News & Announcements
Do you have an old boiler that is inefficient? There are currently around three and a half million homes in England with the very least efficient type of boiler (G-rated or worse). The Government is offering up to 125,000 households £400 towards the cost of upgrading their boiler (if G-rated or equivalent or worse) to a high efficiency A-rated one or a renewable heating technology. This will help to save in the region of 140,000t CO2 per year - equivalent to taking 45,000 cars off the road.
The festive period is always a time of excess, but this year NWLDC is encouraging everyone to think of the three Rs. Buying presents that will last past boxing day will save you money in the long run and you can also make sure all the extra food on Christmas day is used for a nice boxing day leftover feast. Recycling at Christmas is never easier, the Council's kerbside scheme can now take mixed plastics in the red box, and remember, when you have finished with all of your Christmas cards you can put them in the yellow bag. For more information on reducing, reusing and recycling this Christmas, visit www.lesswaste.org.uk
The Green Footprints Challenge has been named a regional silver winner at the Green Apple Awards. Chief Executive of North West Leicestershire District Council, Christine Fisher, and Environment Champion, Councillor Alison Smith, accepted the award on behalf of the Footprints Team.
Christine said: "We are delighted to receive this award for the Green Footprints Challenge. This recognises all the hard work the team and residents and businesses of the district have put into making it such a success.
"The Green Footprints Challenge continues to work with residents and businesses to encourage them to save energy, reduce their carbon footprint and improve the environment of North West Leicestershire."
Councillor Smith, added: "National recognition for a local initiative is something worth celebrating. We are very proud of this award and the Green Footprints Challenge."
Today, at the start of the Copenhagen Climate Change Negotiations, 56 newspapers in 45 countries have taken the unprecedented step of speaking with one voice through a common editorial.
“Unless we combine to take decisive action, climate change will ravage our planet, and with it our prosperity and security. The dangers have been becoming apparent for a generation. Now the facts have started to speak: 11 of the past 14 years have been the warmest on record, the Arctic ice-cap is melting and last year's inflamed oil and food prices provide a foretaste of future havoc. In scientific journals the question is no longer whether humans are to blame, but how little time we have got left to limit the damage. Yet so far the world's response has been feeble and half-hearted.”
Congratulations to the young energy sleuths from Thringstone Primary School, who have been crowned energy champions in the county-wide Big Switch Off campaign. A total of 25 schools across Leicestershire and Rutland took part in the contest, which took place during Big Switch Off week from October 12-18. Pupils and staff cut their energy use by more than 38 per cent after taking part in an Energy Detective competition.
There has been an amazing response to this year's Free Tree scheme. Now in its third year, the initiative has had its best response yet with more than 2900 trees pre-ordered and a further 300 handed out at the Christmas Switch On event.
By 9am on Sunday 29th November there were already queues of people waiting in the Council car park and three hours later around 2500 trees had been given out and nearly 1000 people signed up to the Green Footprints Challenge. A further 400 trees were then given out in Diseworth and Castle Donington later in the day, with local residents queued all the way up Market Street in Castle Donington.
The Free Tree scheme forms an important part of the Green Footprints Challenge as planting trees can help to offset the carbon dioxide we emit. Different species of trees absorb different amounts of carbon dioxide but, on average, one broad leaf tree will absorb in the region of 1 tonne of carbon dioxide during its full life-time (approximately 100 years). Therefore planting three thousand trees across the district should help absorb roughly 3000 tonnes of carbon dioxide over their lifetime.
The results from Central Networks and the great news is that, during Big Switch Off week (12-18 October), electricity consumption across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland was reduced by 372,000 KWh compared to the week before. This weather corrected result is equivalent to switching off 66,000 100 watt light bulbs for a week.
Central Networks recorded consumption as being 0.5 per cent lower for the week than expected across the whole area, amounting to a financial saving of almost £50,000 – this would add up to approximately £2.6 million a year.
In terms of CO2 saved, the week’s saving amounted to 195 tonnes - the equivalent in volume of 195 hot air balloons or 1,170 double decker buses. And at around 4pm on Wednesday, October 14, demand on the network was as much as six per cent lower than usual.
Local youth group, theBozzy Road Crew, has been out and about in Castle Donington with North West Leicestershire’s Street Environment team, Police and the Youth Service. The groups recently ran a multi-agency event to find out what local residents felt about littering, dog fouling, anti social behaviour and any other issues in their locality.
A photography competition, backed by the not-for-profit recycling organisation Alupro, is offering £10,000 of prizes for the best pictures of people looking after their environment. Pictures will be displayed at an exhibition in April 2010 and the organisers are looking for photographs which will communicate to exhibition visitors the essential natural characteristics of your area, and the importance of looking after it - particularly as we face up to climate change. Your pictures can show good things or bad, be beautiful, funny or shocking.
Staff at East Midlands Airport (EMA) are being encouraged to think green during the airport's annual Big Green Week, which will run from 12 - 16 October. EMA is a member of the Footprints Business Network and is supporting the Big Switch Off campaign, which is running across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
The Big Green Week will see a wide variety of fun and interactive green-themed events, ranging from biker's breakfasts to tree planting, energy saving advice and a green roadshow.
Keep up to date with the Footprints Challenge; our latest announcements and information will be posted here.