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The showcase must continue

We’re going to throw a party. And a work event.

The BusinessGreen Leaders Awards are back for 2022 and will resume their traditional mid-summer date. After two years of postponed gala dinners and virtual awards, this year’s event will return to The Brewery on the evening of June 22. And we would love for you, and as many of your peers and colleagues across the UK as possible, to join us for a chance to win one of the country’s most prestigious awards for green business.

This is because there is a very serious side to this annual celebration. Yes, we want to bring together as many people from across the green economy to have some fun after a particularly busy and difficult few years (and we would obviously like to sell as many tickets as possible). But it’s also essential to showcase and showcase the best green companies, projects and leaders from across the UK at a time when some of the momentum created at the COP26 Climate Summit risks dissipating.

In the 11 years we’ve run the BusinessGreen Leaders Festival, I’ve lost count of how many times people have told me how much being shortlisted for an award helped them get the management buy-in, boost team morale and strengthen marketing strategies. More importantly, the recognition brought by the awards has helped many companies take their environmental or net zero strategies to the next level, unlocking further progress in pursuit of their green goals. These rewards are not limited to whether someone walks away with a gong or not.

There is also a larger problem here. The green economy has received more media coverage and public attention than at any time in its history over the past year, thanks in large part to the attention brought by the COP26 Summit. But public engagement and awareness of the biggest economic project in human history is still far too low. And with rising energy prices and politicians who remain opposed to the net zero transition stepping up for the battle, it is essential that the technologies and companies that are at the heart of the green industrial revolution become increasingly visible.

The public and policy makers need to see heat pumps, wind farms, hydrogen power plants, solar panels, passive houses, nature-based solutions, electric vehicles, net zero investment portfolios and the myriad of other technologies and business models that can ensure a net-zero transition can be put in place without compromising living standards. They need to know them, to be comfortable with them. Understand that they represent the future, that they are reliable and efficient, desirable and competitive.

The aim of the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards (and CompanyGreen as a whole) has always been to help this process, to remind as many business leaders, decision-makers and potential customers as possible that there is a growing ecosystem of companies that are firmly committed to provide the innovative clean technologies and business models that can transform the world for the better.

That’s why you should tell everyone you know to consider participating in this year’s awards. It may be a big party, but it’s also very important.

This article was first published as part of BusinessGreen’s overnight briefing, which you can subscribe to here.

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