Winners of Green Business Awards 2010 announced

Marks and Spencer was named Grand Prix winner at the 2010 Green Business Awards, announced yesterday. The Green Business Awards are supported by ENDS and run by its parent company Haymarket Business Media.

Award entrants, judges and guests of ENDS, Management Today and Haymarket celebrated the 2010 Green Business Awards at a glittering event at the Grosvenor House Hotel in central London. Winners were announced in fifteen categories celebrating excellence in green practice, strategy and products.

Marks and Spencer took the top prize for its extension of the already groundbreaking 2007 “Plan A” to become carbon neutral by 2012. The new push included 80 additional commitments to achieve by 2015. It also included the ultimate goal of becoming the world’s most sustainable major retailer.

The judges especially complimented Marks and Spencer for the continuity of its effort – building on initial progress and setting more challenging targets. The panel also felt that the company’s achievements could be replicated across the retail sector.

Launched in 2004, the Green Business Awards are a leading barometer of UK environmental performance. The scheme is accredited by the Royal Society of Arts, meaning winners can be nominated to compete for the prestigious European Business Awards for the Environment.

Other winners of the 2010 awards were:

  • InterfaceFLOR in the Overall Environmental Management category
  • PowerPerfector in the Low Carbon Product category
  • The Wool Packaging Company in the Eco-Friendly Product category
  • WSP Environment & Energy in the Green Champions (employees) category
  • Avery Office Products in the Green Champions (customers) category
  • Brakes Group in the Green Champions (suppliers) category
  • BT in the Carbon Emissions Performance category
  • Marks and Spencer in the Carbon Emissions Ambition category
  • Leyland Trucks in the Waste Reduction and Recycling Category
  • Young’s Seafood / Findus Group in the Land, Water & Ecology category
  • John Thompson & Partners in the Green Buildings & Facilities category
  • Stagecoach Group in the Travel & Transport category
  • AGD Systems in the Clean Manufacturing category, and
  • Peter Thom, who took the John Chesshire award for outstanding contribution to the improvement of energy efficiency.