After joining forces to do their bit for the planet, two companies with a big Welsh presence are supporting those across the country who have also stood up for the environment.
Western Power Distribution (WPD) and GPT Environmental Management Services will be co-presenting sponsors of the National Environmental Awards this year.
Some 13 awards will be handed out in a glitzy ceremony on Thursday July 14 – and there’s still time to name your environmental heroes who deserve recognition for their hard work.
First held last year when the event went online due to Covid, individuals and companies including Salix Finance, Anglesea Sea Zoo and Coleg Gwent were among the winners.
On this occasion, two companies that have established a strong environmental partnership support the awards as main co-sponsors while supporting the Environmental Leader Award.
The Active Creosote Extraction project – known as ACE – is part of a commitment by WPD and GPT to a sustainable, low-carbon future.
Normally, the wooden poles used by WPD are treated with creosote to preserve the wood, which means that they cannot be classified as non-hazardous end-of-life waste.
However, the ACE project aims to replace the high-temperature incineration process with a more environmentally friendly solution, using an innovative, carbon-friendly extraction technique.
This removes creosote to levels that allow the poles to be treated as non-hazardous waste, allowing the wood to be safely reused.
The £1.46 million scheme is funded by the Network Innovation Allowance (NIA).
“Western Power Distribution is the electricity distributor for South Wales,” said Michael Clarke, WPD’s corporate communications manager.
“Our staff are committed to ensuring that the electricity network of poles, pylons, cables, wires and substations provides electricity to our homes and businesses around the clock.
“As a major employer in South Wales, we believe we have a responsibility to play an active and comprehensive role in the communities we serve, which is why we support initiatives such as the Environmental Awards.
“WPD is committed to reducing its impact on the environment and accelerating the transition to low-carbon technologies.
“Over the past year, we have made significant progress publishing our environmental strategy, achieving zero landfill in three of our license areas and continuing to reduce our company’s carbon footprint losses from filled cables. of fluid and SF6 leaks.
“We also successfully maintained our ISO14001 certification and responsible environmental management.
“We strive to meet our stakeholders’ expectations for zero emissions and environmental responsibility, by continuing to reduce our environmental impact and decarbonize our business operations.
“We believe these awards are important as they provide a great opportunity to recognize, encourage and reward local businesses/community members who have made a difference through environmental initiatives to benefit the region.
“These people are truly inspiring and a credit to the community.
“We would like to congratulate all the nominees and wish them good luck with the awards.”
Meanwhile Sam Chick of GPT, based in Bridgend, added: “We are delighted to be sponsoring the National Environmental Awards alongside Western Power Distribution.
“As a society, it is essential that we reverse the trend of climate change and these awards celebrate the individuals and organizations who go above and beyond to achieve this challenge.
“Achieving net zero can only be achieved by advancing innovations and making real changes to the way we operate.
“Our WPD-supported advanced creosote extraction trial is an example of a world-first innovation that could be used around the world to deliver huge carbon reductions.”
For sponsorship opportunities, call Events Manager Cathy Parsons on 01633 777126 or email [email protected]