The additional two Green Apple Environment Awards were presented to Europa in a ceremony at the House of Commons on 12 November and follow the company’s previous successes in 2010 and 2011.
The latest awards were in recognition for environmental initiatives implemented by Europa as part of the contract to provide property management, highways maintenance, facilities management and estates management to Thurrock Council.
The judges were impressed by initiatives that delivered an upgrade to the gas heating system at the council’s Curzon Drive Depot, which reduced gas composition by 23% and will save 55468 k/w hours, 10 tonnes of CO2 and £1054 per annum. In addition, Europa’s in-house street lighting team came up with solutions to reduce energy consumption in tandem with reducing maintenance costs and improving road safety through the introduction of LED equipment to 1300 illuminated bollards and 153 illuminated Zebra crossings across the Borough of Thurrock.
Thurrock Council’s responsible cabinet member, Cllr Andy Smith, said: “Environmental initiatives like these are important in so many ways – not only cutting emissions, but costs too and leading the local community in showing what can be achieved.
“Going green is something we want to encourage in every way which is why the council and its partners have worked so hard on these programmes. Congratulations to the staff of Europa and the council who led the way.”
Kim Durling, Europa safety, quality and environment director, said: “To win a further two awards for 2012 demonstrates the exceptional environmental initiatives being delivered by Europa.”