M&S has scored a double whammy at this year’s Green Business Awards.
The company scooped the top prize in the Carbon Emissions Ambitions category and also the ultimate Green Business of the Year.
In the Carbon Emissions Ambitions contest is beat runners-up Logica, Tesco and Vodafone. Among the feats that impressed judges was the fact that since 1987 M&S has cut its single-use plastic bags by 400m a year.
In winning the Green Business of the Year, the judges said the energy-saving programme put in place by M&S, called Plan A, was “holistic – it embraces the whole company’s culture as well as suppliers and customers”.
BT took top prize in the Carbon Emissions performance category. The company has cut its carbon intensity by 54% since 1997 and wants that figure to reach 80% by 2020.
Low Carbon Product of the Year went to powerPerfector’s voltage power optimisation technology.
The company saw off competition from the Dyson’s airblade, BOC and Clear Channel. Judges were impressed at the technology’s return on investment, describing it as “spectacularly high compared to most energy efficiency or alternative energy generation projects”.
powerPerfector chief executive Angus Robertson said: “This caps a remarkable few years for the company. We’re growing fast because we have a product that really works. This is a well respected awards ceremony and the judging panel is made up of some very knowledgeable environmentalists and energy experts. So to win, in an extremely competitive category, is an achievement that makes me immensely proud.”