The National is delighted to announce that Dŵr Cymru will be the headline sponsor of the inaugural 2021 The National Environmental Awards 2021, which will celebrate the people in Wales working to fight climate change and improve our environment. 

The awards will be an opportunity for readers of The National to shout about, and reward, the individuals, businesses, schools and groups who deserve to be recognised for their hard work, dedication and innovation. 

Dŵr Cymru/Welsh Water is a not-for-profit company which supplies drinking water and wastewater services to most of Wales. Peter Perry, Chief Executive of Dŵr Cymru, told The National:

“We are delighted to be supporting The National Environment Awards 2021. As one of the largest landowners and energy users in Wales, we are committed to protecting and enhancing the environment in our care.

"As a company, we have our sights set firmly on delivering net zero carbon emissions by 2040 and to increase the use of renewables to achieve full energy independence by 2050.

"These awards will help uncover some of the great things already being done by individuals and businesses throughout Wales - all helping to create a more sustainable Wales.”

The Managing Director of Wastewater Services at Dŵr Cymru, Steve Wilson, said: “Welsh Water is delighted to be headline sponsor of the inaugural The National Environment Awards 2021. 

“The Welsh Government has declared a climate emergency and the only way we can really make a positive impact to create a more sustainable Wales is if we all work together. This year’s awards will help uncover those unsung heroes, to shine a light on the businesses making a great contribution to help protect our environment for future generations.”

The nominations for The National Environment Awards are open and will close on 27 August  2021, with the judging taking place in early September.

The ceremony itself will be broadcast November 11, which will coincide with the COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow. This is a time when the environment will be at the top of the news agenda.

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Editor of The National, Gavin Thompson said:

“Covering climate change and broader environmental issues in Wales was one of the reasons that we launched The National back in March.

“The inaugural National Environment Awards is a key part of how we do that. Through the awards we intend to showcase some brilliant projects and individuals from across Wales who are doing their bit to make the nation a better place.

"Some will be doing small things in their community, others might be leaders who are inspiring change around the world.

“Protecting our environment is part of Dŵr Cymru’s mission statement too, so the organisation is the perfect partner for our inaugural awards.

"Through this partnership we will be able to tell more stories about how people are combating climate change and helping to ensure a brighter, sustainable future for Wales.”

There are ten categories in total for The National Environment Awards 2021 and all are viewable here - so get nominating!