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Cornwall Sustainability Awards

Cornwall Sustainability Awards 2020

Small and medium sized businesses from across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly came together to celebrate the Cornwall Sustainability Awards at a virtual ceremony on Friday 4 December.

The event was held online for the first time in its 18 year history and this year co-hosted by Philippa Hoskin (Cornwall Council) and Dr Dan Bloomfield (Tevi). The hosts made a huge effort to ensure that over one hundred attendees felt part of a larger community, all working together to protect and grow Cornwall’s beautiful environment whilst also growing the local economy.

The Awards are sponsored by Tevi, a unique and exciting EU-funded venture to create both economic and environmental growth in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Tevi is a partnership between The University of Exeter, Cornwall Council, Cornwall Development Company and Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

Tevi Project Manager Dr Dan Bloomfield outlined

“Tevi are very pleased to host CSA this year as sponsor and delighted to see such a wide variety of nominations and range of companies from across Cornwall, it just shows you what an amazing impact small businesses are having to help make the economy of Cornwall more circular and help the environment grow. It’s fantastic to see so much innovation and business adaptation, particularly during the challenging times we are in.”

In his keynote speech Chris Packham put an emphasis on community and the fact that we are all connected to nature.

“Don’t be afraid, don’t be small, we all have a voice, raise it, politely, democratically, peacefully but demonstratively. Cornwall is leading the way in terms of sustainability and I am delighted to help recognise the achievements made.”

Bennamann were crowned Overall Winner. The judges felt Bennamann stood out as the unique process they have developed can be scaled up and rolled out across Cornwall and beyond. This innovative energy company seeks to develop circular supply chains in biomethane, as a carbon-neutral process.

Chris Mann, Chief Executive of Bennamann said “The Bennamann team are so excited and proud to receive this prestigious award. The support from Cornwall Council, LEP Cormac, Tevi and the European Regional Development Fund has been so important in getting us to this point in time. Next year is going to be momentous for us.”

The four category winners were as follows:
Green Innovation in a time of Coronavirus – Beach Guardian CIC
Environmental Growth – Woodland Valley Farm
Circular Economy – Bennamann
Carbon Neutral – Cornish Lithium

To find out more visit the Tevi website.

Date: 11 December 2020

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