In just three years, the awards have become one of the most prestigious benchmarks of environmental excellence for corporate UK. The number of submissions this time is more than four times what it was in 2007, and the superb quality of entries continues to make the task of judging extremely daunting.
It is also encouraging to see the broad range of companies and organisations, large and small and from across many sectors, taking part. Of course, this largely reflects the scale and urgency of the environmental risks we face. And if we as businesses are to drive the low-carbon economy, we must both change the way that we do things and have the enterprise and innovation to help our customers do the same by adopting greener lifestyles.
These awards recognise the ability of business to achieve this in a way that simultaneously tackles the problem and creates prosperity. Legally binding targets committing the UK to cut its carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 will certainly sharpen our focus on the challenges and the opportunities.