We are the (carbon) champions!

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11 July 2011

Burges Salmon has been named as a ‘Carbon Champion’ for the successful work it has undertaken to reduce its energy usage. Two other Bristol businesses - At Bristol and Coda Architects - also picked up awards.

The awards were made in July by sustainable development charity, Forum for the Future, as part of the West of England Carbon Challenge.  The award ceremony took place at Bristol Zoo  and was attended by leading environmentalist Jonathon Porritt. Michael Barlow and Catherine Correia, both members of the firm's environment committee, collected the award on behalf of the firm.

The award was given in recognition of the energy reduction of 10% achieved by Burges Salmon between 2009-10 as a result of a staff campaign targeting out of hours energy usage called  ‘The Big Switch off’. In addition, upgrades were made to the IT system to incorporate more energy efficient technology, including virtualised servers.

Suzanne Padmore, who led the Big Switch Off Campaign in 2009 and vice-chair of the environment committee, says: “We’re proud to receive this acknowledgement of our efforts as a company in reducing the impact of our business. We recognise the importance of collaborating with other businesses in Bristol who share our commitment to reducing carbon emissions”.

Simon Billing, coordinator of the West of England Carbon Challenge, says: “These businesses each demonstrate significant leadership in reducing their carbon emissions and being prepared for the future. What they have in common is that they have got to grips with the numbers, engaged and involved their staff and applied the appropriate technology towards making this reduction.”

The Challenge was founded in Bristol by the UK’s leading sustainable development NGO, Forum for the Future, together with a number of other bodies. Other organisations already signed up range from Axa and Avon Fire Service, through to the Marriot and North Somerset Council, to the University of the West of England and Wessex Water.

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