From left to right: Derek Smith (Chela Sales Representative in charge of Cross Country Trains account), Iwan Fisher (Chela Director), Paul Crowley (CrossCountryTrains Procurement Manager), and Sarah Ball (Head of Procurement at Cross Country Trains).

Chela and Crosscountry Trains have won an International Green Apple Environment Award in the campaign to find the greenest companies.

They competed against more than 800 other nominations in the International Green Apple Awards, and they have been presented with their trophy and certificate at a glittering presentation ceremony in the Houses of Parliament, London, on 20 November.

As a result of this International Green Apple Award success, they have been invited to accept Green World Ambassador status and have their 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 lead and learn from their achievement.

The judges said of their project, Environmental Best Practice:

“Chela, a longstanding supplier to CrossCountry Trains, collaborated with them to reduce the environmental impact of their supplied products. Initiatives included carbon reduction through fewer deliveries, biodegradable gloves, compostable cleaning cloths, and recycled refuse sacks. Solar panels were also installed at Chela’s factory, along with other eco-friendly measures. “

This will also entitle them to represent their country in the Green World Environment Awards, which are held in a different country every year.

The Green Apple Awards are run by The Green Organisation, an international, independent, non-profit, non-political environment group that began in 1994 to recognise, reward, and promote environmental best practice around the world.