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Council 'Highly Commended' Low Carbon Council

Oxford Town Hall

Oxford City Council is delighted to have been highly commended in the Low Carbon Council category of the prestigious LGC awards 2012.

The Council were commended not only for their exemplary work on internal carbon management within their own estate but for their leading role in innovative partnership programmes with community groups and local businesses such as Low Carbon Oxford and the Local Carbon Frameworks Pilot which has led to the development of the new Low Carbon Hub for communities in Oxfordshire.

In 2011, the Council became the first UK local authority to be awarded the new British Standards Kitemark for Energy Efficiency Verification.  

Councillor John Tanner, Board Member for a Cleaner, Greener Oxford, says: "I'm really thrilled that Oxford has been recognised as one of the country's top cities for protecting the environment.

"Our work for recycling, tackling litter and reducing our carbon footprint is a credit to everyone in Oxford;  Council staff and residents alike."

The Council has an enthusiastic network of volunteer Carbon Champions from all departments which ensure that staff across the organisation are engaged on energy and waste reduction.

Carbon Champions have helped organised several innovative events throughout the year to engage staff and others on carbon reduction, including a low carbon lunch event last Friday in partnership with Crisis Skylight café and local food enterprise Cultivate as part of national Climate Week and the highly successful ReFashion textile recycling event in January.

In October 2010 the City Council launched the Low Carbon Oxford programme - a city-wide collaboration with our universities, public sector and private sector businesses and community groups to create more green jobs in Oxford and reduce the overall carbon footprint of the city by 40 per cent by 2020.

The results at the LGC awards were announced at an awards ceremony in London last week.

Released on Friday 23 March 2012

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