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Sustainability climbs up boardroom agenda; high entries for Green Awards 2020

With the 2020 Green Awards on the horizon, held in the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin on Tuesday, February 25th, we take a look back at the highlights of last year’s award ceremony

The entries have opened for the Green Awards 2020, with a year-on-year 40% rise in entries forecast.

Earlier this year, the 2019 awards showcased innovation and leadership in tackling environmental issues across Irish businesses. The concern for climate change and importance of sustainability was evident across all submissions.

It is clear that major industry sectors like construction, pharmaceuticals and transport are driving green agendas up the corporate ladder.

Richard Bruton TD, Minister of Communications, Climate Action & Environment, attended the event and highlighted the significance of celebrating the efforts of green leaders: “The Green Awards recognise the innovators and early movers that will seize the greatest rewards. They are the trailblazers leading the way and I encourage all businesses to take up the challenge”.

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Mace Ireland received two awards on the night and their assistant sustainability manager, Ellen McKinney, spoke to us about the achievement: “It is great to be acknowledged as a leader in Ireland’s green industry and to share this with our supply chain”.

Norman Crowley was the recipient of the Green Leader 2019 award for his successful business, Crowley Carbon, speaking on the win, he said: “My ambition and objective – and Crowley Carbon’s overriding vision- is to help cool the planet. This award is recognition that what we as a team are achieving is making a significant difference. Our efforts without customer’s partnerships will go a long way in helping Ireland reduce its carbon output”.

Mary Frances Rochford, programme manager at the Office of Environmental Stability, Environmental Protection Agency, the awards sponsor, shared her thoughts on the awards: “As Ireland accelerates its climate response, adapting to the circular economy and sustainable business models will become a critical driver of the Irish business culture. These awards provide an opportunity to celebrate environmental innovation and commitment, while also providing case-studies and inspiration for other organisations”.

Energia were also proud sponsors of the event, Cormac Mannion, their manager of energy services, reflected on their long history with the awards: “For the past few years, we have been proudly sponsoring the Green Awards. Every year the awards showcase some amazing talent within the community, which is why we love to get involved”.

Judging panel

Domestic judges:

  • Mark Bennett, country manager, Talent Garden
  • Craig Bullock, manager, Optimize
  • Peter Byrne, quality & environmental manager, Roadbridge
  • Karen Coyle, energy & environmental manager, Engineering Services, AIB
  • Patrick Field, director sustainability & energy, OCSC M&E
  • Steve Gillman, sustainability consultant
  • Joyce Johnston, environmental and animal welfare manager, Manor Farm
  • Paula Kirk, director of carbon and climate change, Arup
  • Paddy Lambe, sustainability and EHS specialist, ERM and TU Dublin
  • Grace Maher, development officer, Irish Organic Association
  • Dr Barry McDermott, group head of sustainability, PM Group
  • Dr Sarah Miller, CEO, The Rediscovery Centre
  • Nick Reynolds, CSR advisor, Business in the Community Ireland
  • Padraig Ryan, associate director, Business Consulting, Grant Thornton Ireland
  • Senator Grace O'Sullivan, Green Party, Civil Engagement Group, Seanad Éireann
  • Neil Menzies, environment & sustainability manager, Transdev

International judges:

  • Jan Peter Bergkvist, senior sustainability advisor, Sleepwell AB, Sweden
  • Laura Kearney, landscape architect and designer, Portugal
  • Olga Nosenko, founder & CEO Green Harmony Home, Passive House – IGUA, Leading Structural Engineer, Ukraine
  • Patrick McCartan, CEO, Astellae, USA

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The full list of winners and 2019 shortlist is available below.

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  1. Green Business of the Year / Sponsored by Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Winner: Mace

Shortlisted:

  • Croke Park
  • Hotel Doolin
  • IKEA Ireland
  • Intel Ireland
  • Irish Green Building Council
  • Mace
  1. Green Leader 2019

Winner: Norman Crowley, Crowley Carbon

  1. Green Large Organisation of the Year / Sponsored by Energia

Winner: Astellas Ireland

Shortlisted:

  • AbbVie Ireland
  • Astellas Ireland
  • BioMarin International Shanbally
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Cruiserath Biologics
  • Brown Thomas
  • Dairygold Co-Operative Society
  • Dawn Meats
  • University College Cork
  1. Green Medium Sized Organisation of the Year

Winner: Hotel Doolin

Shortlisted:

  • BrookLodge & Macreddin Village, County Wicklow
  • Glenisk
  • GMC Utilities Group
  • Hotel Doolin
  • McCormack Farms
  • Takeda Ireland Grange Castle
  • Techrete
  • The Convention Centre Dublin
  1. Green Small Organisation of the Year / Sponsored by EPA

Winner: Irish Green Building Council

Shortlisted:

  • AnaBio Technologies
  • Burren Ecotourism Network
  • Easydry
  • Hicksons Centra Piltown
  • Irish Green Building Council
  • KORE
  • Poppies Café
  • St. Patrick's Primary School
  • Vagabond Adventure Tours
  • Wholly Cow Burgers
  1. Sustainability Team of the Year

Winner: Dawn Meats

Shortlisted:

  • ABP
  • An Garda Síochána
  • BioMarin International Shanbally
  • Dawn Meats
  • Greyhound Recycling
  • Hotel Doolin
  • IKEA Ireland
  • Musgrave
  • Team Evergreen – AbbVie
  • UCC Library
  1. The Green Construction Award

Winner: Clonee Data Centre – Mace

Shortlisted:

  • Brook House - Cooney Architects
  • Clonee Data Centre – Mace
  • GMC Utilities Group
  • I-Lofar Education Centre - Cooney Architects
  • Iveagh Garden Hotel
  • Passive Plus Homes
  • Xpert Professional Offices - Cooney Architects
  1. The Green Food & Beverage Award

Winner: ABP

Shortlisted:

  • ABP
  • Carbery Group
  • Dairygold Co-Operative Society
  • Dawn Meats
  • Glenisk
  • Keeling's
  • Kepak Groups
  • Manor Farm
  • McCormack Farms
  • Meade Potato Company
  1. The Green Manufacturer Award / Sponsor by Naturgy

Winner: Intel Ireland

Shortlisted:

  • BioMarin International Shanbally
  • Dairygold Co-Operative Society
  • Dawn Meats
  • Diageo Ireland
  • Easydry
  • Intel Ireland
  • Interface
  • McCormack Farms
  1. The Green Pharmaceutical Award

Winner: Astellas Ireland

Shortlisted:

  • AbbVie Ireland
  • Alexion
  • Astellas Ireland
  • BioMarin International Shanbally
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Cruiserath Biologics
  • GSK Dungarvan
  • Pfizer Ringaskiddy
  • Takeda Ireland Grange Castle
  1. The Green Professional Services Award

Winner: PM Group

Shortlisted:

  • A&L Goodbody
  • Apleona HSG
  • Environmental Efficiency
  • GMC Utilities Group
  • Irish Green Building Council
  • Mason Hayes & Curran
  • PM Group
  • Romonet
  • Ryans Cleaning
  1. The Green Retailer Award

Winner: IKEA Ireland

Shortlisted:

  • Brown Thomas
  • IKEA Ireland
  • SuperValu
  • Tesco Ireland
  1. The Green Tourism & Entertainment Award

Winner: Croke Park

Shortlisted:

  • Airfield Estate
  • BrookLodge & Macreddin Village, County Wicklow
  • Clare Green Festival Initiative
  • Croke Park
  • Fitzgerald's Woodlands House Hotel, Adare
  • Hotel Doolin
  • Iveagh Garden Hotel
  • Poppies Café
  • The Convention Centre Dublin
  • Vagabond Adventure Tours
  1. Green Public Sector Organisation of the Year / Sponsored by Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Winner: University College Cork

Shortlisted:

  • An Garda Síochána
  • An Post
  • Sligo University Hospital
  • St. Patrick's Primary School
  • University College Cork
  1. Green NGO of the Year / Sponsored by Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Winner: Voice of Irish Concern for the Environment

Shortlisted:

  • Barretstown & ERP
  • Conscious Cup Campaign
  • Ennis Tidy Towns
  • St. Patrick's Primary School
  • Tipperary Energy Agency
  • Voice of Irish Concern for the Environment
  1. The Green Energy Provider Award

Winner: Energia

Shortlisted:

  • Energia
  • Gas Networks Ireland
  • Naturgy
  • SSE Airtricity
  1. The Sustainable Energy Achievement Award

Winner: AbbVie

Shortlisted:

  • AbbVie
  • Aldi Stores Ireland
  • Aurivo Dairy Ingredients Roscommon
  • Carbery Group
  • Dawn Meats
  • EirGrid
  • Sligo University Hospital
  • Solvent Recovery Changeover Optimisation - Pfizer Ringaskiddy
  • SuperValu
  • Takeda Ireland Grange Castle
  1. The Sustainable Water Achievement Award

Winner: Carbery Group

Shortlisted:

  • ABP
  • Bio-Friendly
  • Biogenic Processor – Woodco Renewable Energy
  • Carbery Group
  • Diageo Ireland
  • Dublin Airport
  • Easydry
  • Pfizer Ringaskiddy Water Reduction Program
  • Poppies Café
  • Reduction of Potable Water Use in Water Treatment Plants – EPS Group
  1. The Excellence in Waste Management Award

Winner: Tesco Ireland

Shortlisted:

  • AES Bord Na Mona
  • Aurivo Consumer Foods Donegal
  • Beauparc Utilities
  • BioMarin International Shanbally
  • Citywest Hotel
  • Enva
  • Green Matters Waste Prevention Action Plan - Sligo University Hospital
  • IKEA Ireland
  • Pfizer Ringaskiddy
  • Tesco Ireland
  1. The Green Product Award

Winner: Biogenic Processor – Woodco Renewable Energy

Shortlisted:

  • Biogenic Processor - Woodco Renewable Energy
  • Easydry
  • Eco Natural Paper – BaileyHygiene
  • Energia
  • FALCON Downlight - Verde LED
  • Garmo Retail Display Fridge – Coolrite
  • K1 - Kuma Bikes
  1. The Green Technology Award

Winner: FoodCloud

Shortlisted:

  • Biogenic Processor – Woodco Renewable Energy
  • Easydry
  • EirGrid & Electric Ireland
  • FoodCloud
  • Global Polymer Consulting
  • Solvent Recovery Changeover Optimisation - Pfizer Ringaskiddy
  1. The Green Transport Award

Winner: Virginia International Logistics

  • BMW Group Ireland
  • Clean Ireland Recycling
  • Dublin Bus
  • Greyhound Recycling
  • Virginia International Logistics