Andrew Grant, CO2 Group CEO was one of six of Victoria and Tasmania’s best entrepreneurs announced on Friday 17 July in Melbourne. Andrew won in the Cleantech category.
Andrew will go on to compete with other Southern Region category winners and social entrepreneurs in the 2009 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year national awards in November.
The entrepreneurial pursuits of the six winners included industries spanning carbon offsetting, salmon farming, steel production, hospitality, car sales and electronics. Along with Andrew, other winners in the 2009 Southern Region were:
- Mark Ryan, Tassal Group Limited (Listed category);
- Joe Calleja, Apex Group (Products category);
- Paul Constantinou, Quest Serviced Apartments (Services category);
- Greg Roebuck, Carsales.com (Technology & Emerging Industries category); and
- Ruslan Kogan, Kogan Technologies (Young Entrepreneur category).
The Awards also celebrated the achievements of well-known food writer, cook and Victorian restaurateur Stephanie Alexander, and leading fashion retailer and arts, science and education benefactor Naomi Milgrom.
Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Markets leader, Jon Dobell, says the awards celebrate and recognise entrepreneurial spirit.
“Despite this challenging business environment, entrepreneurs see opportunities where others see challenges, adapting to the changed market with fresh ideas and new business models,” he says.
“In pursuing their own vision, entrepreneurs generate success for those around them. They create jobs, develop their industries and contribute to our broader community.”
In announcing Andrew’s Award, Ernst & Young, said:
Starting with no staff, no clients and just an idea, Andrew Grant has proved that carbon offsetting can be commercialised. In the mid-1990s, Andrew recognised the looming issue of carbon emissions and the potential for a company that could offer the market carbon offsets. In the face of deep scepticism, he pioneered Australia’s carbon credits market, resulting in a highly successful business, the CO2 Group. Today, CO2 is the largest provider of dedicated carbon sink plantings in Australia, moving from a loss position in 2006, to a million dollar profit this year. The company is a regular finalist in local and global environmental awards and has earned the respect of regulators, competitors and the market. It is firmly committed to innovation, with plans to invest $1 million in research and development in 2009.
About the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award program
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognises the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 135 cities in 50 countries. Since Ernst & Young’s global program began in Australia in 2001, more than 800 leading Australian entrepreneurs have been recognised for their entrepreneurial spirit. Entrants are assessed by a leading panel of independent judges on their innovation, integrity, influence, strategic direction and national/global impact. Their relationships with their local communities are also taken into account.
Andrew Grant: CEO, CO2 Group Limited
For more information contact:
Elise Margaritis: Marketing and Communications Manager, CO2 Australia Limited
T: (03) 9928 5111