Sustainability Leaders Awards 2022: Shortlist of finalists revealed

The Sustainability Leaders Awards ceremony

Now in its 15th year, the world’s largest sustainable business awards scheme champions bold and brilliant climate leadership. From the best net-zero carbon programmes through to cutting-edge product innovations – winning an edie Award empowers teams, inspires stakeholders and accelerates sustainable business growth.

Our panel of 30 expert judges recently convened for a full day of judging where they whittled down more than 300 entries to a shortlist of 135 finalists across 23 categories. This includes some new categories that were added to widen the scope of the 2022 Awards – including the Partnership & Collaboration of the Year, and the Nature & Biodiversity Project of the Year.  

The Sustainability Leaders Awards ceremony, which will reveal our winners, takes place as an in-person event at the Park Plaza London Westminster hotel on Wednesday 2 February 2022. It is highly recommended that you book your place at the Awards before the early-bird booking rate expires on 10 December (premium tables are limited).

Congratulations to our Sustainability Leaders Awards finalists, listed below.

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2022: The finalists

Building/Infrastructure Project of the Year
Canary Wharf Group – Wood Wharf
ClimateCare and 14Trees – 14Trees Sustainable Building in Malawi
Eurovia UK – Wendover Bypass
British Land’s 100 Liverpool Street (100LPS)
Orchard Street Investment Management – Communication Park

Building Transparency – Embodies Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3)


Business of the Year
Octopus Energy
RSK Group
Suzano S.A.
The Midcounties Co-operative
Willmott Dixon

Business Leader of the Year
Mike Bullock, Corps Security
Kevin Chin, Arowana and VivoPower
Jason Danciger, Hana Group
Carmen Ene, 3stepIT
Atli Gregersen, Hiddenfjord
Richard Hagan, Crystal Doors
Simon Peacock, JLL
Alison Rose, NatWest Group
Nicola Stopps, Simply Sustainable

Circular Economy Innovation of the Year
JLL’s North West Office Fitout
Microsoft Corporation – Circularity at Scale
Protec International – Proplex ClosedLoop Remanufacturing Scheme
Skinflint – Full Circle buy-back scheme
Tarkett – 100% recycled homogeneous flooring
TES – Sustainable Technology Lifecycle Solutions
The Co-op – Project Closed Loop II
Walgreens Boots Alliance – Recycle at Boots Takeback Scheme for Hard-to-Recycle Health, Beauty and Wellness Packaging and Containers

Consultancy of the Year
Anthesis Group
Arcus Consultancy Services (an ERM Group Company)
Barley Communications
Carbon Intelligence
Hudson Sandler
Lex Autolease
Quantum Consumer Solutions
Simply Sustainable

Consumer Engagement/Marketing Campaign of the Year
Hubbub, Ellipsis Earth, McDonald’s and Barley Communications – Neat Streets
BiU and Content Coms – The Energy Advice Hub
Colchester Borough Council – CAReless Pollution
Heineken UK – Inch’s Cider – Turning Apple waste into Green Energy – Go the extra Inch’s
ITV – The Shows We Never Want To Make
Ulker Biskuvi San. A.S. – The Nature is Entrusted to Us
Utilita’s Energy High 5 campaign

Employee engagement and behaviour change Initiative of the Year
CBRE All Greens
Colt Technology Services Employee Engagement
EY Eco-Innovators
GSK SUPR programme
NatWest Group Sustainable Futures Network (SFN)
Ulker Biskuvi San. A.S. Behavioural Sustainability Management
WWF-UK and Silverback Films – Our Planet: Too Big To Fail

Energy Management Project of the Year
Aviva – Smart Building Optimisation
Dialight – OQ Chemicals Case Study
Powerstar – Overcoming Electricity Grid Constraints
UK Power Networks – Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS)
YES Energy Solutions – The North Yorkshire Warm Homes Fund

ESG Investor of the Year
Clim8 Invest
Cyan Finance
Thrive Renewables
Tribe Impact Capital

Nature and Biodiversity Project of the Year
BAT Bangladesh (BARB) Bonayan afforestation programme in Bangladesh
Clear Channel’s Bee Bus Stops
ClimateCare and Mikro-Tek – Mycorrhizal Forestry in Chile
Co-operation Across Borders for Biodiversity (CABB) involving RSPB NI, Northern Ireland Water, Birdwatch Ireland, Butterfly Conservation and Moors for the Future – The Garron Plateau blanket bog restoration project
Fever-Tree and Earthwatch Europe- London’s First Tiny Forest
The LEAF Coalition
Magnolia Quality Development Corporation – The Forestias Imagine Happiness
Rewilding Green Spaces at Lloyds Bank
Suzano – The Biodiversity Corridors Project

Net-Zero Carbon Strategy of the Year
Anglian Water’s 2030 Net Zero Routemap
Burberry – Climate Positive by 2040
Environment Agency – Delivering on Net Zero
Grosvenor – Think Zero
Landsec’s net-zero strategy
National Grid – Road to Net Zero Construction – Littlebrook 400KV Substation
Orchard Street Investment Management – Net-Zero Carbon Strategy
Willmott Dixon – Now or Never. Our decisive decade.

Net-Zero Leader of the Year
Simon Dawes, Environment Agency
Alasdair Donn, Willmott Dixon
Elvis Hernandez-Perdomo, OSL Risk Management
Piotr Konopka, DP World
Julia Pyke, Sizewell C
Adam Robinson, Environment Agency
Allan Wickham, NatWest Group

Partnership and Collaboration of the Year
Akerlof, PCE and Forterra – Decarbonising Precast Concrete
CBRE & Stickerbook – CBRE’s Stickerbook
The LEAF Coalition
The Source to Tap Project led by Northern Ireland Water, also involving the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), East Border Region, Irish Water, the Rivers Trust and Ulster University
Philips Foundation, Global Action Plan and University of Manchester – Clean Air for Schools Partnership
Magnit and Procter & Gamble – Second Life of Plastic
The Co-op and Hubbub partnership – Co-operating for a fairer world
Walgreens Boots Alliance – Walgreens Vaccine Equity Initiative
Waltham Forest Council and Aston Group – Greenleaf Road Eco Show Home

Product Innovation of the Year
Ecolution kWh – Module Active Response System (MARS)
Electro Scan Inc – Machine-Intelligent Non-Acoustic Leak Detection Solution
GeoPura Hydrogen Power Unit (HPU)
IGS vertical farming system
Interface’s carbon negative carpet tiles
Kelda Showers – Kelda Air-Powered™ High-Efficiency Showers
Quintex Systems – Lepido, Heavy Duty Heat Recovery
Skretting – CarbonBalance®
Turntide Technologies – Turntide’s Optimal Efficiency Motor™

Rising Sustainability Star
George Barnes, JRP Solutions
Jean Billant, ReLondon
Imogen Campbell-Gray, Radioactive Waste Management
Emily Cotterill, ReBOUND Returns
Taelor Daniells, Coutts
Rhiannon Jones, Cushman and Wakefield
Hannah Scott, Bioregional
Ellie Stirk, Sipsmith
Janely Abigail T. Bonita, SM Prime

SME of the year
Green Angel Syndicate
Green Eyes Productions
JPA Workspaces
Made for Drink

Social Sustainability & Community Development
ADM – Sustainable and traceable supply chain for organic soybean in India
Alpkit Foundation
Neighbourly – community investment and engagement platform
PT Pertamina Patra Niaga Integrated Terminal Tanjung Wangi – Jemparing Wangi Programs
Schneider Electric India Foundation
The Midcounties Co-operative – Building strong local communities
UK Power Networks – Communiheat
Walgreens Boots Alliance – Walgreens Vaccine Equity Initiative
Willmott Dixon – Building Lives

Sustainability Leader of the Year
Magali Anderson, Holcim
Kirsty Britz, NatWest Group
Tor Burrows, Grosvenor Property UK
Josie C-Thornewill, Thakeham Homes
Arathi Gowda, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Charles Joly, London School of Economics and Political Science
Michael McGowan, Ibstock
Stanley P. Rhodes, SCS Global Services
Alison Robb, Coutts
Jose Villalon, Nutreco

Sustainability Reporting & Communications
Alpkit – People And Planet Before Profit | Alpkit Sustainability Report 2021
Co-operate: It’s what we do – Our 2020 Sustainability Report
Brunswick Creative and Mondelēz International – Mondelēz ‘Snacking Made Right’ 2020 Report
Mondi Group and Radley Yeldar – Mondi Group Sustainable Development Report 2020
Radley Yeldar and Microsoft, Environment Report 2020
Severn Trent and Luminous – Severn Trent Sustainability Report 2021
SIG – Corporate Responsibility Report 2020

Team of the Year
Cushman and Wakefield
Grosvenor Property UK
International Marine Contractors Association
National Grid
Ulker Biskuvi San. A.S.

Transport/Fleet Management Initiative of the Year
Arowana – VivoPower’s Sustainable Energy Solution
Aviva – Sustainable Travel – successfully delivering an ambitious EV100 fleet plan
JLL – ‘Go Green’ a multi-pronged approach to sustainable transport
Miralis – Facilitating sustainability in transport with Fuuse EV charging
Mitie’s electric vehicle transition
Tusker – The Green Car Benefit Scheme
University Of Birmingham – Tyseley Energy Park: TEP Phase 4
Urb-it becoming a B Corp certified last-mile delivery provider

Waste and Resource Management Project of the Year
DPD’s focus on waste management
JLL & Churchills drive to eradicate single use plastic
Mitie – Bin the Bag
NatWest Group – Recycling: Let’s Get it Sorted project
Ramco UK – Sustainable disposal of redundant equipment
Ulker Biskuvi San. A.S. – Road to Zero

Water Management
Dropless – Empowering drivers to sustainably manage their vehicles
ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth, India
Imperial College and ADSM – Imperial College and Aquafund
Ulker Biskuvi San. A.S. – Metering the Water
Waterscan and the Self-Supply Water Community – The Future of British Water Management: Now

Commenting on the announcement of this year’s finalists, edie’s content director Luke Nicholls said: “COP26  underlined just how important business leadership is when it comes to accelerating climate action this decade and beyond – not just within operations but also through new collaborations and sector-wide commitments.

“Nowhere is this leadership more evident than on the shortlist of edie’s 2022 awards. All of this year’s finalists have shifted from talking about a net-zero carbon, just transition to actually delivering it, at scale and at pace.

“On behalf of the entire edie team, I would like to congratulate all of our finalists – we can’t wait to celebrate with you – in real life – on 2 February at the Park Plaza London Westminster.”

BOOK YOUR TABLE at the Sustainability Leaders Awards 2022

From single places for the drinks reception and dinner through to a full VIP front-row experience complete with a magnum of Champagne – there are a variety of options to choose from to ensure you are able to celebrate with the very best of sustainable business at the Sustainability Leaders Awards 2022.

Our glittering Awards ceremony takes place at Park Plaza London Westminster on Wednesday 2 February 2022, and will include drinks receptions, guest speakers, dinner and a wide selection of entertainment. Avoid disappointment by booking now to guarantee the tickets you want. All bookings made before 10 December also qualify for a discounted ‘early bird’ rate.


edie staff

Comments (1)

  1. Michelle Carvill says:

    It would be great to better understand some of these initiatives and campaigns. Will the submissions and ‘case study’ material be available re transparency of what they’ve achieved and the impact etc?

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