19 Aug 2013

Summary: As part of the broader UK Chemical Industry Awards, the CIA introduced the Energy Efficiency Award about 10 years ago. This has been instrumental in providing a wealth of information on the tools and techniques the industry has employed to reduce its carbon footprint. In turn this information is used by the CIA to promote good practice and encourage other companies, particularly SMEs, to reduce their own carbon footprint.A Celebration of Success brochure of case studies is produced which is used for promotional purposes within the industry and with wider stakeholders (see the end of this article). Winners are also invited to give talks at conferences and meetings to provide more in-depth details of their achievements to interested companies.

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The CIA has been running the UK Chemical Industry Awards for many years. These awards were established to:

  • encourage the UK industry to promote the good work it is doing, in key areas, to stakeholders and the wider public;
  • share examples of good practice and learning within the industry; and
  • to celebrate the achievements of the UK industry and individuals.

About 10 years ago, when concerns over energy prices, security of supply and regulatory tools as well as environmental pressures where forcing the industry to take a close look at their energy use and seek savings, the Energy Efficiency Award was introduced. This has proved a popular award with both large and small companies entering. The award has always been sponsored by companies such as British Energy, EDF Energy and Cofely – GDF Suez, who have expertise in this area and who wish to promote their services. On some occasions the sponsor has offered the winner free consulting to help them develop their energy efficiency programme further.

Very brief summaries of all shortlisted entries are published to give other companies a flavour of what can be achieved. A full case study of the winning entry is published in our Celebration of Success brochure which is used to promote the industry and demonstrate to other companies what can be achieved. The award winner, and often other shortlisted nominations, also usually receives an invitation to do a full presentation at an energy related conference, or meeting.

Over the years the selection criteria have been changed to take account of industry and societal changes and the name of the award is now the Low Carbon award to reflect, to a greater extent, the contribution of low carbon products in the supply chain as well as the use of renewables i.e broadening it out from the initial focus of improving the energy efficiency of production processes, although this is still a significant aim.

The purpose of the current Low Carbon Award is to recognise a company which can best exemplify enhanced carbon management through initiatives such as:

  • improved resource efficiency;
  • the use of alternative energy sources; and
  • solutions designed to achieve or enable energy/carbon savings across the supply chain.

while at the same time demonstrating a good overall approach to carbon and energy management.

The selection criteria the entries should aim to meet are:

  • demonstration that all initiatives took place as part of an overall carbon management strategy;
  • evidence that either overall carbon dioxide emissions or energy consumption per unit of output decreased during the period - as part of this nominees are asked to complete a performance table;
  • demonstration that the company/site is managing its energy usage in a variety of different ways, with descriptions of each technique being used (eg: process improvement, alternative energy use);
  • if solutions have been applied across the supply chain, a description and quantification of the energy/carbon reductions made or enabled as well as descriptions of the partnerships in which they have engaged.

It is important that applications demonstrate a good overall approach to carbon and energy management at site/company level or in the broader supply chain. In addition to highlighting the most recent noteworthy measure, applications should include a potted history of improvement measures to show that the basics have also been addressed.

The winner is asked to produce a case study of their work including:

  • background, briefly describing the company and the reason the work was initiated;
  • what was done and the results obtained;
  • ke learnings and transferable elements.

The last area is seen as vital in encouraging and enabling other companies, particular SMEs, to look at their own organizations to see if the tools and techniques used are applicable. On many occasions winners have also been willing to hold in-depth meetings with others and show them how they have gone about reducing their carbon footprint and energy bill.

Find out more about the CIA Awards

  • Contact point
  • Name
  • Mike Lancaster
  • Organisation
  • CIA
  • Position
  • Head of Events and Regional Affairs
  • Phone
  • +44 1430 421077
  • E-mail
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