edie Net-Zero Awards: Judges Masterclass

Event Date: 09/07/2024 1:00 pm

edie Net-Zero Awards: Judges Masterclass

From breakthrough innovations and technological solutions through to industry-leading carbon reduction programmes and ambitious energy management initiatives – this is THE awards scheme to have your decarbonisation efforts and achievements recognised by thousands of businesses and climate experts.

A total of 18 categories have been developed for the second annual Net-Zero Awards. Categories range from the Energy Efficiency Project of the Year and Behaviour Change Campaign of the Year to sector-specifics such as Retailer, Manufacturer and Consultancy of the Year.

Other standout categories include the Net-Zero Strategy of the Year to celebrate ambitious decarbonisations strategies, and the Net-Zero Hero award which will recognise outstanding individual performances when it comes to decarbonising business.

New for this year is a dedicated SME of the Year category, to celebrate the smaller firms taking bold climate action

The Awards are open to all organisations with a UK presence across both the public and private sectors, and of all sizes from SMEs to the large multi-nationals. Winning a Net-Zero Award empowers teams, inspires stakeholders and ultimately accelerates the corporate net-zero transition.

The deadline for award entries is 19 July.


We recently announced our expert judging panel who will be presiding over the entries this year, but exactly what makes an entry stand out?

For this 45-minute masterclass we’ve brought together a selection of judges for the Net-Zero Awards 2024 to answer some of your most pressing questions on what makes a good entry.

Hear from long-standing edie judges who can offer their perspective on what they are looking for in entries in order to wow them ahead of the deadline.


matt mace

  • Matt Mace, editor edie,


elliot cryiax

  • Elliot Cryiax, Head of Strategy and Programmes at Bankers for Net Zero

Elliot is the Head of Strategy and Programmes at Bankers for Net Zero, a non-profit organization bringing together banks, businesses, policymakers and regulators to accelerate sustainable finance flows within different real economy sectors. He is responsible for leading the organisation’s key strategic and operational functions, including overseeing the development of our three sectoral workstreams (SMEs, the built environment and agriculture) and managing our relationships across industry and civil society. Elliot has been recognised by edie in their 30 Under 30 in their 2023 cohort of of bold, innovative young sustainability professionals.  Before joining B4NZ, Elliot held several strategy and operations roles at variety of start-ups across London, including a health-tech firm and a management and data consultancy. 

anya ledwith

Anya Ledwith, Founder of Eshcon Ltd  

Anya Ledwith has a mission to make environmental management the business norm.  Founder of award-winning consultancy Eshcon, for over 25 years Anya has worked with start-ups, fast growth and corporates on ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems (EMS), SECR carbon reporting, Net Zero, carbon neutrality and ESOS energy audits. These help clients embed the environment into core business activities and so give them the results they are looking for: real improvements and commercial benefits.  A long-time judge on the edie Awards, Anya loves hearing about organisations’ stories, challenges and achievements.  


Simon Graham, Head Innovation, De Courcy Alexander

Simon Graham is Head Innovation at De Courcy Alexander. He has spent the last 20 years in sustainable business, launching one of the first net zero programmes, in 2006, and the first integrated zero carbon and zero waste operations in the UK. Recipient of more than 20 national and international awards, he was the subject of case studies published in New Scientist and the Observer. 

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