Worcestershire County Council has held on to the title of the Council of the Year at the West Midlands Regional Energy Efficiency Awards for 2019.
The recognition highlights the work that has been undertaken by the Council over the last year and the financial and carbon savings that have been achieved.
Liz Alston, Sustainability Manager for Worcestershire County Council said: “It’s fantastic news that we’ve managed to win this award again, our consistent presence and commendation in this category over the last three years showcases how much our Sustainability programme continues to develop and help Worcestershire become more environmentally friendly.
"This recognition is a great way to promote the continued dedication and hard work of all the staff, local businesses and communities involved.”
Several projects have helped to contribute towards the Council's nomination for the top prize across three categories, including Greener Council, Greener Community and Greener Business.
In the past 12 months, the Warmer Worcestershire scheme has attracted over £600,000 for Worcestershire residents to make home energy efficiency improvements. 143 households have also switched to a cheaper energy tariff through the Worcestershire energy switch, saving an average of £132 per year.
Worcestershire County Council's Business Energy Efficiency Programme (BEEP) has helped over 157 businesses in the County, providing support for an energy assessment of business premises and options for grants towards the cost of measures to improve energy efficiency. These measures might include more efficient machinery and LED lighting upgrades.
So far, 63 businesses have received support from the Council's Low Carbon Opportunities Programme (LoCOP), which provides low carbon innovation and renewable energy support to SMEs in Worcestershire. This initiative offers grants towards the cost of installing renewable technologies, such as heat pumps and solar panels to reduce the running costs and CO2 emissions.
The project has identified savings of 1100 tonnes of CO2e per year to Worcestershire businesses.
The Council are, along with its partners at Herefordshire and Telford and Wrekin Councils, and Hereford & Worcester and Shropshire Chambers of Commerce, receiving funding from the European Regional Development Fund to deliver the above low carbon initiatives with local businesses.