The International Green Apple Environment Award recognises the organisation’s key work in three main areas including: helping identify water waste such as leaks and highlight opportunities to invest in proactive water management measures and monitoring along with water-saving technology; raising awareness amongst organisations about water waste*, risks to supply on-site and highlighting how to be more sustainable amongst Water Plus employees; increasing partnerships with community groups and organisations to reduce environmental impacts along with supporting tree-planting in the UK.
The water retailer was up against more than 500 other nominations in the International Green Apple Awards.
Andy Hughes, Water Plus Chief Executive, said: “We’re delighted to receive recognition of all our work to help organisations and raise awareness around the opportunities – and savings – from looking closer at water use, to taking steps to cut waste to limit risks to how businesses and other organisations operate. Our technical water expertise and customer information and support is helping cut water waste across England and Scotland and identifying issues early that may cause disruption, which also help keep running costs low. Plus, less water waste means less carbon created, so less Scope 3 emissions, helping towards environmental targets and Net Zero.
“We’re committed to making sustainability and minimising our environmental impact core to our business, our people and our customers. From helping sites install water reduction approaches and extra tracking along with highlighting how water efficiency helps organisations, to increasing tree-planting in the UK and trialling innovative water cutting technology to cut water volumes** and help towards sustainability goals, we’re taking action.”
The Green Apple Awards are run by The Green Organisation – an international, independent, non-profit, non-political environment group that began in 1994 to recognise, reward and promote environmental best practice around the world.
Water Plus, which is the largest water retailer in the UK, will be presented with their trophy and certificate at a glittering presentation ceremony in the Houses of Parliament, London, later in November.
More on steps organisations can take to reduce water waste can be found at: www.water-plus.co.uk/sustainability
More than 400 data loggers have been installed in just the first six months of 2021, through Water Plus partnering with organisations of various sizes, helping track water use more closely across 24 hours and spot opportunities to cut waste at organisations in England and Scotland. The work this year, follows more than 500 installed in the 12 months of the 2019 to 2020 financial year. The kit has helped identify saving opportunities and highlight risks to organisations:
- A council in England that had data loggers installed this year through working with Water Plus was alerted to a Town Hall that had water leaks losing 200 litres of water an hour. If these leaks continued for a year it would cost more than £5,200. Another site also had 100 litres of water an hour being lost.