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APSE Award

Energy Excellence Receives Recognition

The NYES Energy Team have been successful in winning the ‘Best Climate Action Initiative’ award at the National Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) Awards in recognition of the  valuable work that they undertake with schools to reduce carbon emissions.

APSE’s annual  Awards Ceremony was held on 9 September bringing together all the best practice from councils across the country to recognise and celebrate work that has a real impact on the public.

For nearly ten years North Yorkshire County Council’s energy and sustainability traded service have been unique and innovative in their approach to reducing carbon emissions from the schools. Their whole school approach, wrapping together practical energy advice, energy compliance certification, bill checking, energy controls and a fuel supply contract bought in bulk, has reaped rewards. However, what makes them truly innovative is the way they blend all this practical help with helping the school achieve its core aim. Education!

Since 2012 Peter Bell and Ruth Stacey have worked as the school carbon reduction officers. Their roles involve visiting schools and running events specifically designed to engage and educate primary aged children in understanding the importance of reducing their carbon footprint and raising awareness of the problems the planet faces. With Peter flying into school as the planet protecting superhero “Power Down Pete” it’s truly something that engages staff and students alike.

As part of the award application Pete stated, “Providing good value for money is vital for our school customers who face considerable financial pressures. However, it is clear they see the value in the service;  the schools who take our full Package service use 8% less energy than those who do not. This is a major benefit to the customers. It is achieving what it set out to do with not only producing real tangible energy savings but also producing generations of environmentally aware future citizens.”

The ‘Best Climate Change Initiative’ award received the highest number of entrants of all of the awards that were given on the night and so the Energy Team can be congratulated for this significant achievement.