The winners of the inaugural Love Energy Awards 2015 have been announced; was your business green enough?
The awards, launched by energy price comparison specialists Love Energy Savings, aimed to highlight the most energy-savvy businesses from all over the UK and recognise them for their dedication to energy efficiency.
Ensuring that businesses apply a proactive approach to reducing their carbon footprint is essential if we are to meet the government’s target of reducing carbon emissions by 80% by the year 2050.
Phil Foster, CEO of Love Energy Savings, said: “The Love Energy Awards honour organisations who consistently go the extra mile to create a more energy-efficient business. We have been overwhelmed by the number of nominations that we have received for each of the four categories. It was a difficult decision to narrow it down to just four winners due to the high quality of the entrants.”
The full list of winners
Star of the Future – The University of Salford
The University of Salford created their own unique scientific research to educate consumers on how to save energy in their homes by building the Salford Energy House. The unique Victorian house was reconstructed in an environmental chamber using reclaimed materials, and allows the university to test energy-efficiency measures during various weather conditions with much more reliable results.
“The Salford Energy House is a distinctly unique facility, so they were clear winners for the Star of the Future award. Their innovative research methods will help to develop new technology to improve energy-efficiency solutions for the future.” Phil Foster commented.
Innovative Saver – Bolton Market
Bolton Market introduced the use of a cardboard baler – the most environmentally-friendly solution for large-volume cardboard producers – for all the boxes that the 200 plus traders throw away on a daily basis. During the 12-month period, Bolton Market is expecting to save around £12,000 just from waste costs alone, due to the introduction of cardboard balers.
Phil Foster said: “Bolton Market has reduced the carbon footprint for hundreds of traders and Bolton as a town with fantastic financial results. It just goes to show how much money you can save when you make simple energy-saving changes.”
SME Saver – Newlands Adventure Centre
Since 2011, Newlands Adventure Centre has taken a number of different approaches to becoming a greener business. From increasing their recycling efforts, fitting energy-saving measures throughout the centre and making simple changes such as switching off lights, they have managed to save £2,635 on their annual energy bills.
“Newland Adventure Centre’s sheer level of dedication to energy efficiency was overwhelming, especially as only four years ago they weren’t a green business at all. They have proven that anyone can transform their business and reap the rewards,” said Phil Foster, commenting on the SME Saver award.
Super Saver – Keel Row Shopping Centre
Keel Row Shopping Centre is one of a handful of centres in the UK to use 100% LED lights. All the lights in the centre’s malls are being replaced with low-energy LED bulbs in a bid to save up to
70% off its lighting costs. This initiative will also contribute to a reduction in maintenance and repair costs, as LED lights last up to 50,000 hours and require minimal maintenance after installation.
Phil Foster added: “It’s really impressive when a large organisation realises the benefits of becoming more energy efficient for their own budgets and the environment. I hope that more retailers will follow in Keel Row Shopping centre’s footsteps.”