On the eve of COP26 in Glasgow, 300 eco aficionados gathered in London for the 11th P.E.A. Awards.
The awards celebrate the green trailblazers and changemakers in the products, services and businesses sectors.
Opening the dramatic ‘Fantasy and Futurism’ green-carpet event, attended by leading professionals in the sustainability industry, Jarvis Smith, founder of the P.E.A. (People. Environment. Achievement.) Awards, said:
“With the pivotal COP26 in Glasgow looming ahead, there has never been a more critical time for sustainability heroes to get noticed. Like tonight’s winners, the P.E.A. Awards have been leading the way by celebrating climate solutions for over a decade. It’s high time our government started learning from those of us who are actually taking real action to safeguard our long-term future.”
The P.E.A. Awards Winners 2021
The P.E.A. Awards Categories
ARTS (Sponsor: My Green Pod)
- Claire Victoria Bishop
- Greg Cochrane
- Jasmine Pradissitto
Winner: Jasmine Pradissitto
Artist Jasmine is breathing art into green issues. She strives to highlight and change the human behaviour that causes environmental destruction.
Her more than seventy worldwide exhibitions include two recently acclaimed projects underlining the quality of post-industrial air.
Why awarded: “Art has always been one of the best ways to drive systematic change across society, but art that draws toxicity from the air is genius.” Dianne Dain
CLIMATE PIONEER (Sponsor: Deloitte)
· Chris Ramsey
· Greg Cochrane
· Jessi Baker, MBE
· Laura Young
· Russ Wakeham
Winner: Jessi Baker, MBE
CEO of pioneering tech platform Provenance, Jessi’s story inspirationally illustrates how environmental change can be achieved through supply chain transparency.
Why awarded: “Provenance has the potential to transform supply chain transparency at scale through blockchain and Jessi’s integrity and attention to detail shone through.” Anna Turns.
DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY (Sponsor: Citrix)
· Ewen Anderson
· Mankaran Ahluwalia
· Phil Law
Winner: Ewen Anderson
Ewen is CIO at Px3, an independent, specialist consultancy providing sustainability assessments to companies seeking to measure and reduce the carbon footprint of their IT and commuting.
Why awarded: “Ewen from PX3 has been working with the biggest tech companies in the universe. We all know the issues around energy and data storage so the fact Ewen helped these giants understand their ongoing impact is very impressive.” Katie Hill.
ENERGY (Sponsor: Octopus Energy)
- Cathy Yitong Li
- Linda Achan
- Mark Millar
- Priyanka Khurana
Winner: Mark Millar
As CEO of Puredrive Energy, the only company designing, developing and manufacturing its Energy Storage Systems in the UK, Mark works to reduce the carbon footprint of production.
Why awarded: “Battery storage is not going away. Puredrive Energy show great penetration in a competitive market, very scalable and a great concept.” Jordan Brompton.
ELECTRIC VEHICLES (Sponsor: Myenergi)
- Fiona Howarth
- Joel Teague
- Toddington Harper
Joint Winners: Fiona Howarth & Toddington Harper
Fiona Howarth: Fiona is CEO of Octopus Electric Vehicles, the EV provider making it easy and affordable for companies to set up salary sacrifice schemes for their employees to go electric.
Why awarded: “A true leader in the space, offering many different electric vehicles, plus part of the Octopus Energy Group with their recent £600m investment. Judges are sure Fiona will scale things even more quickly.” Jordan Brompton
Toddington Harper: Toddington is CEO of EV and sustainable energy business Gridserve, which develops and operates dependable, low-cost, clean energy solutions for critical power infrastructure.
Why awarded: “True innovation, with an incredibly passionate business that will reverse climate change with electric highways.” Jordan Brompton.
FOOD & DRINK (Sponsor: Avallen)
- Caroline Compton-McPherson
- Chris Jaume
- Linda Achan
- Paul Gabie
- Sofia Parente
Winner: Paul Gabie
Paul is CEO of ecoSPIRTS, which is pioneering the solution to single-use glass in the drinks industry with a cutting-edge refillable system.
Why awarded: “Providing a global spirits motorway for sustainable sipping – game-changing for spirits, wine & more.” Stephanie Jordan.
- Satish Kumar and family
- The Cahill family
- The Dale Family
Winner: Satish Kumar and family
Environmental activist, author and the driving force behind Resurgence magazine for over 45 years, Satish and his wife June Mitchell live and breathe a green life which has been passed on to their children, Mukti and Maya, now low-carbon lifestyle pioneers.
Why awarded: “Satish lives and breathes a green life which has been passed onto his children, now new-generation eco-pioneers themselves. The impact and knowledge Satish has shared over decades via his publications, surely makes him worthy of a lifetime achievement award!” Cat Fletcher.
GREEN PIONEER (Sponsor: Weleda)
- Alice Bardwell
- Emma Goulding
- Jessi Baker, MBE
- Jo-Anne Chidley
- Safia Minney
Winner: Safia Minney
Through her various enterprises designed to inspire climate action – including REAL Sustainability CICand Business Declares, plus her many ethical fashion books and initiatives – Safia is pioneering Fair Trade and environmental innovation through supply chains and corporate activism.
Why awarded: “Safia is an icon in green business, a pioneer, a leader and an inspiration to all.” Jayn Sterland.
HEALTH & WELLBEING
- Helen Bee
- Katherine Swift
- Roger Leese
Winner: Roger Leese
The rewilding pioneer isusing his commercial litigation experience at Clifford Chance to bring ESG practices to the fore of leading global companies. His rewilding project in the Highlands explores innovative virtual and digital ways to communicate the benefits of rewilding.
Why awarded: “Roger is at the forefront of rewilding, what he has achieved will have such a huge impact on our country!” Jo Wood.
INFLUENCER (Sponsor: Ethical Influencers)
· Eilidh Gallagher
· Greg Cochrane
· Joanna Adjetey
· Laura Young
· Ruth MacGilp
Winner: Greg Cochrane
The former music journalist and host of the Sounds Like a Plan podcast is demonstrating how music can inspire climate action by telling positive, solution-based stories.
Why awarded: “Greg’s podcast, Sounds Like A Plan, explores entertainment and sustainability in an authentic and exciting way. It has huge potential as music is probably the most powerful medium on the planet.” Besma Whayeb.
- Green Angel Syndicate (GAS)
Winner: Green Angel Syndicate (GAS)
Specialists in smart investments that help to mitigate climate change, GAS works tirelessly to support eco entrepreneurs to provide innovative solutions to climate change and to attain the financial reward they deserve.
Why awarded: “GAS is joining the dots and bridging investment with investors that care more about their cash’s purpose than just profit.” Dianne Dain.
NATURE (Yeo Valley)
- Prevented Ocean Plastic
- Lilly Platt
- Mankaran Ahluwalia
Winner: Lilly Platt
An inspiration for kids and adults alike, Lilly started picking up plastic litter when she was seven and has now collected close to 200,000 pieces. She speaks at high-level events and uses her social media accounts to share her experiences.
Why awarded: “You don’t need to spend money or buy stuff to change the world – anyone can care for Nature and lead by example, and Lilly does just that. She is an inspiration for kids and adults alike.” Katie Hill.
- Andy Orchard
- Gary Styles
- Joey Pringle
- Mankaran Ahluwalia
- Primrose Matheson
- Rohan Dinn
Joint Winners: Andy Orchard and Mankaran Ahluwalia
Andy Orchard: Andy is international marketing consultant at Puro Fairtrade Coffee, which works to better align coffee with community, conservation and climate, protecting the rainforest with every kilo sold.
Why awarded: “Organic coffee done the right way, protecting the rainforest with every kilo sold.” Stephanie Jordan
Mankaran Ahluwalia: Mankaran is CEO of YAYZY, the carbon footprint calculator using payment data to track the carbon footprint of each of your purchases. Providing retailer-specific sustainability data, YAYZY helps you choose where to shop for a smaller carbon footprint.
Why awarded:“The judges felt this could be an absolutely game-changing technology – human behaviour is a whopping 60% of the problem with the climate crisis, and education on what we are buying gives us more choice to live the change.” Stephanie Jordan.
TRAVEL (Sponsor: Delphina Hotels & Resorts)
- Brad Frankel
- Howard Carter
- Rebecca Heaps
Winner: Rebecca Heaps
Rebecca is Founder of Tentshare, a peer-to-peer tent matching service in the model of Airbnb, but for tents. This year, Tentshare has expanded its purpose to tackle festival waste.
Why awarded: “The judges loved this concept. So many single-use tents get bought and wasted, we need to learn to upcycle and recycle.” Jordan Brompton.
· Joey Pringle
· Lou Palmer-Masterton
· Tracey West
Winner: Tracey West
Tracey is CEO and Co-founder of The Word Forest Organisation, a charity underwritten by Tracey’s vegan principles and love for our planet, that shone an important spotlight on mental health during lockdown.
Why awarded: “Tracey is an absolute force of Nature – and proof that positivity can get you far. It was no surprise to hear that vegan principles underwrite her latest venture, Trees are the Key, which shone an important spotlight on mental health during lockdown. Now she’s preparing for the Big Green Clash – a fantastic event to celebrate plant-based athletes.” Katie Hill.