Bath and North East Somerset 2013 winner: most proactive public sector body

Bath and North East Somerset is a unitary authority that aims to lead and facilitate a 45 per cent cut in CO2 emissions. In 2007, the Council passed a resolution to tackle the causes and effects of climate change and has made implementation a policy priority ever since.

 

Stephen Frankel 2013 winner: south west sustainable energy champion, sponsored by RWE

Stephen has had a substantial impact upon sustainable energy through his role as Chair of WREN (Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network) and in other capacities, such as visiting professor at the University of Exeter Energy Policy Group, DECCs Community Energy Contact Group and his role on the Smart Cornwall Steering Group.

 

Glevum Heating winner 2013: supplier or installer of the year

Following a very successful project to install more than 500 photovoltaic systems to domestic properties in 2011/12, Glevum have extended the range of services offered to include a wide range of renewables from air source to biomass.

 

Kensa 2013 winner: best business innovation

The Kensa Shoebox Heat Pump has been specifically designed to provide both space heating and domestic hot water in new build and retrofit properties, which require a load of up to 3 kW. The Shoebox creates a new category and application for GSHPs, and will play a significant role in helping the government achieve its target of installing 6.8 million heat pumps by 2030, and ensure Kensa’s growth and market leadership status in 2013/14.

 

Resilient Energy Great Dunkilns 2013 winner: best community initiative, sponsored by The Crown Estate

The project is a 500 kW community scale wind turbine development installed near St Briavels. The model is being replicated around the UK with the aim of keeping at least 70 per cent of gross revenues from each project in the community. As an alternative to traditional bank debt finance, the project raised £1.4 million through a renewable debenture offer via Abundance, the first in the UK.

 

New Earth Solutions 2013 winner: best renewable energy scheme, sponsored by SERS

New Earth Solutions has developed and completed phase one of a plant, based in Avonmouth, which converts residual waste into gas used for electricity generation. The plant utilises Advanced Conversion Technology (ACT), a world leading technology developed at New Earth’s R&D facility in Dorset, to produce base load renewable energy 24 hours a day, seven days a week, without weather related intermittency.

 

ModCell 2013 winner: best energy efficiency scheme sponsored by the Low Carbon Exchange

The nucleus building at Hayesfield School is built from the ModCell prefabricated strawbale cladding system, which eliminated the need for a separate structural frame and reduced the onsite construction. Materials with low embodied carbon and a high recycled content were selected throughout, and all timber is FSC or equivalent. Local materials included straw bales (insulation for walls and roof) from a local farm to oak planks reclaimed from a nearby building for the external furniture.