Richmond Council pledge to make Richmond one of the greenest boroughs in the country has been acknowledged, with the Council winning a national Green Apple Environment Award.
Tribute was paid to the quality of its work in protect the environmenting and assisting businesses in saving money by cutting their energy bills.
The award, which will be presented to the Council at a House of Commons event in November, could result in the authority’s work being put forward to represent the UK at the Europe-wide Business Awards for the Environment.
Cllr Geoff Acton, Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “Protecting the environment is a policy this Council has championed and we have become one of the leading boroughs in the country in the fight against climate change. Not only does more efficient use of energy cut down on Carbon Dioxide emissions, it saves money as well.
Since the recession the message that cutting the amount of businesses use has become even more important as it means saving money thanks to lower utility bills, which is vital as more pressure is put on finances.
“I’m very pleased the Council has won this award and with it the recognition that in this area we are among the best in the country. This will no doubt give encouragement to the 40-plus businesses which we have given energy saving advice to, and to the schools and residents who have also benefited from sharing our ideas.”
The aim of the Council’s Go Green programme is to improve access to information about the environment and services provided by Richmond Council and its partners. A full programme of support has been developed to assist businesses, schools and residents to cut their impact on the environment in areas including energy, waste, water, travel and purchasing.
Richmond Council's Go Green programme delivers a complete environmental support service and uses evidence-based approaches to engage and encourage people, and to help them take action. Much of the advice is available online at www.richmond.gov.uk/gogreen.
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