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YTL's Wessex Water wins Queen's Award for Enterprise and Sustainable Development
South West Business, 13 November 2013
YTL's Wessex Water, the business supplying Bath with water, has been awarded for its commitment to sustainability.

The award was presented by Lady Gass Lord Lieutenant of Somerset at the Wessex Water headquarters, in the city.

Chairman of Wessex Water, Colin Skellett, said during the last 15 years the company had remained focused on sustainability.

"Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do at Wessex Water so we are delighted to have been recognised for this and to receive this accolade."

"It is not just about being environmentally friendly, but it is also about offering excellent customer service and value for money, being a good employer with efficient working practices and continuing to attract new investment."

Wessex Water is the only water firm to have won the award twice and this time was recognised for its catchment management initiative to protect the environment.

The initiative involves working with farmers to help them manage their use of nitrates and pesticides to prevent contamination of drinking water sources, to avoid building additional energy-intensive water treatment facilities.

Tan Sri Francis Yeoh, Managing Director of YTL Power International said "I am very proud of all at Wessex for winning the Queens Award the second time. It is unprecedented. I give our Lord Jesus all the honor and glory."

YTL Power International owns 100% of Wessex Water.

YTL's Wessex Water Funding protects farmland feathers
Wessex Water, 23 October 2013
Funding has been provided to a bird project in Dorset so declining farmland birds can be protected while a new pipeline is laid. Mark Doughty, principal ecologist for our engineering and construction department, explained that it was important Wessex Water did all it could to reduce its impact on the environment while the work was taking place.

“Building a long-distance water main through an area designated as being an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty certainly presents a challenge, but through the SWFBP, we hope that we can also use the opportunity to give a real boost to numbers of farmland birds and other wildlife.

YTL's Wessex Water receives gold award for health and safety
Dorset Echo, 6 August 2013
YTL's Wessex Water has received an award in recognition of its approach to health and safety.

The company’s in house construction firm Wessex Engineering Construction Services (WECS) received the gold award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) as part of its Occupational Health and Safety Awards.

Farmers get a taste of food waste from GENeco, a YTL Wessex Water subsidiary
Wessex Water, 22 June 2013
Farmers from across the South West were among the first visitors to be given a tour in YTL’s Wessex Water new food waste recycling and renewable energy facility in Bristol this week. The facility, which is based at Bristol sewage treatment works in Avonmouth, is operated by Wessex Water through its wholly owned subsidiary company GENeco and transforms 40,000t per year of household and supermarket waste into useful by-products, such as nutrient-rich fertiliser and renewable energy. The fertiliser is produced through anaerobic digestion - a process in which bugs break down biodegradable material to produce methane gas. Each year GENeco recycle around 240,000 tonnes of this nutrient-rich fertiliser to farmers across the region.

Eco-warrior daughter charts YTL's green path
Straits Times, 21 January 2013
Years ago, when Malaysian billionaire Francis Yeoh of YTL Group was shovelling soil and planting shrubs with his eldest child Ruth at his luxury resort on Pangkor island, he was sowing the seeds of something bigger.

The father-and-daughter activity at the rainforest-nestled private island along peninsular Malaysia's west coast formed the green shoots of the corporate eco warrior the girl would become one day.

"He explained that as I grew, so would the seeds, to become majestic trees," she recalls. "Since then, I have always appreciated nature and wanted to do more."

"Weaving environmental protection into the group's businesses was straightforward. YTL has been clean and green for decades, even before words such as 'sustainability', 'corporate social responsibility' and 'carbon credits' became popular terms," she says.

Significant strides to cut waste and carbon footprint have been made within the group's business. GENeco - a subsidiary of YTL's water utilities business in the UK, Wessex Water - has developed a Volkswagen vehicle named the "Bio Bug" which runs on biogas.

Meanwhile, cement manufacturing arm, YTL Cement, produced the first "green" cement in Malaysia by intensifying the production of blended cement.

 
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