Our 2023 Awards Finalists:

Our 2023 Awards Compére:

Barra Best

Barra Best

We are delighted to welcome Barra Best as compére for our inaugural awards event!

An accomplished presenter and journalist, Barra has been broadcasting across the airwaves for BBC Northern Ireland for more than 15 years.

After cutting his teeth as a news and current affairs reporter Barra moved to the weather team in 2010 and remains there today, forecasting the weather and reporting on it when weather becomes the news story.

He has also fronted a number of popular BBC 1 series including ‘Walk The Line’, which charted the lost railways of Northern Ireland, ‘Coast Lives’ which examined the lives of those that live, work, and holiday around our coast, and ‘Barra’s Return of The Wild’ which explored some of our threatened native species and the conservation efforts to bring them back from the brink of extinction.

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2023 Trophy Artist: Ruthie Stewart

Our 2023 award trophies have been designed and created by Lisburn based artist, Ruthie Stewart of Orlaith’s Studio. To find out more about Ruthie click on the link.

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Award Categories & Sponsors:

Sustainable Tourism & Hospitality Initiative of the Year:

This award is focused on those businesses within the tourism and hospitality sector who have developed innovative and ambitious sustainability initiatives and projects that address issues such as (although not limited to) diversity, inclusion and equality; enhanced biodiversity projects; improved resource management; customer awareness, engagement and behavioural change initiatives; community engagement; energy management.

Our judges are seeking evidence of the initiative/s that has been developed and the outcomes that has helped to drive forward positive change for all stakeholders.


Academy Restaurant, Ulster University
Castle Leslie Estate
Erne Water Taxi
Killeavy Castle Estate
Morrison Hotel
Responsible Plastic Management Program
Royal Portrush Golf Club

Social Sustainability, Diversity & Inclusion Initiative of the Year:

This award is focused on showcasing companies who are putting social sustainability, equality, diversity and inclusion at the heart of their organisation. Whether it’s promoting equality and diversity within the workplace, developing charitable schemes or community development projects.

Our judges are looking for socially responsible business initiatives that are driving positive change for all.


Energia Group
Global Action Plan
Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful
The Kindness Postbox

Green Marketing / Stakeholder engagement initiative of the year:

This award is focused on organisations who have developed or delivered a successful green marketing campaign, or initiative which seeks to engage customers / citizens and stakeholders in their green products or services, or encourage more sustainable practices or lifestyles.

Our judges will be looking for innovative and inspiring marketing, engagement, awareness raising and/or advertising initiatives that are fact based, avoid greenwashing and lead to a tangible increase in awareness and / or engagement and actions among the target audience.


Createschool – The Rubbish Film Festival
Fish City
Global Action Plan
Responsible Plastic Management Program
The Earthy Marketplace

Net-Zero initiative of the year:

This award is open to all industry types and focuses on the development and/or delivery of ambitious decarbonisation strategies. Entrants for this category are required to demonstrate how they will dramatically reduce emissions across their organisations, or for their wider stakeholders, but are not necessarily expected to have an absolute net-zero target in place.


ESB – The Sustainability Transformation Enablement Programme
Mid & East Antrim Borough Council – Hydrogen Training Academy
Pat O’Donnell & Co
Plaswire Ltd

Green Exporter of the Year:

This award focuses on businesses or organisations who are exporting a product or service outside of their own, local region and offers a more sustainable option for the end user, and / or considers more sustainable production methods.

This may include (but is not limited to) products or services that drive decarbonisation, improve upon resource circularity, and / or energy efficiency, and / or offer the end customer a more sustainable end product through it’s production methods for example.

Our judges will be seeking evidence of an increase in export of the goods / services over the past 24 months; how the product / service offers a more sustainable solution / option and what the overall impacts have been for all stakeholders.


Plaswire Ltd
The Culinary Food Group

Energy Initiative / Project of the Year:

This award is open to all organisations and focuses on showcasing examples of best practice within proactive energy management that will enable a more sustainable future energy system for all. This may include (but is not limited to) the development of sustainable / renewable energy technologies, onsite energy management systems and / or consumer engagement and behavioural change initiatives. The award focuses on ambitious energy projects and initiatives that have been developed over the past 24 months.


Mid & East Antrim Borough Council
NIE Networks
SSE Airtricity Energy Services & Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

Food Waste Reduction Initiative of the Year:

This award recognises initiatives that reduce wasted food within organisations across the Island, helping to increase resource efficiency, food waste management, the reduction of unnecessary expenditure and / or demonstrates a commitment to engaging the wider community.

Judges will be looking for projects that demonstrate tangible impacts, increase stakeholder engagement and / or awareness and ultimately help to advance the move towards improved management of food resources.


Aldi Ireland
Community Fridge, Ballycastle
Positive Carbon
Waste & Resources Action Programme

Waste, Resource Management & Circular Economy Initiative of the Year:

This award recognises initiatives that drive an increase in waste and resource reduction, recycling and/or reuse or an increased focus on circular economy.

Judges will be looking for projects that demonstrate tangible impacts, increase stakeholder engagement and/or ultimately help to advance the move towards a more resource efficient and circular economy.


Bread 41
Farrans Construction Ltd
Heron Bros Ltd
Recon Waste Management Ltd
WEEE Ireland

Consultant / Consultancy of the Year:

This award is open to all consultant, consultancies or advisory firms that have delivered quantifiable environmental and / or social improvements for their clients.

Our judges are focused on applications that are helping clients work towards and achieve their sustainability ambitions that go above and beyond their normal practice.


Copper Coast Renewables
Fifty Shades Greener
Mabbett & Associates Ltd, Rob Duncan
Metec Consulting Engineers

Housing / Buildings Initiative of the Year:

This award aims to showcase the most innovative and inspiring green building, infrastructure and architectural projects developed over the past 24 months. This is open to all housing and building initiatives and may include (but is not limited to) projects such as new building developments, retrofitting programmes and/or energy efficiency upgrades.


Fraser Millar
Queens University Belfast
SSE Airtricity Energy Services & Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
The Electric Storage Company
TODD Architects

Young Changemaker of the Year:

This award is focused on the outstanding efforts and achievements of inspiring young sustainability and environmental changemakers who are driving positive change within their organisation, the community, the local environment and/or across the low-carbon economy. The award is open to anyone under the age of 30 (as of by the end of March 2023), and it can be entered for directly or through nomination.


Jacinta Hamley, Climate Craic CIC
Manuela Ross, Brugnach / TASC
Meabh Reynolds, GoPlugable
Padraig Meehan, OutForm Consulting
Una Barrett, Felix O’Hare

Biodiversity Initiative of the Year

In a 2020 global assessment of 240 countries it was discovered that Northern Ireland was the 12th worst performing country for biodiversity loss, with the Republic of Ireland ranking 13th lowest.

This award seeks to address this issue and recognise the outstanding efforts of organisations, and individuals, who are working to enhance, restore and / or improve biodiversity across the region.

Our judges are seeking evidence of positive and tangible impacts that have been achieved over the course of the project, or initiative described.


Gas Networks Ireland
Mid & East Antrim Borough Council
The Green Graveyard Company

Agri-Food Initiative of the Year

This award aims to showcase sustainable best practice within the agri-food sector and focuses on producers and businesses across NI and Ireland that are taking innovative steps to change the way that food is produced, processed, traded and consumed, is developed in ways that protects, improves and restore wildlife and the natural environment and / or is working towards building a more resilient and robust food system for the future.


Clandeboye Estate Yoghurt
Foyle Food Group – Aberdeen Angus Genetics
Green Pheasant Farm
Lynn’s County Foods
McAuliffe Pig Farms

Judges Merit Award: Small Business of the Year

Our judges were so impressed by the quality of submissions received from micro and small businesses that an additional category has been developed to showcase those who ranked most highly in this year’s judging process:


Bee Sanctury of Ireland
The Courtyard Cafe, Ballycastle
The Earthy Market Place
The Green Graveyard

Overall Winner of the Year 2023:

This final award of the evening recognises, from all the winners of the evening, the business who will be awarded the most Sustainable Business of the Year 2023.

This award recognises the organisation that has taken its environmental, social and financial performance to new heights in an effort to achieve a more sustainable future for all stakeholders and are working to advance a greener economy now, and into the future.

Unlike the other awards, this one is based on the merit of the evening’s overall winners and so there is no additional registration process.

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Entries are now closed

Awards Nomination Form



Important information before completing your application:

All sections that include a (Required) are considered essential sections. It is your responsibility to ensure that all essential sections are complete before submitting your nomination. Failure to do so may render your application null and void.

Applications must be submitted via the website by 1pm on the 15th of August 2023. 

If you would like to view the format of the application, and prepare your answers in a separate document before applying online, then please download our word template below.

PLEASE NOTE that all applications must still be submitted online however. Emailed word documents will NOT be accepted. The format document may be downloaded via this link: Award form template

Entries have now closed. We hope that you got your entry submitted and look forward to seeing you at the awards!

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