Green Infrastructure Project of the Year

The net zero transition is, at its heart, an infrastructure challenge. The Green Infrastructure Project of the Year is open to any infrastructure project that aims to curb environmental impacts while delivering state of the art services to the public. The criteria cover, but are not limited to, smart grid, smart city, public transport, water infrastructure, and/or ecosystem services and natural capital initiatives. The judges are looking for projects that have taken clear steps to prioritise environmental performance and deliver the green infrastructure projects that will be critical to the development of a genuinely sustainable, net zero emission economy. The best entries will feature a clear explanation of the project's environmental aims and aspirations, an overview of the progress made over the past 18 months, and evidence demonstrating how the goals are being met. 

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  • What did the project entail and how was it delivered?
  • What environmental benefits have resulted from the project?
  • What lessons can other infrastructure developments take from the project?
  • What challenges did the project have to overcome?

Entrepreneur of the Year

Entrepreneurialism is critical to the success of the green economy and as such the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards is seeking to recognise those business leaders that have stood out over the past 18 months through their successful efforts to build vibrant and innovative green businesses. Open to any entrepreneur who has founded and run a successful green business, the award is aiming to celebrate the best in green entrepreneurship. The judges are looking for an individual who has demonstrated true entrepreneurship and took a risk to build a new, exciting, and innovative green business, and has delivered significant progress over the past year. Successful entrants will be able to demonstrate how they identified a gap in the market, developed a business capable of meeting demand for a new and innovative green product or service, and have since taken successful steps to grow their organisation. 

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  • What successes has the candidate enjoyed in the past 18 months?
  • How have they helped to advance the green economy and the net zero transition?
  • What evidence can they provide of their entrepreneurial abilities and innovations?
  • How has the candidate worked with colleagues and partners to build a successful green business?

Green Building Project of the Year

The UK's climate goals cannot be met without a rapid overhaul of the country's building stock. The Green Building Project of the Year Award aims to recognise the most innovative and inspiring green building projects, which have pioneered new designs, techniques, and technologies in pursuit of improved environmental performance. The judges are looking for highly innovative and inspiring projects delivered over the past 18 months that have demonstrate how the highest environmental credentials also serve to boost a building's efficiency, performance, and attractiveness. The best entries will showcase the project and its green credentials, providing detailed data on its environmental characteristics, and an explanation of how the project was conceived and delivered.

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  • How was the project instigated?
  • What innovations were deployed as part of the project?
  • What environmental and commercial benefits have resulted from the project?
  • How has the project been received by stakeholders?

Consultancy of the Year

Open to any consultancy or advisory firm that has helped organisations deliver substantial and quantifiable improvements in their environmental and commercial performance over the past year. The judges are looking for innovative thinking and a commitment to promoting fundamental changes in business models that help clients prepare for the technological and economic transitions that define the green economy. Successful entries will show how green consultancies have helped clients navigate emerging trends and embrace the new technologies and techniques that drive green performance improvements, while also helping to promote new thinking on how to overcome environmental challenges. 

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  • How has the consultancy helped its clients curb their environmental impacts and transition towards cleaner business models?
  • What examples can the consultancy provide of successful projects that have enhanced environmental and commercial performance?
  • How has the consultancy innovated to drive forward the development of the green economy?
  • How has the consultancy worked to curb its own environmental impacts?

Communications Agency of the Year

Open to any communications, advertising, marketing and/or PR agency that has successfully promoted green businesses and communicated the merits of the green economy and sustainable development over the past 18 months. The judges are looking for an organisation that has significantly raised the profile of its clients' green products, services and/or activities through innovative multi-platform campaigns, while also engaging a wide range of audiences with effective messaging that encourages them to embrace more sustainable products and behaviours. The strongest entries will showcase the agency's approach to communicating green messages, provide clear evidence of the successful campaigns it has orchestrated, and demonstrate how it works to enhance its own environmental performance. 

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  • How has the agency supported the green economy?
  • What successful green campaigns has the agency delivered?
  • How has the agency worked to build public support for the net zero transition and green economy?
  • How has the agency worked to curb its own environmental impacts?

Politician of the Year *Nominations welcome*

This special award will go to the politician who has done the most to advance the cause of the green economy in the past year. The winner of the award will be selected by the BusinessGreen team with input from our judging panel. However, if you would like to nominate a politician who you think is particularly deserving of the BusinessGreen Politician of the Year accolade then comments on their merits will be taken into consideration.

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Green Packaging Project of the Year

The war on plastic waste has triggered a tidal wave of green packaging innovation as companies have rushed to develop innovative new approaches to slashing the environmental impact of their products. The annual Green Packaging Project of the Year Award aims to recognise the designs and innovations released in the past 18 months that have most effectively demonstrated the benefits from greener packaging. The judges are looking for projects that have both delivered demonstrable environmental gains while addressing all aspects of the packaging value chain.

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  • How was the project instigated?
  • What innovations were deployed to tackle packaging waste?
  • What challenges did the project have to overcome?
  • How much waste has been saved as a result of the project?
  • How was the new packaging received by customers?

Innovation of the Year Award

One of our most coveted awards, innovation of the year is open to any project or product that has demonstrated genuine innovation in the pursuit of improved environmental performance over the past year. The judges are looking for a technology, service, or business model that promises to deliver significant environmental gains, be it through deep cuts in greenhouse emissions, energy use, water consumption, waste production, biodiversity impacts, and/or other improvements. The strongest entries will showcase a genuinely unique technology, service and/or business model that challenges current business thinking, promises tangible environmental benefits, and has clear potential to tackle a pressing environmental issue. They will explain how the technology, service and/or business model was developed, detail how it is being used, and provide information on plans for its future deployment. 

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  • What does the innovation entail and how was it delivered?
  • How does the innovation differ from other approached in the market?
  • What was the impact of the innovation and how is it delivering environmental benefits?
  • How much potential does the innovation have for wider adoption?

Leader of the Year | *Entries & nominations*

Who should be named the BusinessGreen Leader of the Year 2021? We are seeking nominations for a CEO or senior executive who has driven the development and adoption of more sustainable business models and/or cutting edge environmental initiatives over the past 18 months. The judges are looking to commend an inspiring leader who has not only been instrumental in driving positive environmental change at their organisation, but has also helped to make the wider case for the accelerated development of a green economy. The strongest contenders will provide clear evidence of the successful initiatives and programmes they have led, provide an impression of their commitment to and understanding of green business issues, and demonstrate how they have helped colleagues and peers embrace green business models and policies. 

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  • How did the nominee's leadership deliver for their organisation?
  • What leadership qualities did the nominee demonstrate?
  • What evidence is there of the nominee's successful leadership?
  • How did their leadership help to advance the wider green economy?

Sustainability Executive of the Year | *Entries & nominations*

The annual Sustainability Executive of the Year Award aims to recognise those champions of the green economy that drive environmental progress in their organisation each and every day. Open to any executive working to promote and deliver corporate sustainability improvements and drive the development of the green economy, the award aims to celebrate the individuals who are at the heart of efforts to deliver truly sustainable business models and environmental performance improvements. The judges are looking for entrants who have led the delivery of successful sustainability programmes over the past year, working closely with colleagues and partners to develop and execute effective environmental initiatives. Leading entrants will provide an overview of their role and responsibilities, detail how they instigated and executed sustainability initiatives over the past year, and explore how they are contributing to the development of the wider green economy. 

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  • What does the nominee's role entail and how have they gone about delivering on it over the past 18 months?
  • What successes have they enjoyed in their role?
  • How have they worked with colleagues and partners to deliver on their green goals?
  • How have they supported the development of the wider green economy?
  • What can others learn from their work?

Manufacturer of the Year

Open to manufacturers that have taken steps to cut their environmental impact and support the transition to a greener economy, this award will celebrate those innovative organisations that are pioneering green manufacturing best practices and principles, and/or producing new clean technologies and products. The judges are looking for manufacturers who have taken proactive steps to enhance the efficiency and/or improve the environmental performance of their operations, while embracing new clean technologies or approaches. The best entries will include a clear explanation of the steps your organisation has taken in the past year, an insight into the rationale for your green measures, and detailed information and/or data on the environmental gains that have resulted. 

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  • How has the business taken steps to curb its environmental impact?
  • How has it embraced green best practices?
  • How is it supporting the wider net zero transition?
  • What has the response been to the company's environmental efforts?

Marketing/Advertising Campaign of the Year

Open to any business that has successfully promoted green products, services, or achievements to customers, prospective customers, and/or stakeholders over the past year. Successful entrants will demonstrate an inspiring green marketing and/or advertising campaign that resonates with its target audience and has clearly led to increased customer or stakeholder engagement. The judges are looking for highly innovative green messaging that avoids marketing clichés and identifies new and effective approaches for driving demand for green businesses. The best entries will provide an insight into the campaign's backstory, clearly set out what the campaign was trying to achieve and the techniques it used to deliver on its goals, and provide compelling data demonstrating its effectiveness. 

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  • What did the campaign aim to achieve and how did it deliver on its goals?
  • What creative approaches did the campaign take to deliver effective messaging?
  • What evidence is there of the campaign's success?
  • How was the campaign received by its target audience and wider stakeholders?

Energy Efficiency Project of the Year

Open to any project that has successfully delivered significant energy efficiency gains over the past 18 months, in the process highlighting the wide range of benefits associated with energy efficiency improvements. The judges are looking for ambitious projects that have deployed innovative technologies, techniques, and/or financial models to improve the energy efficiency of buildings, infrastructure, and/or transport systems. The most compelling entries will provide an overview of how the project was delivered, clear metrics detailing the energy efficiency gains that resulted, and an insight into how the project could prove a trailblazer for wider efficiency improvements.  

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  • How was the project instigated and what did it aim to deliver?
  • What innovative technologies and techniques did the project deploy to deliver on its goals?
  • What evidence is there of the project's success?
  • What can other projects learn from the experience?

Young Sustainability Executive of the Year | *Entries & nominations*

Open to any green professional under the age of 35 who has helped to drive substantial environmental improvements across their organisation and/or the wider green economy. This award is looking for innovative young thinkers who have served to raise the profile of green issues, developed exciting new ideas to tackle environmental problems, and are on track to play a high profile role in the future development of the low carbon economy. Leading entrants will highlight their main sustainability achievements, demonstrate how they have made an invaluable contribution to their organisation, and showcase how they are helping to drive wider progress in the green economy as a whole. Over the past decade many of the young sustainability executives recognised by the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards have gone on to have stellar careers in the green economy. Could you be one of this year's finalists? 

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Circular Economy Project of the Year

The Circular Economy has moved from concept to viable business model in recent years and this award aims to recognise those businesses that pushed the approach into the mainstream. Open to any project that has pioneered genuine circular economy thinking, in the process curbing waste levels and creating circular resource flows in accordance with the waste hierarchy. The judges are looking for innovative projects that have not just reduced overall waste levels, but have demonstrated the viability of circular economy models and services, delivering broader financial and competitive benefits to an organisation or community and helping to engage a range of stakeholders with circular economy issues in the process.

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  • How does the project support the development of a circular economy?
  • How has the project enhanced resource efficiency and delivered material savings?
  • What innovations has the project demonstrated?
  • How as the project been received by customers and stakeholders? 

Lifetime Achievement Award *Nominations welcome*

This special award will go to a green business leader who worked to advance the cause of the green economy throughout their entire career. The winner of the award will be selected by the BusinessGreen team with input from our judging panel. However, if you would like to nominate a green business figure who you think is particularly deserving of the BusinessGreen Lifetime Achievement Award then comments on their merits will be taken into consideration. 

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ESG Investor of the Year

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) is one of the defining trends for the investment industry in recent years, providing investors with the opportunity to mobilise support for greener industries and reduce exposure to unsustainable business practices. This award is open to any investor with a UK presence that is proactively taking steps to enhance their ESG products and credentials. The judges are looking for investors who can demonstrate how over the past 18 months they have successfully enacted ESG policies and evolved their investment strategy to support the green economy and tackle environmental and climate risks. The leading entries will provide a clear explanation of the company's ESG strategy and activities, evidence of how effective the strategy has proven, and an insight into how the investor has helped to drive greener business practices and improved climate risk management across its portfolio.

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  • How would you summarise the firm's ESG investment strategy?
  • How has the strategy delivered commercial and environmental gains?
  • How has the firm helped advance the wider ESG sector?
  • How has the firm engaged with other stakeholders to deliver environmental gains?

Sustainability Team of the Year

Open to any sustainability team that has delivered significant and quantifiable environmental improvements for their business over the past year, helping to drive the transition to a greener economy in the process. This award aims to recognise teams that have had a clear impact on their wider organisation, raising awareness of green issues amongst colleagues, enhancing business competitiveness, and delivering tangible operational and environmental improvements. The judges will be looking for evidence of effective team-work, innovative promotion of sustainability strategies, and effective execution of green projects. Successful entrants will detail the sustainability projects the team has worked on over the past year, provide insight on how the projects were delivered, and offer evidence of how the team is at the cutting edge of sustainability thinking for its sector. 

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  • What projects has the team successfully delivered over the past 18 months?
  • How have they effectively worked together and with the wider business to deliver on their green goals?
  • How has the team innovated to deliver successful environmental and commercial initiatives?
  • What can others learn from their work?

Company of the Year

BusinessGreen's flagship award is open to any business with a UK presence that has embodied the values and advanced the cause of the green economy and the net zero transition over the past 18 months. The judges are not looking for perfection, but they do want to hear from organisations that are genuinely committed to developing new and more sustainable ways of doing business, and can demonstrate tangible progress towards ambitious environmental and sustainable development goals. The best entries will provide detailed evidence of the initiatives they are undertaking to reduce their environmental impacts, develop new clean technologies, products, and services, instil an environmentally-engaged working culture, and promote the wider green economy. 

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  • How has the company embodied the values of the green economy?
  • What examples can the company provide of successful green projects and innovations?
  • How has the company supported the economy-wide net zero transition?
  • How has the company worked with employees and stakeholders to promote more sustainable business models?

Small Business of the Year

This award is open to any business employing fewer than 100 people that is committed to playing a leading role in the low carbon transition through the development of new green products and services and/or the pioneering of sustainable business and operating models. The judges are looking for firms that over the past 18 months have demonstrated how they are looking to enhance their environmental performance across their operations and promote the importance of greener business models. Successful entrants will explain their rationale for pursuing sustainable business models, detail the steps they have taken to improve their environmental performance, provide clear evidence of their success, and showcase how they are seeking to catalyse green gains across the wider economy. 

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  • How has the business taken steps to reduce its environmental impacts?
  • How is it supporting the net zero transition and the development of the green economy?
  • How it is engaging employees, customers, and other stakeholders in its environmental efforts?
  • How have the company's environmental efforts been received?

Transport Project of the Year

Open to any project that has served to cut the environmental impact of transport activities in the past year, be it through improved efficiency, reduced air pollution, lower carbon emissions, and/or other means. This award will recognise innovative and effective transport projects that have delivered new technologies or ways of working in order to successfully tackle the environmental and social costs associated with our transport infrastructure. The best entries will provide clear evidence of environmental savings, detail the business case for the project and explain how it was delivered, and explore how the wider transport sector can build on the project's success.

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  • How was the project instigated and delivered?
  • What environmental and wider economic benefits has the project delivered?
  • How has the project been received?
  • What can others learn from the project and the way it was delivered?

Renewable Energy Project of the Year

Renewable energy is the lifeblood of the green economy and this year's Renewable Energy Project Award aims to recognise those developments that have best demonstrated the cutting-edge innovation that defines the sector. The award is open to any renewable energy project delivered by an organisation with a UK presence that has demonstrated a wide range of the environmental and economic benefits associated with clean energy deployment and development. The judges are looking for renewable energy projects of any scale that deliver technical innovation, effective community and stakeholder engagement, and green jobs. The best entries will provide a clear picture of how the project was developed and delivered, metrics on its performance, and a sense of how the project can act as an exemplar for future developments. 

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  • How was the project instigated and delivered?
  • What environmental and economic benefits has the project resulted in?
  • How were steps taken to minimise environmental impacts and maximise benefits?
  • What lessons can other projects learn from the initiative?

Employee Engagement Campaign of the Year

Open to any business, large or small, that has made a concerted effort to engage employees in green behaviour change and emissions and waste reduction initiatives over the past year. The judges are looking for ambitious, innovative, and effective programmes that have raised awareness of environmental issues and demonstrably led to environmental performance improvements across the organisation. Leading entries will explain how the campaign was developed and what it aimed to achieve, demonstrate how barriers to employee engagement have been overcome, and show how support for green best practices amongst colleagues has been secured and maintained. 

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  • What did the campaign aim to achieve and how did it deliver on its goals?
  • What creative approaches did the campaign take to deliver effective messaging?
  • What evidence is there of the campaign's success?
  • How was the campaign received by its target audience and wider stakeholders?

The Net Zero Strategy of the Year

The past year has seen the pursuit of net zero emissions move firmly into the mainstream following the UK's adoption of a legally-binding net zero target. Ahead of this year's Net Zero Festival, the Net Zero Strategy of the Year Award is open to any business that has unveiled a new emission reduction strategy in the past 18 months that supports the UK's wider net zero goals. The judges are looking for plans that incorporate clear and ambitious emissions reduction targets and a credible strategy for moving the business onto a net zero emission decarbonisation trajectory.

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  • How were your net zero targets set and how have ensured that they are credible and ambitious?
  • How was the wider net zero strategy developed?
  • What steps have been taken to deliver on the strategy?
  • How will progress against the targets be monitored?
  • How does the strategy support the economy-wide net zero emissions goal?

Nature-based Project of the Year – New for 2021

The need to reform the relationship between nature and business is one of the defining challenges of the net zero transition. This new award is open to any business-backed project that aims to protect and enhance nature. Whether the project is part of a CSR programme, a sustainable supply chain initiative, or a credible carbon offset programme, the judges are looking for innovative projects that deliver effective environmental gains, boost biodiversity, and bolster natural capital. The best entries will include a clear overview of how and why the project was developed, the business' role within it, and how it contributes to a wider understanding of the vital importance of nature. 

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  • How was the project developed and delivered?
  • How did the organisation work with partners and other stakeholders to deliver the project?
  • What evidence is there of the project's success?
  • What can others learn from the project and can it be replicated more widely?