On Thursday 23 November Epping Forest District Council (EFDC) received the Silver Green Apple Environment Award acknowledging the steps that have been taken towards making the council more energy efficient.
Steps taken towards saving energy and reducing carbon emissions
The Green Apple Award launched by The Green Organisation in 1994 recognises environmental best practice around the globe.
The Green Organisation acknowledged the council’s efforts, after an application was submitted by Environmental Co-ordinator Liz Ainslie with the support of EFDC’s Chief Executive Glen Chip.
The application highlighted since 2010 a number of steps have been taken encouraging energy saving including:
- The Installation of double glazing throughout all offices
- LED across the councils estate
- Solar panels on the Civic Offices and at the Limes Centre
- Roof insulation to the main Civic Building
- Improvement to the heating systems
- 400+ desktop printers replaced with 26 multi-function devices
Together these measures have saved EFDC nearly 1100 tonnes of CO2e since baseline year calculations in 2008/09.
The installation of solar panels has earned £6597 in ‘feed-in’ tariffs since 2016 and should pay for themselves in approximately 10 years.
The panels will then go on to generate income for the Council, in addition to what is being saved in electricity costs. This will not only help to reduce the carbon footprint but will also help keep council tax rates down.
Through these efforts the Green Apple Organisation awarded EFDC the Silver Green Apple Award.
Leading by example
Chairman of Council David Stallan who received the award on behalf of the Council said: “They say from tiny acorns great Oaks do grow, and they do! Some enormous changes have been introduced to save energy and reduce our carbon emissions.”
“But we can’t be complacent, there is always more to be done and we all need to be more environmentally aware. It is up to us as a council to set an example to our residents and I am very proud that we have been presented with the Silver award”.
Safer, greener and transport portfolio holder Councillor Sam Kane echoed Councillor Stallan’s words and added: “The work our officers have put in to making our working environment greener has not gone unnoticed and we will continue to strive to be an example to our residents. Being conscientious, looking after our planet and our surrounding environment is so important, and I look forward to seeing this good work continue and grow”