A survey of 134 environmentalists and sustainable technology business experts expressed disappointment at change implemented by corporate and government policy, with regard to climate change and green issues. The research, gathered at an innovations awards event staged by LEWIS Green, revealed that 62% percent of participants felt corporations aren’t keeping their promises on green issues. The respondents, many of whom are members of the Sustainable Technology Group, want to see commitment to bigger goals, more education on climate change, restrictions on transport use and strict legislation to support the changes. 52% agreed that greater green awareness would help change corporate and public behaviour, with more media attention contributing greatly to take-up of UK initiatives.

Attendees at the forum were also asked about changes they had implemented in their everyday life. 84% percent are regularly recycling, 60% percent are using energy-saving light bulbs, 44% percent have swapped their cars for public transport and 6% have even purchased an electric or hybrid car.

The event, organised by LEWIS Green to support environmental innovation, gave 15 entrepreneurs an opportunity to pitch their green ideas to a panel of sustainable experts and investors. The array of ideas and presentations included:

USBCELL – the rechargeable battery that can be charged direct from a PC.
FOODTUBES – an idea for a nationwide pipe system to transport fresh produce from farms to supermarkets.
Proper Oils – a company turning used cooking oil into bio diesel.
Climate Cars – a car rental company with an all-hybrid car fleet.

The prize of the month’s free PR from LEWIS Green was awarded, by audience vote, to Carbon8 Systems, the company that has developed a solution to reduce landfill using an alkaline substrate.

Clive Booth, Head of LEWIS Green, who hosted the event said, “I’m bored by politicians’ hot air on how we should save the planet. The solution will come from bright, brave entrepreneurs willing to have a go. That’s why we’re supporting Carbon8. They’re not talking about how to be green, they are green. And where they lead, we need to follow.”