Winners of the Green Business Awards 2011 revealed

The Co-operative Group has been named Green Business of the Year for its Ethical Operating Plan, taking the top accolade at the Green Business Awards 2011, organised by ENDS.

Winners of the Green Business Awards 2011 were announced on 1 November at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London. Some 300 guests participated in an evening of celebration, which saw 49 finalists competing in ten award categories.

Building on already strong sustainability policies, the Co-operative Group’s Ethical Operating Plan gives ethical and environmental issues the same priority as financial operations. The plan also sets a swathe of additional green targets.

Sindicatum Carbon Capital scooped two prizes for innovative clean energy projects in Asia. The company took the Carbon Reduction award for developing successful new approaches to the management of coal-mine methane in China. It also won in the Renewable Energy category for its innovative work capturing methane generated at Thai capital Bangkok’s main waste landfill site.

Marks and Spencer won the Built Environment award for its ground-breaking new eco-store at Ecclesall Road in Sheffield incorporating tens of green elements and engineered to consume 30% less energy than a comparable store.

Uptown Biodiesel took the Green Products and Services award for its development of a successful business recycling a significant fraction of London’s used cooking oil into biodiesel. The company has also developed technology able to slash the costs of biodiesel production.

The Partnership award was shared by 3663 and ISS Facility Services Healthcare. The firms have cooperated to slash the ecological footprint of deliveries to ISS Facility Services Healthcare catering locations. At the same time nutritional value has been increased and costs per meal cut.

WEMS International took the Energy Efficiency award for its development of a wireless Building Energy Management System, or BEMS, enabling central control of multiple remote operations at lower cost.

The Transport award was won by Brakes Group for its efforts to build environmentalism into its corporate DNA and specific initiatives that have helped it cut transport fleet carbon dioxide emissions.

InterfaceFLOR, which took the Waste and Resources award, has been a global eco-pioneer for years but is not letting up in its efforts. New initiatives include launching the world’s first like-for-like recycling system for carpet tiles and a new ultra-sustainable carpet tile design.

The Water award went to Wessex Water for pioneering a catchment management approach to safeguarding water supplies. Large cost and environmental savings have come from avoiding pollution at source rather than treating water before supply and the approach is being replicated nationally.

Now in it’s sixth year, the Green Business Awards are organised by ENDS (Environmental Data Services), part of Haymarket Media Group. The awards are supported by Platinum sponsor RPS Group, sponsor the Energy Saving Trust and media partner Management Today.

The Green Business Awards are a Royal Society for Arts-accredited scheme for recognising sustainability achievements. Judging is by an independent panel, this year chaired by corporate sustainability expert and ex-head of sustainability for Royal Mail Group, Martin Blake.

More information at the Green Business Awards website.

See also the full brochure of Green Business Awards winners and highly commended entries.