Green Light environmental awards: winners announced

16 May 2007

A sanctuary for rare birds in the financial heart of London, an effective integrated sustainability strategy and a home-grown ‘green guide’ to thousands of IT and office products will tomorrow be celebrated as the first-ever winners of Kyocera’s Green Light Environmental Awards.

Created by the printer and copier manufacturer Kyocera Mita to complement its annual Green Card conference, the awards set out to recognise individual and corporate environmental achievements in three categories: private sector, public sector, and the IT/Office Products sales channel.

The awards will be presented at 3.30pm tomorrow, (Wednesday, 17 May) at the end of Kyocera’s 6th Green Card conference, which this year is taking place at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham in conjunction with the 2006 Environmental Technology exhibition.

Gary Meades, Environmental Affairs Manager at British Airways, will present the awards, Judging was performed by Adrian Harding, policy adviser on producer responsibility at the Environment Agency; Rob Holdway, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce; Simon Quicke, editor of the IT channel magazine Microscope; and Boyd Butler, marketing manager at Reading Football Club.

The winners
Private sector: Barclays Bank plc
Project: Green Sky Thinking

All too aware of the need to act (and be seen to be acting) responsibly, when Barclays Bank decided to relocate to a new worldwide headquarters in Canary Wharf, it realised it needed to factor in a lot more than considerations of the building’s aesthetic appeal. The judges agreed that Barclays had shown that environmental factors were at the heart of the project from its inception. Of particular note was the bank’s decision to use the building’s roof space as a habitat for birds and insects – particularly the black redstart, one of the UK’s most endangered bird species.

Contact for more information: Michael O’Toole, Barclays Bank, tel 020 7116 6137

Public Sector: North Glamorgan NHS Trust for Healthy Futures
Project: Integrated Sustainability Strategy

Often to be found in the front line when it comes to promoting energy efficiency, environmental awareness and ‘sustainability’, public sector organisations face a special responsibility to practice what they preach. In south Wales, the North Glamorgan NHS Trust has shown it understands this in its development and implementation of an integrated sustainability strategy that takes practical, achievable steps towards meeting NHS objectives on the sustainable use and management of energy, waste, transport and procurement. To retain public support, the strategy clearly put people first, with measures designed to improve the comfort levels of patients and NHS staff, whilst reducing negative environmental impacts, such as greenhouse gas emissions and landfill waste.

Contact for more information: Peter White, North Glamorgan NHS Trust, tel 01685 728769

IT/Office Products channel: Office2Office plc
Project: ‘Globe & Tick’

Originally conceived in 1995 when the Company, (then known as Banner Business Supplies), introduced the first few products with enhanced environmental credentials, the Globe & Tick scheme run by office2office has become widely recognised as an honest, independent and comprehensive ‘green’ guide to nearly 1,000 different office products. Even today, many products come with little or no information on their environmental credentials, making it that much harder for users to stick to an ‘ethical’ purchasing policy. The idea behind the Globe & Tick scheme was to provide detailed product and product life-cycle evaluations that would be beyond most customers’ resources to produce themselves – all contained within the “Green Guide” cataogue. What impressed the judges most about the Globe & Tick scheme was its scope, level of detail, and strict impartiality.

Contact for more information: Lorraine Calvey, (Golley Slater PR) tel: 020 8744 2630

About the Kyocera Green Card Network

Created in 2001, Green Card is a free, web-based environmental information network for customers and associates of Kyocera Mita (UK) Ltd. Part of Kyocera’s wider commitment to promoting environmentally responsible business, the network aims to tell members about environmentally responsible office practices, relevant legislation and Kyocera Mita’s own environmental sustainability practices.

Within the network is a wide variety of organisations and individuals who are committed to minimising the impact of their business’s activities on the environment. Kyocera itself is continually seeking to improve its own work in this area, and welcomes approaches from individuals and groups who feel that they may be able to add value to the network’s activities.

Enquiries
Pat Pascoe, Relationship manager, Kyocera Mita (UK) Ltd
Tel: 0118 923 0717 (office) 07785 316607 (mobile)
Email: pat.pascoe@kyoceramita.co.uk

Or

Stephen Powers, PR, Kyocera Mita (UK) Ltd
Tel: 0118 923 0720
Email: stephen.powers@kyoceramita.co.uk


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