UK companies win environment awards

Posted: 17 June 2003

Five UK-based companies have been short-listed for the Business in the Environment Award for Excellence 2003. They are BT, Carillion, Shields Environmental, The Scottish Nappy Company and Yell.

The Award recognises innovative environmental performance integrated into a company's sustainable development strategy, delivering proven business benefits. The award is sponsored for the fourth year by National Grid Transco.

Each of the finalists was presented with a 'Big Tick' by the Department of Trade and Industry in June 2003. This mark of achievement provides a simple way for businesses to demonstrate their measurable impact on society. It is now recognised as an international benchmark of quality in the field of responsible business practice.

Big savings

Among the achievements noted was BT's success in reducing the company's level of exposure to environmental risk and delivering some £600m of savings for the company over the last 10 years.

Carillion's sustainability strategy had included the use of self sufficient materials on the M6 Toll project which reduced the extraction of raw materials, vehicle movements and associated impacts and the development of a sustainable accounting system.

The Fonebak scheme of Shields Environmental company is the world's first nation-wide mobile phone recycling scheme. Endorsed by all the major Network Providers and Government, the scheme provides an industry-wide solution to current legislation, and the forthcoming Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive. The first year of operation resulted in savings of over 250 tonnes of potentially hazardous landfill.

The Scottish Nappy Company provides a weekly home delivery service of fresh cotton nappies, the collection of soiled ones and their subsequent laundering in West Central Scotland. The environmental ethos of the company is to reduce landfill through minimising the "disposable" nappy mountain, where a single disposable nappy takes 200-500 years to break down in landfill. To date the company has prevented about 65 tonnes of nappy waste going to landfill.

Yell's environmental policy is reducing the environmental impact of its core product - The Yellow Pages Directory. The Yellow Woods Challenge is an exciting new schools recycling competition that in the first six months has diverted an average 7.5 tonnes of Yellow Pages away from Landfill.

The most innovative and inspirational entry out of those shortlisted will be announced shortly.