21 June 2011

Northamptonshire County Council and highways service provider MGWSP have been honoured on the national stage for an innovative approach to saving money through environmentally sustainable work practices.

The authority received the award at the event organised by the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation and reflected the success of the highways services contract in delivering carbon reduction savings.

Through numerous campaigns and initiatives transport and highways aimed to reduce CO2 emissions by 30 per cent year-on-year – a target which was met in the first seven months.

The result has been annual savings of over £110,000 and a 34 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions.

Cllr Andre Gonzalez De Savage, county council cabinet member for infrastructure and public protection said: “This is an excellent achievement and I’m delighted at the innovative work which is being carried out at the moment in this area.

“The judging panel said that this shows that a sustainable approach to highways maintenance can deliver savings year-on-year and this sums up the success very well.

“Reducing carbon emissions and saving money in the process makes sense not only from an environmental perspective but to the taxpayer too.”

The projects which impressed the judges included:

  • Developing gulley waste bays – where gulley waste is now dried and used for composting rather than going to landfill
  • new aerosol can piercing unit - enables aerosol cans to be disposed as non-hazardous waste
  • More efficient waste disposal - going directly to tip rather than storing in the depot has reduced travel costs
  • Depot improvements - including insulation and water fed coolers

The CO2 figure is calculated on fuel, electricity, gas, water and waste to landfill. The use of de-watering gully bays has saved 1,400 tonnes of waste from going to landfill and raised the recycling rate to 99 per cent.

The award will be presented at the meeting of Full Council on Thursday.