This year London Sustainability Exchange were proud to partner with City of London to deliver the 15th annual Sustainable City Awards. Nicknamed the "Green Oscars", this event leads the way in terms of recognition of great, sustainable projects not only in London, but across the whole of the UK. After a thoroughly enjoyable awards ceremony presented by Alderman Dame Fiona Woolf DBE and Samantha Heath, CEO of LSx, we would like to congratulate ClientEarth - our overall winners - and each and every one of the winners, runners-up and highly commendable entries from all other categories. A special mention also to Siemens' The Crystal, which swept up 4 awards! Please do follow the links to find out more about the winning organisations.
Sustainable Finance - WHEB Asset Management
WHEB Asset Management’s ‘FP WHEB Sustainability Fund’ is a public equity fund, which they invest exclusively in listed companies around the world that meet their definition of providing ‘Solutions to Sustainability Challenges'. This means that they invest in a unique combination of social and environmental themes including cleaner energy, education, environmental services, healthcare, resource efficiency, safety, sustainable transport, water management and well-being.
Travel and Transport - London Borough of Waltham Forest
Waltham Forest was one of three Outer-London boroughs to secure £27 million ‘Mini-Holland’ funding. The project aims to dramatically improve cycling conditions by March 2018, and is one of the ways in which the Borough hopes to address the issues associated with traffic and congestion.
The Programme draws on international best practice and has been devised to support sustainable growth and regeneration, and improve quality of life for all who live, work and travel through the Borough.
The programme is aimed at encouraging modal shift from private cars to cycling and walking, through redesigning roadspace and creating new public spaces .
It is hoped that the investment will support a 10% mode share for cycling by 2020.
Responsible Waste Management - GENeco
GenEco’s main site in Bristol processes 35,000 tonnes of inedible food waste and 600,000 metres cubed of commercial liquid waste per annum, in addition to dealing with domestic sewage from over 1.1 million people in the surrounding area. All of these wastes contribute to biogas production and divert huge quantities of material from landfill or incineration.
In less than a year, GenEco have completed the design and build of the UK’s first commercial Gas to Grid supply of biomethane produced from food waste, commercial liquid waste and domestic sewage.
When operating at full capacity, the Gas to Grid plant is capable of producing enough enriched biomethane to supply 8,300 homes.
Resource Conservation - Siemens' The Crystal
The Crystal, built in 2012, contributes to resource conservation in a variety of ways.
Being an all-electric building, the Crystal operates at 70% less carbon emissions than comparable buildings. It is a zero-to-landfill building, in that all waste is either recycled or sent to a specialised plant to be burnt for energy.
Solar panels on the roof create roughly 20% of the building’s energy, while the rest is sourced from the London Array wind farm.
7km of ground-source heat pumps under the building mean that water can be heated without using any power at all, while thermal wheels are able to trap heat escaping from the building and redirect it into the building, further reducing heating costs.
The building also has a rain water harvesting system and grey water management plant, treating water that can then be used as drinking water and for WC flushing across the site.
Sustainable Buildings - Siemens' The Crystal
As well as all the innovative resource conservation technology that The Crystal incorporates, there are also a variety of other sustainable features included which make this a sustainable building.
It was the first building in the world to gain the highest ratings in both LEED (Platinum) and BREEAM (Outstanding); the world's two leading accreditation bodies for sustainable buildings.
The Crystal is equipped with a state-of-the-art Building Management System to intelligently monitor its own temperature and energy usage.
It also houses the world’s largest interactive exhibition on Urban Sustainability and the world’s most sustainable event space.
Together, they make up an establishment which not only set standards for green buildings of the future, but also educates the community and its visitors on the importance of sustainable technology in future cities.
Farsight Award - Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank’s research report -“The Logistics of Supply Chain Alpha”- has leveraged a unique dataset that provides over ten years of history on supply chain relationships, and explores predictive signals using information about a company’s upstream suppliers and downstream customers including stock returns, fundamentals, and number of linkages.
By following goods as they move through the supply chain, the authors find that stock selection signals based on supply chain data contain significant alpha.
Tackling Climate Change - Siemens' The Crystal
The Crystal demonstrates some of Siemens technology that can contribute to sustainable city living, including a range of energy efficient features which contribute to tackling climate change.
Building Sustainable Communties - Age UK Lewisham and Southwark
Stones End Day Centre has been providing a day care support for older adults with care and support needs in a socially deprived area since 1984.
They assist around 80 older people every week by reducing their isolation and giving them the opportunity to meet their peers, take part in therapeutic activities and have a freshly cooked hot lunch.
Stones End Day Centre aims for its members to have a good quality of life and to be active for as long as possible, by creating opportunities for fun and stimulating days, in and out of the centre.
By offering a safe, caring and friendly place to come to, the volunteers at Stones End help prevent breakdown in caring relationships, as well as reduce hospital and residential care admissions.
Air Quality - ClientEarth
Client Earth uses the law to hold authorities all over Europe to account, ensuring they enforce environmental legislation that protects the public. Through their clean air project, they make sure everyone has the right to breathe clean air.
In April 2015, Client Earth won a 5 year legal battle against the UK government, over their ongoing failure to comply with EU limits for nitrogen dioxide which they should have met in 2010.
The Court ordered the government to take immediate action and draw up new air quality plans, to meet the limits as quickly as possible.
The Government’s plans cover not only the 16 zones in the legal case but also the other 22 areas still breaking air pollution legal limits.
Health and Wellbeing - Nomura
Nomura know that the good health of employees is vital if companies are to ensure that staff remain at peak productivity. This is why their new headquarters building at Angel Lane offers a wealth of facilities and services for the 3,600 staff that work there.
• four eating areas;
• a state of the art gym;
• private consultation rooms where employees can visit a nurse, doctor, dentist, counsellor or occupational health specialist;
• a bicycle bay (including a maintenance area, lockers and showers); and
• even a kitchen garden on the roof terrace.
When this is combined with regular health education and screening programmes, our judges felt that Nomura set a very high bar for other employers to emulate.
Sustainable Places - Siemens' The Crystal
Aside from the sustainable credentials of the building itself, the Crystal’s community activities also contribute to developing sustainability awareness within the local community.
The community garden, apart from supporting local bio-diversity, has also been used in their Urban Orchard project, whereby local families are invited to use the space to grow plants and herbs of their choice if they do not have a garden of their own.
They also work with local schools - recent childrens’ projects include an Up-Cycling Workshop.
On-site electric charging stations for 12 cars are provided and the Crystal café and event catering team source all ingredients within 10 miles of the building where possible.
The Crystal’s Exhibition of Urban Sustainability inspires its visitors to lead more sustainable lives and consciously engage with green issues.
Sir Peter Parker - GENeco
GENeco are responsible for the marvellous BioBus. The bus, which can do 300km on a full tank, runs on food, sewage and commercial liquid wastes converted into biomethane. The widespread use of gas-powered vehicles also has the potential to significantly improve urban air quality, reducing harmful pollutants by 80-90%. This is an exciting concept indeed.
GENeco themselves have a successful track record for offering cost effective, sustainable solutions for their organic waste. They work to help their customers become more sustainable and reduce if not eliminate their dependence on landfill.
Overall Winner - ClientEarth