Applications now open for Clean City Awards 2021

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City firms reducing carbon emissions, cutting out single-use plastics and improving air quality are being encouraged to enter the capital’s top environmental gongs, the Clean City Awards.

The City of London Corporation, which runs the Clean City Awards, wants to hear from firms of all sizes and sectors across the Square Mile.

The awards are open for applications until Friday October 15, so you’ll have to move fast to be in the running.

The scheme, now in its 27th year, rewards businesses leading the way in improving environmental performance and boosting sustainability. There are five award categories:

Resource and Circular Economy: recognising firms championing recycling, re-using and reducing waste and maximising resource efficiency.

Plastic Free City: celebrating businesses reducing unnecessary plastics from their operations to help make the Square Mile free of single-use plastics.

Air Quality and Climate Action: for businesses taking action to reduce the impact of their operations to cut their carbon footprint and improve air quality.

Communication and Engagement: recognising firms encouraging positive behaviour change by educating and inspiring workforce and stakeholders to champion sustainability.

Chairman’s Cup: rewarding organisations boosting their environmental and sustainability performance to deliver a resilient recovery post COVID-19.

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Last year’s winners include the Bank of England and Investec PLC.

Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Environmental Services Committee, Keith Bottomley, said: “This is important recognition for City businesses taking vital action on environmental sustainability and making changes that matter to us all.

“Our commitment is to support the achievement of net zero carbon emissions for the whole Square Mile by 2040.

“Thousands of City firms share this goal and are leading the way in other areas, too.

“Whether they are eliminating single-use plastics, improving recycling or playing their part in keeping the streets clean – we want to hear from them so that they can be an example to others.”

City businesses need to join the Clean City Awards Scheme before applying for the awards.

Members can attend sustainability support workshops and access resources and networking opportunities.

The City Corporation itself has pledged to become single-use plastic free by the end of the year.

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