Nottingham City Council’s Energy Services have won the prestigious Energy Awards for Best Local Authority Initiative of the Year for their Smart Energy Buildings.
The Energy awards which took place in London last night recognise and celebrate the very best achievements in the energy sector. The Local Authority Award was launched this year in recognition of the growing importance of local authorities to facilitate the UK’s move to sustainable energy. The judges were impressed with the number and variety of projects being delivered in Nottingham and declared Energy Services as the winner of the award for their innovative approach to reducing the council’s energy demand to ultimately improve its environmental performance and help manage its budget.
Councillor Sally Longford, Portfolio Holder for Energy and Environment, said: “It’s a great achievement to have won this award and testament to the services’ innovation and hard work.
“By reducing operational costs and generating income for the council, Energy Services’ approach to creating smart energy buildings is making a real contribution to the protection of front line services and keeping services viable for those in the most need. Also the large number of energy projects that we are delivering has enabled us to create a large workforce in this area creating local job opportunities in managing, installing and maintaining sustainable energy technologies.
“We’re not just upgrading our operational buildings, in a bid to tackle fuel poverty we are delivering energy efficiency and generating projects to local homes to make them warmer and cheaper to heat.”
Wayne Bexton, Head of Energy Services, said: “My service is extremely proud to have won this award and for us to be recognised as a leading Local Authority in the UK when it comes to energy. This feels like a really fitting way to end what was been a really busy and productive year for Energy Services the team have worked really hard to deliver a fantastic array of energy projects over the last twelve months and this award will be very much appreciated by them.
“We are now building on this success and working with local companies on a commercial basis to help them reduce operational costs and achieve improved environmental performance, further contributing to Nottingham’s green credentials and supporting local businesses.”