SEDDONS Plant & Engineers Ltd has received a special invitation to visit The Houses of Parliament later this year to collect a prestigious environmental award recognising Britain’s greenest organisations.
The company has won a Green Apple Environmental Award for Best Practice for the introduction of the Green Rhino® EnviroPad, a revolutionary form of drip tray which allows organisations to use or store plant, tools or refuelling containers whilst preventing the leakage of hazardous fluids such as oil, diesel or petrol into the environment.
Seddons developed the product in conjunction with Capture Green Environmental Solutions. It encapsulates drips and spills arising from leaking plant and refuelling activities. Placed directly underneath plant and other equipment, it contains a smart membrane with sophisticated polymer technology inside that captures and retains hydrocarbons such as oil, diesel and petrol. Hydrocarbons are transformed into a dry, rubber-like solid within minutes, preventing the release of contaminated water or hazardous fluids into the workplace or local environment.
The Green Apple Environmental Awards are a national campaign to find Britain’s greenest companies, councils and communities. Seddons competed against more than 500 other nominations and will be presented with the award by Miss UK Green Queen at a ceremony on 10th November.
Stephen Seddon, Managing Director of Seddons Plant & Engineers Ltd said, “It will be a great honour to receive a Green Apple Environmental Award in recognition of the EnviroPad’s ability to help organisations ensure environmentally sound practices. The EnviroPad can help companies to avoid prosecution and heavy environmental fines for contaminated ground water. This is a significant problem in the construction industry as in a single month in 2013, the Environment Agency prosecuted UK companies for pollution and environmental crime, resulting in fines totalling over £800,000 and additional legal costs for those companies totalling more than £170,000.”
As a result of this success, Seddons has been invited to have the company’s 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. The company could also progress to represent the UK in the European Business Awards for the Environment.