Yesterday, as part of the COP16 Climate Conference taking place in Cancun, The Carbon War Room announced the winners of the Gigaton Awards for Outstanding Business Leadership in Climate & Sustainability. Sir Richard Branson, the co-founder of The Carbon War Room, presented the prizes to businesses such as Nike, 3M, and Vodafone.
Of the awards, Sir Richard Branson said:
“These companies demonstrate the potential the business community has in developing innovative solutions that are good for the environment and the economy. The world’s leaders need to embrace the fact that there does not have to be a trade-off between the economy and the environment, and these awards prove that.”
Prizes were awarded primarily for emissions reduction and energy efficiency throughout the businesses. For example, Nike won for its energy savings program and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, 3M won for its energy efficiency, and Vodafone won for its new carbon reducing connections business. Other winners of the award were Reckitt Benckiser Group, Suzion, and GDF Suez.
Another highlight of the awards ceremony was an honorary award presented to Ted Turner for his work combatting climate change and raising global awareness about environmental issues.
These business present a great example for how a modern organization should be striving towards environmental awareness and energy efficiency. It is good to see that deserving businesses are receiving recognition for their efforts.