Daventry council retains environmental award

DDC has introduced electric vans to reduce its environmental impact
DDC has introduced electric vans to reduce its environmental impact

Daventry District Council has been praised for its environmental commitments and achievements over the past year.

The council secured the Investors in the Environment (iiE) Green Award for the third year running, meaning it is regarded as setting the standard for environmental good practice in business.

The Green Award is the highest level achievable under iiE – a national environmental accreditation scheme designed to help businesses save money, reduce their impact on the environment, and receive recognition for their green credentials.

DDC received the award following a visit from an iiE auditor, who praised the Council’s Greener Workforce Team, which works to develop and implement improvements.

Initiatives such as the new electric pool car being introduced for staff in the New Year, incentives for staff travelling to work using green methods, the ongoing wildflowers project, and the encouragement of recycling within the office were all praised.

The auditor’s report states: “Daventry District Council continues to demonstrate its commitment to reducing its environmental impacts. With in-depth knowledge of impacts and operations/services, the Greener Workforce Team has implemented strong actions to continually improve year on year.

“This is evident within the environmental management system and various campaigns and projects undertaken each year. Congratulations to Daventry District Council in achieving their Green Level Accreditation and for their successes over the last year.”

Councillor Jo Gilford, Environment Portfolio Holder at Daventry District Council, said: “We work hard as a Council to minimise our impact on the environment so it is extremely pleasing to see this recognised through accreditation with the Investors in the Environment scheme.

“We have a range of environmental goals that not only focus on what we are doing as a Council, but which aim to help local communities, individuals and businesses make greener choices too. We strongly encourage other businesses to adopt the scheme as we have done.”

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-living

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