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Green swoop for Wessex Water

Wessex Water, UK, December 1, 2011

Wessex Water has been recognised as one of Britain’s greenest companies for a second year running.

Earlier this year the firm announced that it had been shortlisted for two Green Apple awards from the Green Organisation which recognise and promote environmental best practice.

Wessex Water’s catchment management work which involves working closely with farmers and landowners to safeguard raw water quality received a gold award at a prestigious ceremony held at the House of Commons.

And the company’s waste reduction and recycling work which is carried out by its waste-to-energy business GENeco, received the second highest award of ‘National Green Champion’, which had previously been won by Marks and Spencer.

The work which involves reusing and recycling waste that previously went to landfill is helping the company achieve its goal of zero waste to landfill by 2020.

Dr Julian Dennis, Wessex Water’s director of compliance and sustainability, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have received these two, highly commended awards. To have been recognised for these innovative projects shows that we are making a real difference when it comes to environmental best practice.”

Wessex Water’s green initiatives will be published in a nationally recognised environmental publication and the firm is now being considered to represent the UK in the European business awards for the environment.

The company’s green achievements don't just stop there. Last week (Friday 25 November) Wessex Water received a silver award for its catchment management work at the International Green awards, a global award ceremony dedicated to showcasing the best examples of effective, innovative and creative approaches to sustainability from across the globe.

The firm also recently came out on top of all other water companies in a Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) league table.which recognises organisational commitments to reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions. 

Wessex Water said it was thrilled that it was the best performing water company in the league table and added that it had been reporting its sustainability commitments since the 1990s.

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