An accolade which provides public recognition for excellent work in the Energy Efficiency sector was awarded to Cambridgeshire County Council on Friday night (28 June 2019) at the East of England Energy Efficiency Awards.
The title 'East of England Council of the Year 2019' was awarded after the Council’s Energy Investment Unit were shortlisted for their commitment to promoting energy efficiency in Cambridgeshire and the community benefit of the work being done.
The award application focused primarily on the work being done on the schools programme, as the Council is currently working with 55 schools across Cambridgeshire to help them save money on their energy bills and reduce CO2 emissions. As a result these schools are saving over £800,000 in total on their energy bills and more than 3400 tonnes of CO2 emissions per annum.
The Energy Investment Unit at Cambridgeshire County Council were recognised for their collaboration with the village of Swaffham Prior in East Cambridgeshire. Swaffham Prior Community Heat Scheme, a valuable pilot project is aimed at delivering annual savings on energy bills via a renewable heat network for homes currently on oil. Other small-scale investments were also highlighted such as LED lighting upgrades being made across the Council’s property portfolio through the Energy Efficiency Fund.
Cllr Josh Schumann, Chairman of the Commercial & Investment Committee, said: "I am delighted that Cambridgeshire County Council was not only shortlisted but won the Energy Efficiency Association 'East of England Council of the Year 2019' award. This reflects the significant efforts we are making in order to support our communities in renewable and sustainable energy projects.
“Our work with schools has continued to grow and opportunities to reduce carbon emissions and help schools manage energy bills has increased as a result of successful partnership working.
“The development of other opportunities are being explored and the Swaffham Prior community heat project is another example of how we intend to be at the forefront of new technologies"
The trophy was presented to Cllr Peter Hudson, Chair of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Health Committee and Claire Julian-Smith, Energy Programme Manager for the Council, who both attended the ceremony, by Allen Harris, Managing Director of Common Sense Energy who sponsored the award at the event in Stansted.
Cambridgeshire County Council supports the national and global calls to address environmental and climate change issues and has ambitious plans to use the council’s significant influence locally and nationally to encourage others to do the same. A strategy to reduce avoidable single-use plastics has been developed as well as a corporate Energy Strategy which aims to reduce carbon emissions, improve energy efficiency and invest in renewable energy. Along with a variety of schemes to protect the natural environment, promote walking and cycling, and reduce the impact of waste in Cambridgeshire, these initiatives will all be brought together in a combined single Climate Change and Environment strategy for Full Council to consider later this year.