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Norwich City Council take home Gold at prestigious environmental awards ceremony

Published on Wednesday, 2nd September 2020

Norwich City Council’s impressive sustainability work has again been recognised at national level, this time by The Global Good Awards.

The city council has won the Gold award in the ‘Climate Action of the Year’ category – which focuses on success stories of those with effective carbon reduction programmes. The city council also had the distinction of being the only local authority to have won, or been shortlisted for, a trophy at this year’s event.

Key achievements noted in the city council’s award submission include details about it setting up a carbon management programme in 2007. Since then it has made impressive strides through making a number of steps including decarbonising emissions, investing in renewable energy and retrofitting its various buildings to increase energy efficiency.

Through these actions and others, the council’s emissions have fallen by 59.6 per cent since the 2007 baseline. Meanwhile, the work of the popular One Planet Norwich campaign has supported the whole city in cutting general emissions by 48 per cent.

This huge success is the latest recognition for the city council’s environmental agenda; including an Edie Carbon Reduction award, Energy Manager of the Year from ESTA, and a number of other energy efficiency awards. The council’s Passivhaus social housing scheme at Goldsmith Street also won the prestigious Stirling Prize last year.

Councillor Kevin Maguire, cabinet member for safe and sustainable city environment at Norwich City Council, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won this award and been commended at such a vital ceremony.

“We are very proud of our record in this area, and we have achieved some major improvements in recent years. However, we cannot rest on our laurels – as shown by the recent publication of our ambitious and forward-thinking Environmental Strategy for the next five years.”

This work will also go into supporting the ‘Climate Change and the green economy’ theme of the council’s Covid-19 recovery plan.

To read more about the awards visit the Global Good Awards website.

You can read the council’s Environmental Strategy in full.