It’s important that everyone does their bit to combat climate change – and Richmond is leading the charge.
Twenty-four local businesses have received ‘Go Green Richmond Upon Thames’ awards from Richmond Council.
The Go Green programme was launched last year to help businesses in Richmond cut waste, energy and water use, and provide greener travel for employees.
200 business employees have been trained across 14 seminars in issues such as reducing energy bills (and, therefore, carbon emissions), environmental legislation and how to encourage staff to become more resource efficient. 15 firms have been trained in using environment management systems, and over 700 businesses have been made aware of the importance of caring for the environment at trade fairs and networking events.
The ‘Go Green Richmond Upon Thames’ awards celebrate the fact that the winning firms have shown commitment to the environment by introducing new, sustainable practices – and have saved money in these tough financial times as well.
Councillor Geoff Acton, Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “Helping businesses to protect the environment and save money at the same time is one of the most important services the Council can provide during the recession.
“I’m really pleased so many have seen the benefits of energy efficiency and have noticed how much money they can keep hold of by making changes to the way they operate. The measures we are sharing work best if they are taken to heart and not just given lip service and I’m really pleased to see this is the case across a number of sectors.”