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Eco-I North West | 2023 Eco-Innovation Awards

Eco-I North West Partner Uni Logos: UoC, MMU, UCLAN, LJM, UoL

The Eco-I NW project team were joined by collaborative business partners, academics, researchers and students at a celebratory awards event.

Much has been achieved over the last 3 years and the volume of collaborative research being undertaken across the North West is substantial. The universities of Lancaster, Central Lancashire, Cumbria, Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores and Manchester Metropolitan showcased business success stories through the Eco-Innovation Awards event whilst giving further opportunity for the worlds of business and academia to network together.

The awards ceremony took place at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, on the evening of 18th May 2023 and included a talk by guest speaker Wayne Hemingway MBE.

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Hear about the awards ceremony and the importance of celebrating eco-innovations from the Eco-I North West team, student researchers, business partners and keynote speaker Wayne Hemingway MBE.

To find out the latest updates post-event, read Lancaster University's press release.

Official pictures taken at the event can be found in this album and will be available for up to one month after the event.

2023 Eco-Innovation Award winners

As announced at the awards ceremony, our 2023 winners are:

Best concept in development - City Centre Commercials

CCC aims to upscale patented technology through a pilot plant to manufacture clay-free unfired bricks. The novel Geobricks are created using geopolymer technology to process clay filter cake, wastes generated after producing recycled aggregates from construction, demolition, and excavation wastes The use of the technology will transform a waste stream into a valuable construction material with reduced emissions.

Carbon journey award - Silverwoods Waste Management

Silverwood Waste Management Ltd are a waste management company based in Altham, specialising in recovering industrial waste in agriculture. The company was nominated for this award for an innovative project on carbon capture using Cement Bypass Dust (CBD) on agricultural soil. Using CBD on agricultural soils replaces the use of virgin quarried fertiliser. The company is committed to achieving 100% Net Zero within two years.

Community champion - Relic Plastic

Relic Plastic CIC challenge the conventional notion of waste by collecting post-consumer plastic, as well as industrial waste or offcuts from local businesses and turn them into high quality handmade products.

Most impactful business innovation - Used Kitchen Exchange

Used Kitchen Exchange Ltd 's vision to be the preferred sustainable choice for home interiors has helped them to develop an innovative plug and play circular economy model to reduce waste and emissions associated with kitchen installation.

Most promising new business - The Rebuild Site

The Rebuild Site CIC aims to address issues of surplus waste on construction sites and encourage the adoption of circular economy principles within the construction industry. They have developed a business model to identify potential barriers in diverting surplus construction materials from downcycling and landfill as a first step towards surplus material reuse. This has developed into Rebuild undertaking regular collections from construction sites via an annual subscription fee, the opening of a retail space to sell surplus materials at a reduced cost, 30 community groups being provided with free construction materials and overall diverting 100+ tonnes of materials from landfill (so far).

Most impactful researcher: Undergraduate - Lee Ollerenshaw; Postgraduate - Matthew Bond

Undergraduate - Lee Ollerenshaw, ELE Advanced Technologies Working with ELE Advanced Technologies. Lee is and ELE are creating a Net Zero Roadmap and reducing waste and carbon in advanced manufacturing processes including grinding and electric discharge machining. Postgraduate - Matthew Bond, REPIC Working with REPIC – the UK’s largest waste electrical compliance scheme on lifecycle analysis and optimisation modelling for carbon reduction of waste electricals across the industry.

The Eco-Innovation Awards gave participating SME’s the opportunity to celebrate their innovative R&D which is big in ambition but low in carbon. 

The awards were open to people and businesses involved in Eco-I NW projects. The 2023 awards categories, assessment criteria and shortlisted nominees are detailed in the menu below:

Award Categories Accordion

The Eco-Innovation awards were free to enter

Applications were scored by a panel of senior members of the Eco-I North West partnership institutions, the universities of Lancaster, Central Lancashire, Cumbria, Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores and Manchester Metropolitan. Winners were presented with a 3D printed award created using recycled waste plastic and were invited to join post-event press releases and coverage.

Eco-I North West Partner Uni Logos: UoC, MMU, UCLAN, LJM, UoL

Key Dates

  • Applications opened on the 1st March 2023
  • Deadline for applications was the 5th April 2023 - Extended to the 16th April 2023
  • Shortlisted finalists have been announced, select the awards from the list above to see the shortlists
  • Winners were announced on the 18th May 2023 at the Eco-Innovation Awards ceremony and are detailed above on this page

Meet 2022 winner - Typhon Treatment Systems

Typhon has collaborated with the Eco-I NW project to further develop an innovative and low-energy LED water treatment system. Find out more about the 2022 awards here:

Eco-I NW Awards 2022

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