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National award for eco achievement

Published on Wednesday, 13th February 2019

Norwich City Council has won a prestigious award in recognition for the work done to reduce carbon emissions.

Installing solar panels on City Hall, switching to LED lighting in St Andrews Multi-Storey Car-park, replacing our petrol and diesel fleet for electric vehicles and installing energy-saving systems in council-owned homes – just some of the measures cited as reasons for us winning a coveted Edie award.

Billed as “the UK’s largest and most prestigious sustainability awards”, the Edie Sustainability Leaders Awards recognises and celebrates progress made by businesses across the country.

Norwich City Council scooped the ‘Carbon reduction’ award for reducing emissions by 57.1% reduction from our own estate.  Carbon emissions in the city are down from 6.9 tonnes per capita to 3.8 tonnes per capita of carbon emissions.

What the judges said:

“Norwich City Council has demonstrated genuine leadership, setting an example for what can be achieved through its own efforts and using influence to help transform the local area. The judges were delighted to see the local authority continuing to be this proactive in what can sometimes be very challenging circumstances.”

Councillor Kevin Maguire, Norwich City Council’s cabinet member for safe city environment said:

“This is a fantastic win for the council and a wonderful recognition of the work of our officers who all contribute to our carbon reduction programme.

It is particularly pleasing that we won this in the face of strong competition from national and international brands including Vodaphone and Kimberly-Clark. This award will motivate us to achieve even greater carbon reductions in the future.”

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