Peterborough businesses celebrate environment awards wins


The Investors in the Environment awards were held on October 8, with some worthy Peterborough winners (Photo: iiE)

Cross Keys Homes was pronounced winner of the Biggest Social Impact 2020, recognised for its commitment to changing the lives of its residents and the communities in which they live.

Claire Higgins, chief executive of Cross Keys Homes, said: "Winning this award is fantastic recognition for the hard work our teams do every day, to help people to lead the best life they possibly can. From the resident-led WestRaven Community Garden and Café to our Be Kind Fund, that is giving residents a helping hand in these tough times, we are determined to continue to do all we can to make our communities amazing places to live."

Peterborough Regional College was the winner of the Best Water Reduction 2020 award.

Commendations were given to Perkins Engines, for its efforts in waste reduction; the BGL Group in the Sustainability Influencer 2020 category, and Overall Outstanding Achiever recognition was given to four Peterborough organisations: BGL, PRC, Hunt and Coombs and Skanska - Peterborough Highways.

April Sotomayor, sustainability consultant, said: "10 years ago Investors in the Environment was launched after our charity identified a gap in the market. There was, and continues to be, a huge opportunity to encourage organisations to account for their environmental footprint, benchmark their progress, and enable them to get recognized for these efforts.

"We were absolutely delighted with the standard of this year’s awards entries and are delighted to announce that – in the last audited year alone – our members have achieved estimated carbon savings of 13,876 tonnes CO2e saved. This is a truly tremendous achievement."

Other winners on the night were Cambridge and Counties Bank, Manchester University NHS Trust and LEDA building designers and consultants.

The iiE Awards were due to be held in April, but were postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.