The winners have been named in Peterborough’s Queensgate shopping centre’s first green awards.
The eco-friendly awards have been created to encourage retailers in the centre to do more to cut their impact on the environment.
The winners of the Growing Greener Awards were announced at a ceremony in London at the London Transport Museum.
Ten retailers were recognised for their significant achievements in reducing their energy, waste and water impacts.
The event was hosted by Liz Parkes, deputy director of climate change and business development at the Environment Agency.
The winners are:
Most Energy Efficient Small Retailer 2015: Fleur by Lizz
Most Energy Efficient Large Retailer 2015: Primark
Small Store with Highest Recycling Efficiency 2015: The Body Shop
Large Store with Highest Recycling Efficiency 2015: John Lewis
Most Water Efficient Small Retailer 2015: Boost
Most Water Efficient Large Retailer 2015: Boots
Most Engaged Retailers 2015: Topshop and Pandora
Most Improved Retailers 2015: Argos and M&S
A series of floor vinyls will be placed outside of each award winning store in recognition of their achievements.
Retailers who were highly commended for their efforts were Michael John Hairdressers, Fat Face, Carluccio’s, Leslie Davis, Monsoon/ Accessorize, GAME, Next, Costa, Greggs and HMV.
Carol Wakelin, Queensgate’s environmental manager, said: “A huge congratulations go to the winners, but also to all of our retailers who have taken great strides in improving their environmental credentials, and should all be commended for their efforts.
“We are already one of the greenest shopping centres in the region but our goal is to combine forces with our retailers to become the greenest shopping centre in the UK, or possibly even Europe.
“If all stores across the whole of the country could also make these simple changes, the impact that we have on the environment would be greatly reduced.”
Over the year, retailers in Queensgate have worked to help make the centre as environmentally friendly as possible.
This has been done by improving and reducing their use of energy and water and boosting their ability to recycle and reuse - with no waste going to landfill.
Overall the savings identified included:
4,253,000 kWh of energy - enough to power 1063 homes for a year.
2933 tonnes of CO2e - enough to cover the CO2 emissions of 1000 Peterborough commuters in 2015.
3000m3 of water - enough to fill Peterborough’s Vivacity pool twice.