The Advanced Propulsion Centre was last night crowned ‘NGO of the Year’ at the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards which celebrate the leading businesses, executives, entrepreneurs, investors, and campaigners from across the green economy. The annual awards, now in their fifth year highlight how these pioneers are driving the emergence of innovative and sustainable new business models and technologies.
The theme of this year’s BusinessGreen Leaders Awards is action, as we reach the half way point of a decade that will in many ways determine whether or not the UK, Europe, and the wider world can build a genuinely sustainable economy.
The awards cover every aspect of the green economy from transport to energy and from small businesses to multinationals, providing organisations of all sizes with the opportunity to highlight how they are contributing to the new green economy. The winners were selected by the BusinessGreen panel of expert judges, including some of the UK’s most high profile green business executives and winners from previous years’ awards.
The APC was one of seven NGOs shortlisted for the ‘NGO of the Year’ following the nomination in April.
Chief Executive of the APC, Tony Pixton accepted the award on behalf of the organisations who have supported the development of this unique resource dedicated to positioning the UK as a global centre of excellence for low carbon advanced propulsion technology.
The APC has invested in 10 major low carbon propulsion projects worth more than £174 million which will secure or create more than 4,500 jobs in the UK and reduce CO2 emissions by more than 12 million tonnes, equivalent to the CO2 emissions from 630,000 new cars, every year, for the next 12 years.
The fourth APC funding competition (APC4) closed on 1st July 2015 and the results will be announced in Autumn 2015. The next funding competition (APC5) will open during November 2015, but urgent applications can be considered through an ‘exceptional process’.