26 June 2013

The Plan A Awards, which took place at the M&S Plan A Conference on 13 June, showcase the best practice examples from within its supply base. Burges Salmon was shortlisted in three categories at the Awards - including Supplier of The Year 2013, the Innovation Award 2013 and the Smart Business Award 2013 - for the work it has done helping M&S to procure energy directly from small scale renewable generators.

The three categories are outlined as:

  • Supplier of the Year Award 2013 - for an initiative that is part of a comprehensive sustainability strategy.  It recognises projects that demonstrate pace and scale that are replicable on a large scale, and inspire other businesses to act and leave a positive sustainability legacy.
  • Innovation Award 2013 - for a new business model, technology or product that has enabled a sustainable step change within an industry or sector. 
  • Smart Business Award 2013 - for a company that has changed the way it does business or a project that has changed its approach, which has resulted in both cost and sustainability benefits.

Burges Salmon has worked with M&S since 2009, helping to further develop and formalise the retailer’s relationship with renewable energy generators to create a dedicated portfolio, delivering cost and sustainability benefits.  The firm worked closely with the M&S Energy team and devised a suite of direct Power Purchase Agreements based around a Price Guarantee Agreement (PGA) model that fitted with its energy supply contract.

Burges Salmon’s development of the PGA has enabled M&S to procure renewable energy directly from energy generators.  It has redefined energy procurement options for socially responsible businesses and has been a catalyst for new routes to market for smaller renewable energy generators.  Large corporates have also sought to emulate the M&S PGA Model.  By creating the contractual frameworks, Burges Salmon has set the benchmark across the energy industry for contracting renewable power from small-scale renewable generators.  Its legal framework has become the standard, streamlining the time taken for contracts to be signed and has enabled small-scale renewable power generators to start producing power in a shorter timescale.

Energy and waste projects partner Nick Churchward said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted in three categories for the M&S Plan A Supplier Awards.  The firm has worked with M&S for a number of years providing legal advice to Property, Energy and Plan A and these shortlistings are testament to the high levels of client service and unique sector insight that we can offer.”

Key contact

Nick Churchward

Nick Churchward Partner

  • Head of Resource and Waste Management
  • Projects
  • Energy and Utilities

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