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Environment Floorbrite’s green glory with prestigious award win


• Manchester cleaning & facilities service provider wins Green Apple award for second year running


• Recognised for sustainability measures at fellow Manchester based manufacturer, Duo UK


One of the UK’s largest cleaning and


facilities service providers, Floorbrite based in Sale, has won a Green Apple Environment Award in the international campaign to find the greenest companies, councils and communities. Floorbrite was awarded the accolade


for helping Manchester polythene manufacturer and supplier, Duo UK achieve zero to landfill status by implementing recommendations made by the cleaning and facility company’s Waste & Environmental consultant, Trudie Williams. The firm competed against more than


impact on the earth’s resources and business performance. Zoe Brimelow, Brand Director


at Duo UK added: “Trudie and the team at Floorbrite are experts in implementing green measures which save waste going to landfill – everything they recommended has had a positive impact on our own eco-credentials and sustainability targets. “With their help, we’ve diverted


182.28 tonnes of waste from landfill, saved 3,098 trees from destruction and the equivalent to 150.66 kg of Co2 to date.” As a result of the Green Apple Award


L-R Nick Wyers, Joint Managing Director at Floorbrite and Trudie Williams Waste & Environmental Consultant collect their awards at a ceremony at the Houses of Parliament.


500 other nominations in the Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice, and was presented with their trophy and certificate at a glittering presentation ceremony in the Houses of Parliament. The family run firm was recognised for


increasing sustainability at Duo UK, following the manufacturer’s own moves to become responsible suppliers of sustainable polythene packaging. Throughout the project with Duo UK,


Floorbrite’s aims were, amongst others, to reduce waste removal costs, encourage 100%


recycling, achieve zero landfill, introduce full segregation of waste streams, and recover energy from waste. Nik Wyers, Joint Managing Director


at Floorbrite said of the award: “We’re honoured to have received a Green Apple award two years running, and all credit has to go to Trudie’s team for their hard work and dedication to getting results. “Trudie has done an incredible job of


creating bespoke, effective solutions for businesses looking to improve their waste management streams and providing invaluable insight into small changes that can have a big


success, Floorbrite has gone on to become Green World Ambassadors and have been invited to have their winning paper published in The Green Book, the leading international work of reference


on environmental best practice, so that others around the world can follow their example and learn from their achievement. The awards are organised by The Green Organisation, an international, independent, non-political, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world. Floorbrite was set up in 1972 and is now


owned and operated by Chairman Linda Wyers, Joint Managing Directors Alex Wyers and Nik Wyers and Marketing Director Nina Wyers. To find out more about Floorbrite, visit www.Floorbrite.co.uk


Shrink your Bills: “Carbon Psychology” could save British Businesses up to £860 Million


Simple “carbon psychology” or behavioural change could drive UK industry energy savings of £860 million, a new report by npower Business Solutions (nBS) and the Centre for Economics & Business Research (Cebr) has found. The largest potential savings could


be achieved in the wholesale and retail (19.9%), administrative and support (11.4%), and manufacturing (10.8%) sectors. Larger businesses – comprising just 1% of UK industry – could alone achieve 50% of the savings, the report highlighted. • Behavioural change could cut business energy use by over 8,400 GWh





Just 1% of businesses could drive 50% of the energy efficiency savings


• Greatest savings possible among wholesale and retail businesses


30 fmuk The think tank highlighted that limited


industry behavioural change policies mean only 18% of expected energy savings in UK industry will come from behavioural change by 2020 – far lower than is actually achievable. nBS has urged the government to do more to address the significant and low-cost opportunity to make major energy efficiency savings and promote business energy security, which are lagging behind its European counterparts. Phil Griffiths, a Carbon Psychologist at


npower Business Solutions, commented: “There is a huge opportunity for bigger businesses here – and they don’t even need to invest to make substantial savings. The benefits of behavioural change on the bottom line are clear. Energy efficiency improvements result in a more motivated workforce, a positive impact on the UK balance of payments


and significant emissions reductions.” Cebr used the Business Population


Estimates as provided by the former Department for Business, Innovation and Skills – which provide information on the number of companies disaggregated by size, sector and region – and the Carbon Trust’s “Empower Savings Calculator” to help generate the calculations across different industrial sectors. Cebr’s Board Member Vicky Pryce


said: “Our research shows that the UK’s impressive record in reducing household energy intensity – which is far ahead of the European average – has not been matched in the industrial sector. Business – with the support of new behaviour change policy – should take note of the consumer and SME energy efficiency successes to date and replicate these to take advantage of significant savings.”


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