Judges consider candidates for Green 100 listing

This year's Green 100 judging panel.

This year's Green 100 judging panel. - Credit: Archant

An “impressive” range of submissions have been considered for the latest Green 100 listing, which champions East Anglia’s green pioneers.

This year saw a significant rise in new entrants being selected to the East Anglian Daily Times and Eastern Daily Press listing, which is supported by Adnams, EDF Energy, BDO, Specflue, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and Orbis Energy Centre.

There was an impressive diversity of businesses selected from large corporates through to small scale enterprises and community interest groups, and all were united by a commitment to promote sustainability, either through the products and services they provide, or their own working practices, judges said.

Judging took place at the new Enterprise Centre at the University of East Anglia, Britain’s greenest building, and selected businesses and organisations will be invited to a celebration event at the Orbis Energy Centre in Lowestoft in October, as well as being profiled in a special EADT/EDP publication.

This year’s expertise comes from a panel consisting of members from among others the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), University of East Anglia (UEA), Groundwork, Suffolk County Council environmental strategy team and Nautilus Associates.

Johnathan Reynolds, director of Nautilus Associates, business development lead at OrbisEnergy and chair of New Anglia’s Green Economy Pathfinder programme said: “The Green100 project is an exciting initiative which, in its third year, is attracting a growing number of businesses active in delivering green products and services or embracing green and low carbon principles and technologies and changing the way they run their business.

“I’ve been incredibly impressed by the calibre of businesses applying this year. We have a fantastically diverse range of businesses and organisation, large and small, and across almost every industrial sector from large scale renewable energy production, innovative green tourism, low carbon consumer goods, and many many more.

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“The number of companies now adopting green policies and procedures, together with those that are investing in installing cutting edge green, renewable and low carbon technologies is inspiring. They see the clear economic and environmental benefits and the difference its making to their own sustainability but also importantly to their profitability and reputation.

“It would be unfair of me to single out any particularly business ahead of the celebration event on October 16, however we have chosen to host the judging panel and selection meeting at the UK’s greenest building, the Enterprise Centre, based at the University of East Anglia, and an inspirational building demonstrate the latest technologies in the built environment.

“We’re also hosting the celebration event at OrbisEnergy in Lowestoft, another low carbon and exemplar building at the heart of the regions ambitions for offshore renewable energy developments. The sheer number of businesses clearly leading the way in the Green Economy in Norfolk and Suffolk is testament to the region’s ambitions and I look forward to celebrating the success and achievements of the Green 100.”