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Hounslow rewarded for energy efficiency

A cross-borough team responsible for reducing the carbon footprint of west London has won a prestigious industry award.

The West London Alliance (WLA) Energy Managers’ Group has been announced as the winner of the 2015 European Energy Efficiency Service Award.

 The WLA Energy Managers’ Group, which combines energy management teams from Hounslow, Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Harrow, and Hammersmith & Fulham, make it easier and more cost effective to upgrade and make their buildings more energy efficient.

 Hounslow has been by far the most committed to the project, contributing 81 per cent of the [euros] 3.95million

By collaborative working, members of the WLA group were able to bulk buy greener technologies such as LED lighting, solar energy self-generation, battery storage technology as well as cavity wall insulation and loft insulation for council buildings.

The united front meant fewer staff were needed to negotiate deals with the tender process only needed to be carried out once rather than multiple times. It has earnt the group the award for Best European Energy Services Initiative.

So far the collaborative venture is estimated to have saved 1.3 tonnes a year in CO2 emissions, with savings totalling [euros] 333,000 – a massive 23.5 per cent saving for the initial 21 buildings to have benefited from the scheme.

The biggest energy reductions came from the installation of 6000 solar panels with Western International Market now boasting the largest solar power array (1.68MW), hence less strain on the national grid, installed by any local authority anywhere in the UK.

Councillor Steve Curran, Hounslow Council Leader, said: “We are very proud to have won this award, which pitted us against projects all over Europe. It demonstrates our commitment to cutting the borough’s carbon footprint and making the west of London a cleaner and greener place to live. In this area we wanted to lead the field by example.”

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