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Green businesses win at Shell Awards

Small businesses combat climate change

A business which turns rubbish into bricks was the winner at the annual Shell Springboard Awards last night.

The competition rewards the UK’s best small business ideas for combating climate change, and this year’s winner, Paula Carey of Carbon8, was the first female winner for three years.

The company, which received its prize at a ceremony in central London last night, uses an ‘Accelerated Carbonation’ process to turn rubbish from landfill sites into building materials such as bricks or roofing.

Shell said that with government incentives, increased consumer awareness, and an estimated market value of £2.8bn, there are major opportunities for small businesses in the climate change market.

Professor John Beddington, keynote speaker at the event and chief scientific advisor to the government, urged businesses to help combat climate change.

“We need innovators to provide solutions to the problem of climate change and entrepreneurs to take them to market,” he said.

Paula Carey added: “Winning this award has already opened doors for us. We’ve confirmed a partnership with Kent Council to create a pilot project on a local landfill site.

“It’s a really positive move for the business and demonstrates how forward thinking our council is when it comes to tackling climate change.”

© Crimson Business Ltd. 2008

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