Vaillant held-up as ‘shining example’ at green awards night

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Belper boiler firm Vaillant has won a regional award for sustainable manufacturing.

Bosses from the Nottingham Road company, which produces ‘high energy efficiency and low emissions’ products, travelled down to a presentation at Gaydon in Warwickshire to receive the accolade at the EEF/ENER-G awards.

The company will now go onto the national finals, which will be held in London in January 2014, where they will compete against other regional winners from across the UK.

Vaillant was selected for the honour for its ‘Sustainability in Environment, Employees, Development and products and Society (S.E.E.D.S) programme.

The initiative ‘dramatically minimised’ the company’s energy waste and landfill material, and 82 per cent of all the company’s packaging is now returnable or reusable.

Nick Linklater, Head of Corporate Accounts for awards sponsor ENER-G, said: “Vaillant are setting a shining example of green business excellence for others to follow. They have made impressive strides to minimise waste and have demonstrated that good environmental performance makes excellent business sense.”

The company was also runner-up of the Health and Safety Award, sponsored by RK Harrison Insurance Services, for its ‘2020 Vision – ZERO HARM’ initiative, which saw its total incidence rate reduced by 52 per cent.

The award recognises manufacturers that have achieved improvements in the health and safety culture of their workplace.