Lontra has won the Sustainability Product Innovation award in the Energy Efficiency category at the edie Sustainability Leaders Awards 2015. Lontra beat a shortlist of 8 including firms such as EDF Energy.
The innovative engineering firm won having impressed the judging panel with the success story of its revolutionary Blade Compressor®. The annual awards – now in their 9th year – celebrate key aspects of business sustainability, with Lontra merited for its environmental excellence.
Steve Lindsey, founder and CEO of Lontra and designer of the Blade Compressor®, says:
“It’s great to win at the Edie sustainability awards. This accolade is further evidence of the great work that our team has achieved over the past few years and to win this prestigious award in the face of such stiff competition is truly an honour.”
Lontra saw off competition from eight other contenders to win the Energy Efficiency Award, having been one of 88 finalists whittled down from hundreds of entries in 14 categories by industry experts. The fast-growing Napton-based company was crowned during a ceremony at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London on 19 November 2015, with categories ranging from Energy and Water Management through to Sustainable Supply Chains, Employee Engagement and Product Innovation.
Household and business utility provider EDF Energy went head to head with Lontra in the Energy Efficiency category, with entrants in other categories including Marks & Spencer, Capgemini and Coca-Cola Enterprises.
Lontra’s proven and patent protected Blade Compressor® is the first clean sheet compressor design in 80 years. A circular mechanism replaces the old ‘up and down’ piston technology, compressing air – or gas – in front and inducing the air behind in continuous motion, minimising waste.
The technology has already been demonstrated to great acclaim in the Water Industry, where in a trial with Severn Trent Water the Blade Compressor® delivered energy savings of 21%. It has since been licensed to Sulzer for the £600m per annum (pa) municipal and regulated waste water sector.
Opening the Awards, edie editor Luke Nicholls said:
“The Sustainability Leaders Awards have become a shining example of how the green industrial revolution is entering the corporate mainstream.”
“All of this year’s finalists have shifted from talking about ambitious sustainability initiatives to delivering them at scale and at pace. And in many cases, they’re already seeing a huge return on investment.”