first repairing broken equipment so it can be reused. If it cannot be fixed, as much of the equipment as possible is recycled. The company sends less than 2% of processed material to landfill. Over the past year EnvironCom has sought to innovate. It has established strong relationships with Dixons, Travis Perkins, the British Heart Foundation and others, enabling it to achieve what it says is an industry-leading 15% reuse rate. It has plans to increase the rate to 30%. Overall it gives a second life to 130,000 items each year.

FINALISTS PepsiCo Dixons Retail TJ International Scott Group

HIGHLY COMMENDED Desso was highly commended by the judges for redesigning its carpet tile business using ‘cradle to cradle’ thinking. This inspired the company to develop a take-back scheme, retrieving old carpet tiles from its customers for recycling. Yarn from the tiles can be used to make new carpet, while the bitumen backing is used to resurface roads.

EnvironCom uses an innovative way of recycling foam insulation in fridges. Usually it is incinerated or landfilled. At 98%, EnvironCom claims it has the highest fridge recycling rate in the UK. The company is sharing this knowledge with industry partners to spread its environmental benefits. The company has also won a contract to test ways of extracting valuable metals such as cerium, yttrium and scandium from WEEE. Julian Temblett, head of marketing at the BHF, said: “Working with EnvironCom, the British Heart Foundation has been able to transform people’s returned electrical items into lifesavers. “To date, EnvironCom has supplied more than 100,000 quality refurbished electrical items into our specialist furniture and electrical stores to sell to raise vital funds to save lives.”

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Green Business Awards 2012

Winner | British Land

Energy

KEY POINTS
Efficiency improvements have cut energy use per square metre of building space by 27% since 2009 Reductions have been aided by an advanced metering system providing granular data on electricity, gas and water use Success cutting energy use has led the company to lift its reduction target to 40%

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etail and office property company British Land saved its tenants £3.3m and cut carbon emissions by 24,500 tonnes over the past two years by improving the energy efficiency of its buildings. By 2011/12, the company cut energy use per square metre of building space by 27% from a 2009 baseline, exceeding its 20% target. British Land achieved the reductions through installing an advanced metering system at nine offices and two shopping centres after securing the occupiers’ agreement. The improvements required an investment of £1.5m. The company chose to focus its efforts on these buildings after investigating the energy used in different property types. Although retail parks comprise 25% of its portfolio, they only constitute 2% of energy use. British Land has already made 25% savings in this property type over the past three years.

Buoyed by its success, British Land has increased its target to a 40% reduction in energy use per square meter by 2015 compared with 2009

Shopping centres make up 22% of its portfolio, but use 9% of energy. Despite considerable progress in cutting energy use, there is potential for much more. Offices comprise a third of its portfolio and account for more than half of all energy use. The metering system provides granular data for electricity, gas and water use for each building. Data can be analysed right down to specific pieces of equipment, allowing energy saving opportunities to be identified. The company meets regularly with occupiers to discuss results and agree improvements. Each occupier can compare

performance with other tenants, encouraging friendly competition to cut energy use. British Land also overhauled energy management by employing an energy executive, engaging with occupiers at a senior level and improving energy management training for building engineers. Buoyed by its success, the company has increased its target to a 40% reduction in energy use per square meter by 2015 compared with 2009. Where it takes over the management of a building, it aims to cut energy use by 30% over five years.

FINALISTS WEMSinternational Hyder Consulting (UK) 3663 TelecityGroup

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Climate / Green business of the year

Dual winner | The Co-operative Group
KEY POINTS
40% reduction in absolute carbon emissions since 2006 Targets set for 50% cut in carbon emissions by 2020 and to generate a quarter of its energy needs from its own renewable sources by 2017 Tackling indirect carbon emissions with £1bn committed to financing renewable energy

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The Co-operative Group New Century House Manchester M60 4ES w www.co-operative.coop t 0161 834 1212 he Co-operative Group is this year’s winner of the overall ‘Green business of the year’ award as well as winning the ‘Climate’ award. It was recognised for its ongoing and ambitious efforts to drive down carbon emissions and its ethical plan. The Co-op has achieved a 40% cut in absolute emissions since 2006, challenging competitors to follow suit. Building on this achievement, it has set a carbon reduction target of 50% by 2020. The cut will again be made in absolute terms, guaranteeing a reduction in its climate change impacts. In contrast, many competitors have set normalised targets to improve efficiency, which will not necessarily reduce total carbon impacts. Others have set very long-term targets, potentially putting off action until well into the future. The Co-op has also set an target of generating a quarter of its electricity needs from its own renewable sources by 2017.

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Action on indirect carbon emissions is also important to The Co-op. It has committed to providing £1bn to finance UK renewable energy projects

FINALISTS – CLIMATE Reckitt Benckiser The CarbonNeutral Company Crown Paints

The company, which operates a supermarket chain as well as financial services and funeral and travel businesses among others, has many carbon reduction measures in place to deliver these targets. These range from building its new head office in Manchester, which achieved the BREEAM environmental performance assessment ‘outstanding’ award, to fitting doors on refrigeration units in 2,000 stores by 2020 to cut energy use by 20%. In 2012 alone, The Co-op invested £13m to improve energy efficiency. Action on indirect carbon emissions is also important to

The Co-op. It has committed to providing £1bn to finance UK renewable energy projects. It will also source soya from sustainable sources to avoid contributing to deforestation. The improvements form part of its ethical plan, a comprehensive strategy containing 53 targets from animal welfare to cutting waste. Efficiency measures in the plan save the firm £40m per year. Also setting it apart from its competitors is The Co-op’s campaigning activities. It works with WWF to oppose energy firms’ plans to exploit tar sands in countries such as Canada.

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Green product or service

Winner | Packsize

KEY POINTS
On-demand packaging machines installed at Nottingham educational product supplier create bespoke packs to reduce waste Smaller than average boxes use 45% less cardboard and reduce CO2 emissions by 46% Solution has wider potential in an age of internet shopping

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Packsize 1 Chapel Street Warwick CV34 4HL United Kingdom w www.packsize.com t 07769 914 144 ackaging company Packsize helped Findel Education Resources save more than £200,000 per year and cut carbon emissions annually by over 160 tonnes simply by delivering products in the correctly sized cardboard box. Packsize says standard practice in most retailers’ warehouses is to pack customer orders into a limited range of boxes: small, medium or large. However, the actual size of products ranges widely. At Findel, which supplies some 15,000 educational products to 40,000 customers, this

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standardised approach creates a lot of waste. This issue was also a source of complaints from some customers, which led Findel and Packsize to develop a solution. Packsize’s on-demand packaging machines take a continuous length of corrugated cardboard which it folds and cuts into a bespoke size and shape. They are widely used by manufacturing companies that want to minimise storage space, but not by retailers. One challenge was to incorporate the new machines into Findel’s fast-moving packing line at its Nottingham

HIGHLY COMMENDED The Great Turf Company makes and supplies a range of chemical-free natural fertilisers and turf nutrition products for schools, golf clubs and other sporting facilities. Its Activated Microbial Turf Management programme comprises equipment, compost and feed additives, allowing grounds managers to ‘brew’ their own bespoke product. Clients include premiership football clubs and Ryder Cup venues.

warehouse in a labour and material-efficient way. Now the solution is in place, Findel uses boxes that are on average 59% smaller than standard cartons. This means the company uses 45% less corrugated cardboard, equating to 297,000 square metres or 163,000kg of cardboard per year. The solution reduces CO2 emissions by an average of 46% per box. One of the gains comes from cutting the number of lorry deliveries because more products can be packed into a trailer. Following the project’s success in Nottingham, Findel intends to implement it at its warehouse in Enfield, north London. There are wider benefits as well. Packsize says internet retailers in the UK send about one billion parcels per year. If these companies followed Findel’s example, the environmental benefits could be significant.

FINALISTS Nampak Plastics

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Green technology

Winner | Wessex Water Services

KEY POINTS
Trials showed phosphorus could be successfully removed from sewage effluent using reed beds instead of traditional chemical methods Reed bed containing steel slag removed 70% of phosphorus Study showed the technology was cheaper to build and operate than chemical methods

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Wessex Water Services Claverton Down Bath BA2 7WW w www.wessexwater.co.uk t 01225 526 000 evising a sustainable way of removing phosphorus from sewage effluent was the challenge tackled by Wessex Water. Excess phosphorus in rivers and lakes causes eutrophication – a build-up of algae which reduces water quality and damages aquatic life. New EU rules will require phosphorus removal at hundreds of small sewage treatment works in the UK. Traditional phosphorus removal involves chemical precipitation using iron chloride or sulphate to meet a two-milligram per litre limit. This is costly to install and

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operate and has environmental impacts from frequent chemical deliveries and sludge removal. As an alternative, Wessex tested a method using six reed beds at a site in Somerton, Somerset. Each was filled with different phosphorus removal media such as gravel, limestone or Bauxsol, and planted with a type of reed called Typha Latifolia. The site was monitored for two years to see how each performed. Although reed beds have long been used for organic sewage treatment, they have never before been tested at this scale for removing chemicals

FINALISTS iVeridis

HIGHLY COMMENDED Aggregate Industries and East Midland Renewable Energy was applauded for its Thermastore zero-carbon home heating technology. It uses an underground store, filled with aggregate, which is heated during summer using roof-mounted solar panels, ready for use in colder weather. The aggregate could be sourced from recycled demolition waste.

such as phosphorus, according to Wessex. The trial showed that a reed bed containing steel slag performed very well, removing some 70% of the phosphorus and achieving the 2mg/l limit during the growing season. With some modifications, Wessex says a 90% removal rate could be achieved, reducing levels to less than 1mg/l. Untreated discharges release phosphorus at levels of 6mg/l. The tests showed that reed beds are much cheaper to build and operate than chemical methods. Wessex is carrying out further research to optimise the design and to identify beneficial uses for the phosphorus removal media once it is exhausted. Options include road resurfacing or as an agricultural soil conditioner. Wessex says its research could benefit other water companies that want to find low-cost, low-impact ways to remove phosphorus.

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Winner | Eco Plastics and Coca-Cola Enterprises
KEY POINTS
Partnership between ECO Plastics and Coca-Cola Enterprises has allowed the drinks company to meet its target to use recycled PET plastic in bottles New ‘bottle to bottle’ recycling plant processes 25,000 tonnes of PET each year, doubling the UK’s bottlerecycling capacity Recycling facility estimated to save 33,000 tonnes of CO2 per year

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joint venture between recycling firm ECO Plastics and Coca-Cola Enterprises won the partnership award for their unique ‘bottle to bottle’ recycling plant. The £125m deal shows how companies can work together to form more sustainable business models, inspiring others to follow suit. Continuum Recycling was formed in February 2011 to recycle plastic drinks bottles made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Under the deal, ECO Plastics built a new PET recycling facility at its Lincolnshire site to process 25,000 tonnes of PET per year, the equivalent of 500 million

bottles. CEE invested £5m in the plant and agreed a ten-year contract worth £125m to take the recycled PET to make new drinks bottles. The long-term contract enabled ECO Plastics to raise £10m to invest in the facility. The new site has singlehandedly doubled the amount of recycled PET produced in the UK, reducing imports. It also enables CCE to meet its commitment for drinks bottles to contain 25% recycled PET. The energy used to produce a tonne of recycled PET releases 0.83 tonnes of CO2, compared with 2.15 tonnes of CO2 for virgin PET. This means the 25,000tonne capacity plant will save

HIGHLY COMMENDED PepsiCo and Cambridge University developed i-crop, a tool for farmers to measure soil moisture levels and allow them to accurately calculate the volume of water needed for crops. The food and beverage brand company tested the device with some of its potato farmers, reducing water use by 13%.

some 33,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, the equivalent of removing 15,700 cars from the road. The new plant has also created 30 skilled jobs in a rural area where work can be scarce. Continuum is said to be the first time the UK drinks and recycling industries have collaborated on such a large, long-term project. The partnership says it provides a vision of how a more sustainable business model could work and help modernise the recycling industry. In May 2012, the then environment minister Lord Taylor of Holbeach said: “With the opening of this facility, the UK is now home to the world’s largest plastics recycling plant, bringing jobs and growth to the rural economy of Lincolnshire. “Coca-Cola Enterprises and ECO Plastics innovation and investment has made this project a reality – exactly what we want to see more of right across the country.“

FINALISTS Nottingham Energy Partnership Business Stream

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Public sector

Winner | Alliance Homes

KEY POINTS
Social housing enterprise has installed 1,250 solar photovoltaic systems totalling 3.17 megawatts of peak capacity Scheme estimated to save average households up to £250 per year When completed, the 18MW scheme should save 65,000 tonnes of CO2 a year

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Alliance Homes 40 Martingale Way Portishead BS20 7AW w www.alliancehomes.org.uk t 03000 120 120 ocial housing enterprise Alliance Homes has led an innovative £600m project to install solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on 75,000 homes in north Somerset. The contract has been specifically designed to support public bodies by offering easy access to a high-quality PV package at a large scale to make it affordable. Fourteen public bodies have joined the scheme. Alliance Homes says this is the first time that a registered provider of social housing has organised such a large consortium deal, spreading the environmental and financial benefits far and wide.

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Alliance Homes owns 6,100 properties. It employed 212 fulltime equivalent staff and turned over almost £28m in 2011/12. The project is providing a host of benefits. So far, Alliance Homes has installed 1,250 PV systems totalling 3.17 megawatts of peak capacity. Average households are expected to save 1.4 tonnes of CO2 and up to £250 in energy costs per year. Alliance Homes says these savings are free to tenants, helping tackle fuel poverty. It has also created 30 jobs. Feed-in tariff payments generated by the scheme over six months has raised £710,000,

HIGHLY COMMENDED Nottingham Energy Partnership is a charity and social enterprise formed by the two city and county NHS trusts to tackle fuel poverty and carbon emissions by delivering home energy efficiency improvements. Over a decade it has helped 29,000 households save an annual 20,000 tonnes of CO2 and save £30-50m.

which is being invested in energy efficiency projects for homes not suitable for PV. When the project is complete, the 18MW of PV should save 65,000 tonnes of CO2 and £13.5m in energy savings per year. It should also create hundreds of jobs. Alliance Homes used PV systems from Low Carbon Exchange, Bosch and Tigo Energy. Trowers and Hamlins, Ashfords Solicitors, Deloitte and Bevan Britton provided due diligence and other legal and financial services. The enterprise is to carry out further improvements at its properties including installing air-to-water heat pumps, water metering, LED lighting, voltage optimisation. It hopes to secure support through the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive, the Community Energy Saving Programme and the Green Deal.

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Green professional of the year

Winner | Sean Hill

KEY POINTS
Central role in helping Wessex Water work towards zero waste and carbon neutral goals through its GENeco division Found way to turn 10,000 tonnes of grit and screenings into compost and fuel for renewable energy Instrumental in developing Wessex’s biogas-powered car, the Biobug Communicated value of biosolids as a fertiliser to farmers, replacing chemicals

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GENeco Bristol STW Kings Weston Lane Avonmouth Bristol BS11 0YS w www.geneco.uk.com t 0122 552 4560

ENeco is part of Wessex Water, established to make the company zero waste and carbon neutral by 2020. GENeco’s recycling manager, Sean Hill, has played a central role in the success of the company towards achieving these goals. GENeco treats sewage from over one million people, recycling 250,000 tonnes of biosolids to land as fertiliser. Sludge is digested to produce 40 gigawatthours of renewable energy. In October 2012, a further 10GWh of renewable energy will be generated from its food waste anaerobic digestion plant, in addition to 20GWh from four new wind turbines. In 2011, its main site became carbon neutral and GENeco became a zero waste company. Sean delivered the zero waste status by finding a solution that turned 10,000 tonnes of grit and screenings such as nappy waste and plastics into compost and fuel for renewable

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Sean was instrumental in developing Wessex’s biogas-powered car, the Biobug. The challenge was to source the technology needed to use the gas as vehicle fuel

energy generation. Other water companies landfill the waste. The solution saved Wessex £700,000 per year. Wessex receives some 500,000 tonnes of liquid organic waste per year, imported by external companies for treatment and disposal. Sean delivered a zero waste solution for the waste, which is now recycled as fertiliser, used to make biogas, soil conditioner or incinerated to generate energy. Sean was instrumental in developing Wessex’s biogaspowered car, the Biobug. The challenge was to source the technology needed to use the

gas as vehicle fuel. Publicity about the Biobug reached more than 70 million people. Another success was Sean’s biosolids marketing which showed farmers its value as a fertiliser, displacing chemical products and helping raise additional revenue. Working with the Prince’s Trust, Sean has employed six long-term unemployed people at GENeco. After 18 months, five are still employed in the water industry while one has moved on to a dream job elsewhere. To cap it all, Sean also found a green and ethical provider of work clothing for GENeco staff.

FINALIST Assaad Razzouk, Sindicatum

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