A Birmingham business that came up with a big idea for cutting down on fossil fuels and tackling climate change has won a £40,000 green award.
Innovation Station created the Leaf LogAE, a solid fuel made from dead leaves, which does not give off dangerous methane gas when burnt. It can be used to heat stoves, wood burners and anything else that usually uses wood or coal - not only reducing the amount of coal we need to use but also prevents dead leaves going to landfill sites where they release methane into the air.
Sharon Warmington of Innovation Station said: "This award will make a huge difference to our business.
"Setting up the business has been a difficult process in a short period of time due to product demand. Winning this award will allow us to scale up significantly to meet those demands - we're over the moon."
The Shell Springboard awards were set up to provide a financial boost to UK businesses that submit the most compelling plan for a product or service which reduces greenhouse gas emissions in a financially sustainable and innovative way.
It hopes to encourage small and medium-sized businesses to see that climate change can be a huge opportunity.
Professor Gerard Fernando from the University of Birmingham was also highly commended on the night for his invention, which makes the carbon-intensive process of creating composite materials much more environmentally friendly.
* A West Midlands group that provides environmental advice and technology to small and medium-sized businesses has been given an award by the European Union.
EnviroINNOVATE - a network of universities which put up experts to help the region's SMEs - was given the EU REgio Star award, which recognises Europe's most innovative regional projects.
Their services range from monitoring and reducing emissions, to developing biodegradable packaging.