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Angus Council has been recognised by the Carbon Trust for exceptional success in reducing their environmental impact.
The Scottish Authority won Best in Water Management for a reduction in water use of 22 percent over the previous certification period, as well as demonstrating a robust approach to water management and stewardship.
The council has delivered a series of capital investments focused on water use minimisation, such as urinal controls and improved metering systems for accurate monitoring. There is also an identified list of projects for ongoing and future investment. Responsibility for water management has been integrated alongside energy management and other sustainability activities. The importance of water efficiency has also been highlighted more widely among staff at key sites, through a programme of training and communication.
Ian Lingard, senior energy manager at Angus Council, said: “Angus Council is delighted to receive this Carbon Trust Award in the Water category. The award reflects the dedication of our water management team and the council’s commitment to reduce our water footprint, in this instance through the introduction automatic metering and other water saving technologies.”
The awards were presented at the Carbon Trust Standard Bearers Conference held in Central London on Wednesday 12 October. The event is hosted exclusively for sustainability professionals working with the Carbon Trust, providing opportunities for knowledge sharing and a series of practical workshops.
The other winners were Capital and Regional (Best in Carbon Management), PwC UK (Best in Waste Management) and Pompeian (Best Performance in Product Carbon Footprinting).
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