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Sustainability Leaders Awards 2012


cars – and introduced the second round of its ecobonds, enabling people to invest in green energy.


by customers is put back into generating new sources of green energy – turning ‘bills into mills’. Vince is on a mission to change the way that energy is produced and sold in the UK, and is determined to pave the way for British energy inde- pendence, harnessing power from the sun, the wind and sea.


In 2011, the company unveiled Britain’s first sun park. Located at Fen Farm in Lincolnshire, it was the first energy park in the world to combine the energy of both the wind and the sun into one. This hybrid park is a pioneering step forward in renewable energy production. The same year it also launched an “electric highway” – the world’s first nationwide motorway charging network for electric


Ecotricity then became involved with seamills, using the power of the sea, in 2012. This Searaser innovation is capable of generating low cost energy on demand with the possibility to produce electric- ity cheaper than any other wave-power technology, or indeed all existing sourc- es of electricity – including gas, coal and nuclear. And it’s carbon free. Since being involved with Ecotricity,


Vince has added football to his portfolio by investing in the Conference League club, Forest Green Rovers (FGR), which aims to be the world’s first truly sustain- able football club. Work has begun to achieve the ISO 14000 environmental standard and subsequent EMAS qualifi- cation, the gold standard in environmen- tal performance. The club’s pitch has now been taken ‘off-mains’ by collecting the water from under it to recycle back. Soon rainwater will be collected from the stadium roof- tops and a borehole sunk to reach the local spring water. This means the pitch will be irrigated by a mixture of rain, drain and spring water – making it inde-


pendent from mains water. Solar panels have also been installed at the stadium and will eventually produce as much as 25% of the club’s electricity. Ultimately Vince aims to create a super functional green football club that defies gravity and conventional thinking, which can be replicated across clubs and sports facilities in Britain.


JUDGES COMMENTS: Dale has a great track record for achieving entrepreneurial success through practical sustainability, with some maverick flair providing extra inspiration en route


FINALISTS


Dan Epstein, Useful Simple Trust Deirdré Lingenfelder, Anglo American John F Brock, Coca-Cola Enterprises Mohammed Saddiq, Wessex Water (GENeco)


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