Insulate Hampshire success recognised with Climate Week Award
Friday, 08 March 2013
Insulate Hampshire has won the 'Best Local Initiative' category in the 2013 Climate Week Awards, beating competition from three other finalists: the Lake District National Park Authority, Greater London Authority and the London Borough of Camden.
The 11 strong judging panel included luminaries such as: the Met Office's Chief Scientist, Professor Julia Slingo; The Right Honourable John Gummer, Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change and Professor Paul Elkins, Professor of Energy and Environment Policy at University College London.
Insulate Hampshire was backed by all members of the Hampshire Senate plus Eastleigh and Fareham Borough Councils with funding from ScottishPower. In the judges' opinion the scheme won because: "The work they are doing to support the local community is a fantastic example of a simple yet effective solution to climate change, that not only is having a direct impact on thousands of residents, but equally has facilitated the dissemination of information on energy efficiency among the wider public."
The Climate Week Awards consider the work of the United Kingdom's most innovative, effective, and ambitious organisations, communities and individuals to combat climate change. The Awards recognise the most inspirational projects and initiatives from all across Britain.
Councillor Ken Thornber, Chairman of the Hampshire Senate says "This is excellent news and the Insulate Hampshire team deserves every credit for the scheme's achievements. Tackling fuel poverty is a priority for the Hampshire Senate, and thanks to the thousands of insulation measures installed during the scheme, households across the county have taken the opportunity to reduce their bills and at the same time improve their health and wellbeing.
"All the partners involved with Insulate Hampshire have worked hard to combat fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions through the project. This will reap benefits for Hampshire residents in helping them to save money on their fuel bills and to lower their household carbon emissions."
The Insulate Hampshire scheme has been responsible for installing over 18,600 insulation measures in Hampshire homes. As a result, Hampshire residents are expected to collectively save over £91 million in fuel bill savings and over 9,000 tonnes of CO2 over the lifespan of their insulation measures.
Award winners were announced on 4 March 2013. Climate Week is a national climate change campaign, aimed at engaging with all sectors to create a sustainable future. Climate Week 2013 runs from 4 March until 10 March.