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BUSINESS IS VITAL TO ACHIEVING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

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Business is vital to delivering sustainable development in Wales, assembly environment secretary Sue Essex has said...
Business is vital to delivering sustainable development in Wales, assembly environment secretary Sue Essex has said.

Addressing the Wales Environment Awards 2000 Ms Essex said sustainable development needs business to develop good practice for the future. Some people still believed that sustainable development was only about environmental protection.

A healthy environment and prudent use of natural resources was crucial, but also important was a fairer society, confident, vibrant communities and a thriving, competitive economy which marketed itself on quality and respect for employees, customers and the environment.

Ms Essex said: 'The pressures on industry to improve its environmental performance are increasing. It is essential that Welsh companies respond positively to these pressures in order to realise the business benefits that waste minimisation, energy efficiency and environmental accreditation can bring. The assembly, under its business and environment campaign, will continue to support Welsh companies in this process.'

Presenting the award in the company with less than 50 employees category Ms Essex said: 'Limited environmental impacts, lack of time and resources are often put forward as reasons why smaller companies cannot address environmental issues. The finalists in this category have demonstrated that this does not have to be the case. I have been very impressed by the initiatives undertaken by all the finalists in each category and commend all the finalists on their actions to date.'

Note

The Wales Environment Awards are run by Arena Network and recognise achievement in environmental good practice in the business sector.

Arena Network is a registered charity. Their main activities are directed towards supporting businesses in Wales with their environmental agendas, providing increased awareness and guidance.

This was the third year of the awards, which are sponsored by the national assembly for Wales.

A list of finalists and winners is attached.

WALES ENVIRONMENT AWARDS 200 - WINNERS AND FINALISTS (WINNERS IN BOLD)

Community Support

Kyushu Matsushita Electric (UK) Ltd, Duffryn, Newport

RMC Aggregates (South Wales) Ltd, Wenvoe

Keep Wales Tidy, Cardiff

Team Award

Align-Rite Ltd, Bridgend

Marche Ltd, Welshpool

Sony Manufacturing Co. Ltd, Bridgend

Service Sector

DARA Sealand, Welsh Road, Sealand, Flintshire

Park Environmental Services Ltd, Newport

PHS Group Ltd, Caerphilly

Companies with more than 250 employees

INCO Europe Ltd, Clydach, Swansea

Continental Teves UK Ltd, Ebbw Vale

Control Techniques Drives Ltd, Newtown

Cxorning Optical Fibres, Deeside

Companies with 50 -250 employees

Pilkington Special Glass Ltd, St Asaph, Denbighshire

Align-Rite, Bridgend

Isringhausen (GB) Ltd, Wrexham

Companies with less than 50 employees

Primeshade Contracts Ltd, Pyle, Bridgend

Lovesgrove Research Ltd, Machynlleth

Matsushita Magnetron Corp. (UK) Ltd, Cwmbran

Plastek Industries Ltd, Tonypandy

WINNER OF WALES ENVIRONMENT AWARD FOR 2000

Continental Teves UK Ltd, Ebbw Vale W00606-Env

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