South West Water Win a Golden Green Apple Award
South West Water has won the coveted Golden Green Apple Award for environmental sustainability at last week's National Green Apple Awards held at the Tower of London. Environmental campaigner and national celebrity Dr David Bellamy presented the award to South West Water for our investment into renewable energy at Littlehempston Water Treatment Works in Totnes, Devon.
South West Water's Head of Asset Management and Development Graham Murphy says: "We are delighted to have achieved the coveted Green Apple Award for sustainability. Our hydro power scheme at Littlehempston is just part of the continual investment made by the company to achieve sustainable energy that significantly reduces the company's carbon emissions."
The turbine at Littlehempston is capable of generating renewable energy into the next century and will reduce our carbon emissions by approximately 680 tonnes per annum during maximum flow, producing enough green energy to supply 400 domestic homes. The project was congratulated for demonstrating best practice reducing carbon emissions in a sustainable, cost- effective way.
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As part of our considerable contribution to the preservation and protection of the environment, South West Water now has 5.73 MW of hydro electric power installed and 1.46 MW of Combined Heat and Power (CHP -biogas), a bi-product of our sewage treatment process. The combined energy generation is enough to power a town with a population of over 12,000 people.
The Green Organisation who hosted the award are an independent, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world and South West Water are incredibly proud to have been chosen to receive the gold trophy for sustainability.
Paul Mitchell, Project Leader who received the award on behalf of the company, and its construction partners Tecker & Dean Dyball both based in Devon, said "This project demonstrated the benefits of joined up thinking and team working. Experts from our water treatment and energy departments helped us deliver the dream. It is incredibly important for large electricity users to switch to environmentally friendly energy generation methods wherever possible to benefit the environment."
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Published: 13 November 2006
Notes to Editors
- South West Water is a part of the Pennon Group Plc, the group puts more power back into the national grid than it uses. 'Green' energy offsets the Pennon Group's overall dependence upon fossil fuel energy making it self sufficient.
- Pennon achieves this energy generation through its subsidiaries South West Water and Viridor Waste. In 2005/06,Viridor generated 421 GWh of energy through landfill gas.
- In 2005/06 South West Water generated 15.73GWh GWh of energy through renewable sources.
- The Pennon Group has been a net exporter of energy for over six years and makes a considerable contribution to the Government's target of 10% electricity usage from renewable sources by 2010.
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