A dental firm, a fire brigade and a technology company among organisations shortlisted for this year’s Sustainable City Awards

The shortlist for this year’s Sustainable City Awards, which recognise companies and organisations in London that demonstrate excellence in sustainable development, has been announced.

The Awards, run by the London Sustainability Exchange and funded by the City of London Corporation, is a national ‘green business’ awards scheme that rewards best practice in environmental management and sustainable leadership.

Shortlisted applicants include:

Bio-bean, which has industrialised the process of recycling waste coffee grounds into advanced biofuels and biochemicals, saving money on waste disposal and displacing fossil fuels.

Parcelly, a firm innovating the way that parcels are delivered. They have figured out a more effective way that has a smaller impact on our environment and traffic congestion.

Dearman technologies, which harnesses liquid nitrogen to deliver zero-emission power and cooling. Dearman is developing and demonstrating a portfolio of technologies, products and services, which deliver significant reductions in operating cost, fuel usage and emissions, all at low capital cost.

Established in 2001, the awards attract applications from SMEs and charities to multi-national banks and corporations. For the past 15 years, the Sustainable City Awards has led the way in terms of rewarding the most sustainable practices and business behaviours.

This year’s awards are looking to find the best examples of innovation and good practice, to build a smarter, healthier and more environmentally friendly city.

The six award categories include: Health and Wellbeing, Innovative Technology, Innovative Spaces, Sustainable Transport, The Farsight Award for investment analysis and the Sir Peter Parker Award for leadership.

Peter Lisley, Assistant Town Clerk & Cultural Hub Director at the City of London Corporation, said:

“This year we have had such a range of diverse organisations apply, which really showcases the excellent work in sustainable development that is being done across the City.

“Some of these applicants are doing such innovative and engaging work but it can easily go unnoticed.

“We are privileged to be able to recognise and reward their good practice and all that is being done to make London a healthier and more environmentally friendly City.”

Samantha Heath, Chief Executive of London Sustainability Exchange added:

“London Sustainability Exchange is proud to be part of this prestigious awards scheme once again. Recognising and rewarding our business community for their innovative contributions to sustainability is increasingly important with Brexit on the horizon. We are extremely grateful to the City of London Corporation and thankful to Siemens - last year’s biggest winner - for hosting the event.”

The ceremony will be hosted by Siemens at its ground-breaking technology centre ‘The Crystal’, in Royal Victoria docks, in July.

The City of London Corporation aims to encourage, support and celebrate responsible City businesses, residents and workers to change the lives of hundreds of thousands of Londoners.

It encourages through leading by example with responsible business practices and with CoLC’s charity-funder The City Bridge Trust, London’s biggest independent grant giver, making grants of £20 million a year to tackle disadvantage across the capital.

The City Corporation supports businesses to recruit inclusively, procure responsibly, and encourage employee volunteering, including through the Heart of the City network and through City Philanthropy which aims to encourage a new generation of city workers to give their money, time and talent.

It celebrates responsible businesses with The Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards which reward long-term involvement by London businesses to help local communities and with City Giving Day organised by the Lord Mayor’s Appeal which recognises the contribution of businesses and their employees.



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Notes to editors:

Full shortlist:

1.Health and Wellbeing – For best practice in promoting working environments and cultures which benefit the wellbeing of workers or citizens, e.g. Workspace designs and facilities, social and community initiatives, etc.

  • Bow Lane Dental
  • Brockwell Park Community Greenhouse
  • Clarity
  • Club Soda
  • Cundall
  • Brentford High Street Steering Group
  • Green Works Global Limited
  • Groundwork London
  • Investec bank Plc
  • Nomura International
  • Regent's University London
  • Spice Innovations Ltd
  • St Georges Hospital
  • TTP Recruitment Ltd
  • Vacherin Ltd

2.Innovative spaces – Mitigating the effects of activities on climate change, or adapting operations to reflect the impact of climate change. Best practice to conserve resources in buildings and business, e.g. gas, water, green roof, sustainable drainage, etc.

  • Air Labs
  • Cundall
  • Bio-Bean
  • Brentford High Street Steering Group
  • Brockwell Park Community Greenhouse
  • Green Works Global Limited
  • Greenwich Market
  • Groundwork London
  • Lendlease
  • Premier Workplace Services + Met Police
  • Sustainable Water Industry Group
  • Twipes

3.Innovative Technology – Application of new technology for smarter, more sustainable city life, e.g. Apps to inform behaviours, big data projects, etc.

  • Parcelly
  • Twipes
  • Airlabs
  • Air Public
  • Nio-Bean
  • Clarity
  • Club Soda
  • Dearman Engine Compant
  • Premier Workplace Services + Met Police
  • Regents University London
  • Vacherin Ltd

4.Sustainable Transport – Innovative schemes encouraging sustainable forms of travel, reducing the impact of traffic and transport on the environment, or tackling air pollution, e.g. projects to encourage walking, cycling, public realm enhancement schemes, etc.

  • Commercial Group Ltd
  • DriveNow UK
  • Greenwich Market
  • Investec Bank Plc
  • London Borough of Waltham Forest
  • London Fire Brigade
  • Parcelly
  • Sustrans

5.The Farsight Award - Integrating traditional financial analysis with longer term issues such as climate change, corporate governance and human capital.

  • Sustainalytics
  • Standard and Poor

6. Sir Peter Parker - To the organisation which best demonstrates leadership in sustainability. This organisation will be chosen from the winners and highly commended entries in each of the above categories.

  • Shortlist tbc