Council aims to boost green credentials

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Daventry District Council (DDC) is aiming to further boost its green credentials by signing up to a new national environmental accreditation scheme.

This month the council pledged its commitment towards achieving accreditation from Investors in the Environment (iiE) – a scheme already adopted by more than 1,000 businesses across the UK.

For several years the council has been accredited with the international ISO14001 environmental standard, but now aims to focus towards achieving iiE accreditation, which is more suited to the authority in terms of promoting and delivering its environmental goals.

The council recently reviewed its environmental goals, which not only focus on reducing the authority’s own carbon emissions and waste, but also include initiatives to help and support residents and local businesses make greener choices. Various events and activities planned over the next 12 months include promoting energy efficiency and cycling, undertaking wildflower planting and encouraging communities to go plastic bag free.

DDCs environment portfolio holder Daniel Cribbin said: “Making our district a greener place to live and work is of importance to the Council and by working towards achieving the Investors in the Environment accreditation we aim to demonstrate our leading role as an authority.

“We are looking forward to working with residents and local businesses on these initiatives.”

To find out more about environmental initiatives taking place in Daventry District, or for tips on how to minimise your impact on the environment, visit www.daventrydc.gov.uk/greener.

For more information about the Investors in the Environment scheme, visit www.iie.uk.com.