South Yorkshire Sustainability Awards - ‘There’s real momentum’ in region

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Businesses have built real momentum in cutting waste and emissions to pursue low carbon growth, a major support organisation says.

Business Sheffield believes bosses are seeing the value of a ‘circular business model’ as the world races avert climate breakdown.

The organisation, part of Sheffield City Council, is a sponsor of The Star’s South Yorkshire Sustainability Awards which celebrate the best ideas and achievements on the road to net zero.

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Yvonne Asquith, growth manager at Business Sheffield, said they were ‘delighted’ to be involved at such an important time.

Yvonne Asquith of Business Sheffield.Yvonne Asquith of Business Sheffield.
Yvonne Asquith of Business Sheffield.

She added: “We’re already offering support such as free energy audits and grants to small and medium-sized businesses through the Low Carbon Business Support Project.

“We know this agenda is important to businesses and we want to build on this - they are seeing the value of a circular business model; they’re reducing waste, in turn reducing CO2e, and therefore cutting costs. There’s a real momentum here.

“Everyone knows that Sheffield City Council has declared a climate emergency and is working towards Sheffield becoming a zero-carbon city by the start of the next decade.

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“We want to support all initiatives that help the city achieve this goal and the awards are a great way of celebrating the city’s efforts. We’re looking forward to hearing about the achievements of the award winners and hope their stories will inspire others.”

South Yorkshire Sustainablility Awards 2022.South Yorkshire Sustainablility Awards 2022.
South Yorkshire Sustainablility Awards 2022.

Business Leader of the Year - Sponsored by Barnsley College

SME of the Year - Sponsored by Business Sheffield

Large Business of the Year - Sponsored by The National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering

Net Zero Business of the Year - Sponsored by TERC - Translational Energy Research Centre

Manufacturing Award - Sponsored by University of Sheffield AMRC

Best Hospitality or Retail Sustainability Initiative

Public Sector Organisation of the Year

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Education Initiative of the Year - Sponsored by Bauer Media, Hallam FM

Community Initiative of the Year - Sponsored by River Stewardship Company

Young Green Champion of the Year - Sponsored by ITM Power

Green Ambassador of the Year

Lifetime Achievement Award

Entries have been extended for a week to 6pm on Thursday August 4. The awards ceremony is on Thursday, September 22 at Magna.