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Firms honoured for green credentials at environmental awards
YORK last night played host to the region’s inaugural environmental awards with a number of the city’s businesses rewarded for their green credentials.
Held at the Park Inn Hotel, the Investors in the Environment Awards Ceremony saw the scheme’s member firms gain Bronze, Silver or Green status for their work to reduce their carbon footprint.
The Investors in the Environment scheme has seen a surge in members, including City of York Council and Yorkshire Water, since its launch last summer.
It is managed and delivered by Yorkshire Energy Partnership, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
Last night’s awards saw Escrick-based business advice and accountancy company Numerical Therapy honoured with the top-level Green accreditation.
The business, which operates under the name CGA, also won a special Business Achievement award on the night.
Stacey McVeighty, director at Numerical Therapy, said: “We’re so proud to have achieved this award so soon into our membership.
“It shows the level of commitment we have to reducing our carbon footprint and our impact on the environment.
“We have worked hard to reduce our impact on the environment and it’s really paid off.
“Our accreditation is proof that, with a bit of hard work, you can reduce your costs and boost your green credentials at the same time.
“It’s great to meet other like-minded people who have also been accredited or are pledging to take their environmental impact seriously.”
Receiving Bronze status was construction firm Lindum York, based off Blossom Street.
The scheme promises businesses reduced costs and the opportunity to attract new customers.
Laura Backhouse, senior project co-ordinator at Investors in the Environment, said: “We really applaud the work of all our accredited members and we hope more businesses will join.
“It’s the fastest growing environmental scheme in our region for all the right reasons; immediate cost savings, attracting new customers and, most importantly, reducing the business’s environmental impact. Congratulations to everyone involved.”.
Hugh Cripps, chief executive at Yorkshire Energy Partnership, is keen for both large and small businesses to realise the benefits of the scheme.
He said: “Investors in the Environment is the fastest-growing scheme of its kind in Yorkshire.
“It offers a new green stamp of approval which insists that actual environmental savings are made, rather than just having the right paperwork in place.
“It’s a one-stop-shop to cutting carbon and businesses are quick to see the resulting financial benefits come rolling in.”
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