ENVIRONMENT AWARDS: Giving city a green future

Sheffield Telegraph Enviroment Awards 2012 at Sheffield Collge 'Host Clare Frisby with all the winners and sponsors
Sheffield Telegraph Enviroment Awards 2012 at Sheffield Collge 'Host Clare Frisby with all the winners and sponsors

ANOTHER year, another host of success stories from across Sheffield.

This year’s Sheffield Telegraph Awards proved once again that the city is at the forefront of all things eco-friendly.

From the community stalwarts such as Friends of Dronfield Station doing their bit to improve their local environments, to the pioneering, innovative work of the likes of Green Directions and Martin-Brooks roof specialists, Sheffield’s green army is a force to be reckoned with.

The ceremony, held at Sheffield City College, was an opportunity to showcase the important work going on across the city, as well as honouring those environmentalists who make it all happen.

It recognised and rewarded people and organisations who have been working to identify ways to make our environment more sustainable.

The event was also chance for sponsors E.On to reaffirm their commitment to cementing Sheffield’s reputation as one of the UK’s greenest cities.

Michael Woodhead, managing director of E.On Sustainable Energy, said: “Our focus is on energy produced locally and used within the Sheffield area and we want to work together to increase renewable energy sources. It all adds up to more affordable energy.

“E.On is a major investor in energy infrastructures in Sheffield, we are building a biomass plant at Blabkburn Meadows which will provide enough power for 40,000 homes.

“We are very proud to play a part in reducing the amount of energy we use and I would encourage everyone to think about energy efficiency.

The government is about to launch its Green Deal programme, which will enable people who cannot afford energy efficiency appliances to install them in their homes, creating an enormous opportunity to reduce the costs of energy in the home and will create jobs.”

Organisers and sponsors of the awards hope that the work of those honoured on the night will provide inspiration to others in the fight to preserve the planet.