GRUNDFOS and Wolseley Group last week won the collaboration award category at the H&V News Awards, in recognition of our work with the pump manufacturer to improve the circular economy within our industry.

The H&V News Awards have been celebrating the achievements of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning sector for almost 30 years. It is entered by the most forward-thinking, innovative and customer-focused businesses, including manufacturers, contractors, consultants and installers - and their customers.

We won with Grundfos for our shared Take Back Scheme, which encourages customers to return their old pumps, which are then responsibly recycled which saves 50% of the water and 13% of CO2 emissions vs traditional recycling and ensures more of the recycled material re-enters the supply chain. This is an industry first circular economy project that results in significantly better environmental performance.

“This award is testimony to both the power of cross-industry collaboration and that a relatively straightforward scheme can drive significant sustainable benefits when well-executed,” said Ben Oliver, Senior Marketing Project Manager at Grundfos.

Nick Coad, Head of ESG and Wolseley, said: “Innovating through circular economy models is critical if our sector is to drive the level of sustainable change required, not just in reducing greenhouse gas emissions but in creating greater efficiency and reuse in water and waste-water management.”