Ten winners were named on the 4 May at the 2017 ENDS Environmental Impact Awards in London (see Winners Profiles here).
Interface, a global flooring manufacturer, the Environment Agency’s internal environment management team, an energy efficient centre for medicine and a restoration project in the Swindale Valley were among the winners at yesterday’s ENDS Environmental Impact Awards ceremony.
The Society for the Environment’s (SocEnv) chair Professor Peter Matthews also awarded the organisation’s Environmental Professional of the Year award at the ceremony.
This award celebrates an individual’s exceptional achievement during professional practice which has made a significant difference to protecting, preserving or enhancing the environment and advancing sustainability. Matthews said there was strong competition for the honour with Elaine McFarlane, fuels scientist at the Energy Institute and working for Shell and Graham Powell CHP manager, Institute of Water and working for Anglian Water Services making the shortlist, but Dr Phillippa Pearson catchment manager, from the Institute of Water, working for D?r Cymru, took away the award for 2017.
The diverse awards’ entries for the ENDS awards showcased the efforts the UK’s environmental sector makes to secure and support the natural environment, often in challenging circumstances.
Entries were judged for innovation: new ideas that broke ground or overcame barriers to deliver meaningful and positive environmental or sustainable results, the longevity of the advances or change and how they showcased the professional excellence, the unique skills and competences of environmental professionals.
Campaign of the Year was won by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, for its Flight of the Swans project with Hubbub UK highly commended for its ‘Pumpkin Rescue’ project.
There was close competition in the Insight of the Year category but the Tyndall Centre UEA, the University of York and Queens University Belfast, won through with their research work looking at the EU referendum, Brexit and the UK environment. The judges praises the entry for showing “great thought leadership which will deliver real and clear benefits”.
The Environmental/Sustainability Impact of the Year award was given to Business Growth Hub for its Green Growth Service which the judges said took a ground-breaking approach in driving forward the transition to a low carbon economy.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency won the Knowledge Development award for its NetRegs website which is delivering free and up-to date guidance on environmental compliance and good practice to businesses.
Partnership of the Year had no fewer than six finalists: BNP Paribas Real Estate in partnership with Carbon 2018, Eleni Antoniades Environmental and White Desert, The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (highly commended), and two from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, its NetRegs project in partnership with Northern Ireland and VIBES, the Scottish Environment Business Awards, with Hubbub UK taking the award for its ‘#1MoreShot’ campaign which reflected work with a range of stakeholders to create a sustainable and scalable solution for recycling disposable coffee cups.
Product of the Year was won by Ramboll Environ, for the environmental benefits of its work and analysis methodology used in offshore decommissioning projects, while Team of the Year went to the Environment Agency’s Internal Environment Management Team for its leadership and work transforming, with staff and suppliers, its EMS and the successful launch of a 2020 environmental sustainability plan.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Swindale Valley Restoration Project beat off competition to win Project of the Year in the natural environment, while Project of the Year in the Built Environment went to Willmott Dixon, for its Leicester Centre for Medicine, described by judges as “an iconic project setting a new benchmark for energy efficiency performance in large-scale buildings”.
Finally Organisation of the Year was awarded to Interface for its “sustained delivery of environmental and sustainability improvement”.
Launched in late 2016, ENDS new Environmental Impact awards scheme is designed to recognise and celebrate the unique skills, insights and contribution of the UK’s broad environmental and sustainability professions of individuals or organisations, including those working in private, charitable and public sectors. The awards’ broad scope covering both expertise and solutions fills a unique gap in support for the environmental sector.