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Low-carbon Award; The sharpest companies realise that reducing their energy use is not just about saving the planet but is sound business sense as it saves money. We recognise the most effective and innovative. SPONSOR.

DURHAM & WEARSIDE Winner: Lanchester Wine Group, Annfield Plain The firm imports and trades wines and spirits as well as running its own bottling plant. It has a growing reputation as a green business and plans further investment to give the company a 'carbon minus' status. In 2011 it completed a 41 KW solar installation, its new 40,000 sq ft warehouse includes high-grade insulation, and energy-efficient lighting, its trucks have low emission engines and it plans to power the business by wind turbines.

Runners up Cellular Solutions, Sunderland: The electronic communication firm uses renewable power and provides green prods ucts to its clients. It has also worked hard to cut the carbon footprint at its headquarters.

Northumbrian Water, Pity Me: The Durham utility was the first in the country to use large anaerobic digestion to power its work. It converts 500,000 tonnes of sewage sludge into power and has spent pounds 32m on creating the largest green project of its type and scale in the world.

TEESSIDE Winner: NIFCO UK, Stockton The car parts firm's new multi-million pound factory is certainly green. It has a "very good" BREEAM rating, 80% of the total occupied floor area is lit by daylight and a landscape and habitat management plan has been produced which includes enhanced habitats as an overview and covers hedgerows, grassland, ponds, woodland matrix, bats, birds, owls, newts, butterflies, insects and hedgehogs. Sustainable travel is another key project being championed by the firm.

Runners up CAT-UK, Middlesbrough: Derek Foxcroft has spent four years developing a fuel-saving device, the Eco-CAT, to help firms cut costs and emissions. It can be bolted onto cars, boats and trains, can cut carbon dioxide emissions by around 25% and slash fuel bills by around 20%.

Turbo Connect, Stockton: In the usually dirty turbocharger remanufacturing industry this firm stands out for its policies and recycling standards. The remanufacturing business is classed in most parts as scrap, but the firm has proved that you do not have to work as a scrap yard to operate efficiently.

TYNESIDE AND NORTHUMBERLAND Winner: TDX Limited, Gateshead DX makes recycled plastic sheeting for Tmanufacturers of food packaging. It washes and flakes plastic mineral water and carbonated drinks bottles, previously destined for landfill, and turns them into rolls of new packaging material - saving waste and the manufacture of more plastic.

Runners up Charge Your Car North, Gateshead: This Gateshead College subsidiary has led the move to make the North East the best supplied with electric car charging points in the UK and has fitted more than 300 sites.

South Tyneside Homes, Jarrow: This not-for-profit organisation has dramatically expanded its use of solar panels, ground heat source pumps, solar thermal panels and triple glazing across its portfolio of 17,000 tenanted homes.

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DURHAM WINNER Coun Paul Watson, leader of sponsors Sunderland City Council, with Tony Cleary of Lanchester Wine Group TEESSIDE WINNER Tom Baker of sponsor Port of Sunderland with Mike Matthews of Nifco UK TYNESIDE WINNER Matthew Hunt of sponsor Port of Sunderland with Mark Prinn of TDX Ltd
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Title Annotation:Business
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Apr 18, 2012
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