Categories 2017

The BusinessGreen Technology Awards will celebrate the UK's most exciting and innovative clean technologies.

Your entries should demonstrate how they meet each of three key criteria:

 

  • Innovation: The technology must offer a unique and innovative solution to an environmental challenge.
  • Scalability: The technology must have the potential to reach a significant market.
  • Demonstrable success: The technology must be able to demonstrate quantifiable benefits.

 

Each entry requires two parts:

First - a maximum 150 word summary of why you believe you should win the award.

Second - a more detailed explanation of how you meet the three key criteria. The explanation can take the form of a maximum 750 word written entry and/or three minute video. Supporting materials such as photos and infographics can also be submitted.

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App of the Year

Open to any software application that demonstrates an innovative approach to tackling an environmental challenge. The judges are looking for a new and engaging approach to tackling green issues that demonstrably delivers results and makes it easier for users of the app to improve their environmental performance. Successful entrants must show what makes the app unique, how it uses innovative design and functionality to engage users, and how it has delivered tangible result.

Entries should provide information on:

  • The development process and where the idea for the app came from.
  • The target audience for the app and level of adoption.
  • Evidence the app has had a positive environmental impact.
  • What makes the app innovative and unique.
  • Why the app deserves to win the App of the Year Award.

 

Consumer Gadget of the Year

Submissions for the Consumer Gadget of the Year award should demonstrate how the gadget works, what environmental challenge it addresses and why it deserves to win the coveted title.

The entry should provide information on:

  • How the technology works and how it helps tackle an environmental challenge.
  • Its green credentials.
  • What makes the gadget unique.
  • Pricing and target market.
  • Why the gadget deserves to win the Consumer Gadget of the Year Award

Each shortlisted video will feature on BusinessGreen in the run up to the awards and subscribers will be invited to vote on their favourite.

 

R&D Programme of the Year

Open to any clean tech R&D programme be it from the academic sector, the private sector, or a public-private sector, this award will go to the most innovative and exciting R&D programme dedicated to tackling an environmental challenge. The judges are looking for a programme that deploys best practice research and development techniques to deliver progress towards overcoming an environmental challenge.

Entries should demonstrate:

  • How the programme was developed and how its key goals were set.
  • How the project is funded.
  • Progress to date on meeting the programme's goals.
  • How the programme has overcome challenges to progress its work.
  • The potential for the programme to deliver commercially viable clean technologies
  • Why the programme deserves to win the R&D Programme of the Year Award?

 

Building Technology of the Year

Open to the UK's cutting edge green buildings and green building technologies, the award will recognise the most exciting recent developments in green construction and property. The judges are seeking examples of innovative and inspiring green building technologies that are working to cut environmental impacts and improve building performance.

Entries should demonstrate:

  • How the technology was developed and how it improves a building's environmental performance.
  • How the technology integrates with other green building innovations.
  • How the technology was deployed and how it is performing in practice.
  • The business case for installing the technology. 
  • The potential for the wider roll out of the technology.
  • Why the technology deserves to win the Building Technology of the Year award.

 

Transport Technology of the Year

Open to any transport-related technology than promises to curb the environmental impact of the auto, aviation, or shipping sectors, be it through reduced air pollution, enhanced fuel efficiency, improved resource efficiency, and/or cuts to carbon emissions. The judges are looking for highly innovative technologies that can be applied at scale and will deliver tangible environmental benefits for the transport sector.

Entries should demonstrate:

  • How the technology improves the environmental performance of the transport sector and the scale of potential of green benefits.
  • The innovative aspects of the technology.
  • How the technology improves performance.
  • How it was developed and where it has been successfully deployed. 
  • The potential for the wider roll out of the technology.
  • Why the technology deserves to win the Transport Technology of the Year Award.

Supply Chain/Logistics Technology of the Year

Open to any technology that helps firms curb the environmental impact of their supply chains or logistics operations. The judges are looking for a new and innovative approach for enhancing supply chain performance, be it through more efficient logistics operations, optimised supply chain management, or more effective monitoring of suppliers. Successful entrants will demonstrate how they are tackling a supply chain or logistics challenge and how their technology delivers tangible improvements in environmental performance.

Entries should provide information on:

  • The supply chain or logistics challenge the technology is aiming to address.
  • How the technology is being used to enhance supply chain environmental performance?
  • Evidence the technology has had a positive environmental impact.
  • Why the technology deserves to win the Supply Chain/Logistics Technology of the Year Award.

 

Solar Technology of the Year

Open to any solar energy technology or related technology or component that promises to boost the performance, cost-effectiveness, and/or appeal of solar energy products. The judges are looking to recognise highly innovative solar technologies that address a clear challenge faced by the solar industry and have the potential to build on the sectors' recent success driving down costs and accelerating deployment.

Entries should demonstrate:

  • The challenge the technology is looking to address.
  • The innovative aspects of the technology and how they were developed. 
  • The business case and potential market for the new technology.
  • How the technology improves upon current solar technologies.
  • The impact on the cost, performance and/or attractiveness of solar technologies. 
  • Why the technology deserves to win the Solar Innovation of the Year award

 

Wind Energy Technology of the Year

Open to any wind energy technology or related technology or component that promises to boost the performance, cost-effectiveness, and/or appeal of wind energy technologies. The judges are looking to recognise highly innovative wind energy technologies that address a clear challenge faced by the wind industry and have the potential to build on the sectors' recent success driving down costs and accelerating deployment.

Entries should demonstrate:

  • The challenge the technology is looking to address.
  • The innovative aspects of the technology and how they were developed.
  • The business case and potential market for the new technology.
  • How the technology improves upon current wind energy technologies.
  • The impact on the cost, performance and/or attractiveness of wind energy technologies. 
  • Why the technology deserves to win the Wind Energy Innovation of the Year award.

 

Marine Energy Technology of the Year

Open to any marine energy technology or related technology or component that promises to boost the performance, cost-effectiveness, and/or appeal of marine energy technologies. The judges are looking to recognise highly innovative marine energy technologies that address a clear challenge faced by the marine energy industry and have the potential to build on the sectors' recent success driving down costs and accelerating deployment.

Entries should demonstrate:

  • The challenge the technology is looking to address.
  • The innovative aspects of the technology and how they were developed. 
  • The business case and potential market for the new technology.
  • How the technology improves upon current marine energy technologies.
  • The impact on the cost, performance and/or attractiveness of wind energy technologies.
  • Measures that have been taken to curb the potential local environmental impact of the technology. 
  • Why the technology deserves to win the Marine Energy Innovation of the Year award.

 

Bio-technology of the Year

The Bio-technology of the Year award will go to the bio-technology that promises to deliver the greatest environmental benefits, through reduced carbon emissions, resource impacts, or land use pressures. The judges are looking to celebrate a commercially viable and highly innovative bio-technology that delivers clearly defined environmental benefits for customers.

Entries should demonstrate:

  • The challenge the technology is looking to address and the environmental benefits it promises to deliver.
  • The innovative aspects of the technology and how they were developed. 
  • How the technology addresses concerns about bio-technology land use impacts and other unintended consequences.
  • The business case and potential market for the new technology.
  • Why the technology deserves to win the Bio-technology of the Year award.

 

Smart Grid Technology of the Year

Open to any smart grid technology that promises to reduce the environmental impact and improve the performance of energy infrastructure, be it through improved grid management, voltage control, energy use management, or energy storage capabilities. The judges are looking to reward a commercially viable smart grid technology the promises to revolutionise the UK's power infrastructure.

Entries should demonstrate:

  • The challenge the technology is looking to address and the efficiency and environmental benefits it delivers. 
  • The innovative aspects of the technology and how they were developed.
  • How the technology can integrate with other clean energy and energy efficiency technologies.
  • The business case and potential market for the new technology.
  • Why the technology deserves to win the Smart Grid Technology of the Year award.

 

Clean and Cool Award for International Impact

Open to any UK small or medium sized business that represents the best of British cleantech overseas. Judges are looking for the strength of the international trade or partnership in the last 12 months, the impact of the innovation in the overseas market and the potential for growth.

Entries should demonstrate:

  • A clear strategy for developing an overseas market.
  • Strong international relationships with investors, partners, or customers.
  • A clear commercial opportunity for their clean technology.
  • How they have enhanced the UK's reputation for clean tech innovation.
  • Why the technology deserves to win the Clean and Cool Award for International Impact

 

Future City Technology of the Year

Open to any technology that serves to advance the vision of inter-connected and low-impact cities of the future, this award will recognise cutting-edge innovations that promise to drastically boost the resource efficiency of urban environments while slashing their environmental impact. The judges are looking for technologies that can integrate into the smart or future city vision and deliver a wide range of environmental, social, economic, and commercial benefits.

Entries should demonstrate:

  • How the technology will help deliver smarter cities and how it could integrate with related smart city technologies. 
  • How the technology will reduce environmental impacts and improve quality of life for urban residents. 
  • The innovative aspects of the technology and how they were developed. 
  • The business case and potential market for the new technology.
  • Why the technology deserves to win the Future City Technology of the Year award.

 

Circular Economy Technology of the Year

The Circular Economy Technology of the Year will go to the technology that promises to deliver the most exciting circular economy development, be it through enhanced resource efficiency, closed loop recycling, material science innovation, the embrace of eco-design principles, and/or enabling sharing economy business models. The judges are looking for highly innovative new technologies that embody circular economy thinking and deliver tangible environmental gains in terms of reduced resource use and other environmental benefits.

Entries should demonstrate:

  • How the technology contributes to the circular economy.
  • How the technology will enhance resource efficiency and curb environmental impacts.
  • How the technology embodies eco-design principles.
  • The innovative aspects of the technology and how they were developed.
  • The business case and potential market for the new technology.
  • Why the technology deserves to win the Circular Economy Innovation of the Year award.

 

Breakthrough of the Year

Open to any clean technology, the Breakthrough of the Year award will recognise the most exciting technology breakthrough delivered by a clean tech firm in the past 12 months. The judges are looking to celebrate a potentially game-changing clean tech innovation that promises to deliver large scale environmental benefits as well as a significant boost to the clean tech sector.

Entries should demonstrate:

  • The nature of the technology breakthrough, how it came about, and what makes it unique.
  • The potential scale of environmental benefits and technology performance improvements relating to the breakthrough.
  • The plan for commercialising the technology and the scale of the prospective market. 
  • Why the technology deserves to win the Breakthrough of the Year award.

 

Clean Tech Marketing Campaign of the Year

The Clean Tech Marketing Campaign of the Year Award will recognise the marketing or advertising campaign that best raises the profile of a green technology, generating customer interest and/or public engagement. The judges are looking for an innovative approach to clean tech marketing that eschews cliched messaging and imagery and grabs the target audience's attention.

Entries should provide information on:

  • The goals of the campaign and how they were reached.
  • How the campaign was tailored to resonate with its target audience.
  • The positive results the campaign delivered for the technology it was promoting.
  • Why the campaign deserves to win Clean Tech Marketing Campaign of the Year?

Clean Tech Investor of the Year

Open to any clean tech investor, be it an angel investor, venture capital firm, crowd-funding platform, bank, trust, public-private body, or blue chip investment arm, who has successfully mobilised investment in the clean technology sector. The judges are looking for organisations that have invested in clean tech companies or projects since the start of 2015, successfully selecting new technologies, supporting clean tech entrepreneurs, and pioneering innovative new financing models.

Entries should provide information on:

  • How they select which technologies to invest in.
  • The size and reach of their clean tech portfolio.
  • What attracted them to the clean tech sector and that steps they take to promote the wider industry.
  • How they plan to continue to mobilise finance for the clean tech sector.
  • Why they deserve to win Clean Tech Investor of the Year?

 

Clean Tech Start-up of the Year

Open to any clean tech company that has successfully launched since the start of 2015, the Start-up of the Year Award will recognise those early stage businesses that are already making waves through their clean technology innovations. The judges are looking for companies that have completed a successful launch, raising investment, developing an effective and attractive product, pulling together an accomplished team, and securing early commercial success in a competitive market.

Entries should provide information on:

  • How the company came to be formed.
  • The clean technology the company has developed and the environmental benefits it is delivering.
  • How the company attracted investors and generated customer interest to support its launch.
  • Why the company deserves to win Clean Tech Start-up of the Year?

 

Innovator of the year

The one BusinessGreen Technology Award on offer to an individual engineer, inventor, or entrepreneur, the Innovator of the Year Award will recognise the individual who has made this year's most impressive contribution to the clean technology sector. The judges are looking for an individual who has an impressive track record of clean technology development, and who has also helped nurture UK innovation throughout their career.

Entries should demonstrate:

  • The clean tech breakthroughs the individual has helped to deliver.
  • The skill set the individual brings to their role.
  • The contribution the individual has made to promoting the clean tech sector.
  • Why the individual deserves to win the Innovator of the Year award.

 

Fast Track Technology of the Year

This award aims to recognise the technology that has delivered a truly impressive sales and deployment performance over the past 18 months. Given the scale of the environmental challenges we face, clean technologies need to be deployed at scale and at pace and this award aims to recognise projects that are being effectively delivered out in the market.

 

  • How is the technology deployed and how is it securing market share?
  • What challenges did the company have to overcome to deploy the technology at scale and at pace?
  • What are the company's plans to further accelerate deployment.

 

Automotive Technology of the Year

This award recognises the exciting and innovative clean technologies that are emerging in the automotive field and are helping to slash greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. The judges are looking for technologies that can be applied widely and which are demonstrably delivering both environmental and performance benefits.

 

  • What does the technology do and how was it developed?
  • What is the business plan for deploying the technology at scale?
  • What environmental and performance benefits does the technology deliver?

 

Technology of the year

The Technology of the Year will be selected by the judges from the winners of the other categories.

 

Lifetime Achievement Award

To be announced at the Awards Ceremony