Wirral runner up for Green Deal Award

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Wirral runner up for Green Deal Award

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Re: Wirral runner up for Green Deal Award

Post by diggingdeeper » Tue Jun 17, 2014 1:53 am

Wirral Council has been named runner-up at a major national awards ceremony, recognising the authority’s commitment to environmental concerns.

The National Green Deal and Eco Awards 2014 took place at London’s Riverbank Park Plaza Hotel on 29th May. Awards were presented to local authorities, private companies involved in energy efficiency and green initiatives and individuals who have spearheaded green projects.

Wirral Council was nominated for Council of the Year, losing narrowly in their category to Arun Council.

Wirral was nominated in recognition of its support and proactive approach to partnership working with British Gas, which continues to invest in solid wall insulation for Wirral residents.

The inaugural National Green Deal & ECO Awards are for individuals and organisations who have made the most of the new opportunities available through the Green Deal and Energy Companies Obligation (ECO), and who have worked hard to make the Green Deal and ECO schemes so successful.

Due to the programme’s success locally, and Wirral Council’s continued strong backing, British Gas maintained their commitment and will have invested over £7m in energy efficiency improvements before the scheme ends in July.

Sub-contractor BR Contracting have also ensured local people have benefitted from employment and training opportunities with the company. Working with Wirral Met College, they have employed 45 plastering students since the programme began.

Cllr Bernie Mooney, Wirral Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability said: While it is obviously disappointing not to win the award, we shouldn’t forget the excellent work which has gone into develop green initiatives which have the direct result of lowering residents’ bills. That is the real, positive outcome.

Working alongside the private sector has helped us to achieve not only energy efficiencies, but also to create new employment opportunities. We can be extremely satisfied with our work in this area.

Cllr George Davies, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Engagement said:

Ensuring that housing in Wirral is energy efficient is a key challenge for the authority. It makes a huge difference to our residents’ ability to manage their finances.

Getting private sector buy in is crucial to the process, so in that respect we can be proud of our successes, even if this time we didn’t take home first prize.

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