Best eco-friendly stores are named at Peterborough’s Queensgate shopping centre

All the winners of the Queensgate Growing Greener Awards.
All the winners of the Queensgate Growing Greener Awards.
  • Ten retailers named for best performance in green awards.
  • Floor vinyls in centre will recognise winners.
  • Energy savings made are enough to power 1,063 homes for a year.
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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:

Winners of the Most Energy Efficient Large Retailer -  Primark

Winners of the Most Energy Efficient Large Retailer - Primark

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.