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16/11/2018

Green glory for McGee

McGee has won the Silver Environment Award in the national campaign to find the greenest individuals, companies, councils, and communities.

They competed against more than 800 other nominations in the Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice with their project, The Londoner in Leicester Square.

They were presented with their trophy and certificate at a glittering presentation ceremony hosted by Liz Kendall MP at the Houses of Parliament on November 12th, 2018.

The judges commented:

“A significant hotel and leisure complex in the heart of London brought with it the opportunity to apply military style control and monitoring in a bid to curb negative effects at every opportunity. The achieved benefits are many, but reduced vehicle movements, CO2 output, and landfill waste prove the effectiveness of the approach.”

Marc Byrne, McGee Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, said:

“Whilst industry recognition for environmental best practice is always welcome, what especially makes this award stand out is that our innovation was recognised. The site and Environmental team were faced with daunting challenges servicing a project in the middle of London’s tourist district and all the logistical problems that brings.  But, with the innovative use of technology and planning, they delivered on programme and managed to significantly reduce our impact on the environment, community, and also made savings in terms of projected emissions. The best practice and innovation developed at The Londoner will be rolled out on all our future jobs.”

As a result of this Green Apple Award success, McGee has been invited to have their winning paper published in The Green Book, the leading international work of reference on environmental best practice, so that others around the world can follow their example and learn from their achievement. They could also progress to represent their country in the Green World Awards 2019 and have 100 trees planted in their name as part of the United Nations Billion Trees initiative.

The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and have become established as the country’s major recognition for environmental endeavour among companies, councils, communities, and countries.

The awards are organised by The Green Organisation – an international, independent, non-political, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world. The Green Apple Awards are supported by the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management, REHIS and other independent bodies.