Milton Keynes organisation wins award for practising what it preaches

Dr Kerry Mashford, chief executive of the National Energy Foundation, receiving the 'Best in Relative Carbon Reduction (2012-13)' award from Darran Messem, managing director of the Carbon Trust.
Dr Kerry Mashford, chief executive of the National Energy Foundation, receiving the 'Best in Relative Carbon Reduction (2012-13)' award from Darran Messem, managing director of the Carbon Trust.

A Milton Keynes-based organisation has been recognised as one of the country’s top achievers in carbon management and reduction over the past year.

The National Energy Foundation, in Davy Avenue, Knowlhill, received the Best in Relative Carbon Reduction award from eco watchdogs at the Carbon Trust.

Dr Kerry Mashford, chief executive of the National Energy Foundation, said: “Given our unique position in previously helping to establish and administer the Carbon Trust Standard for several years, it’s a great honour. We’re very proud of the progress we’ve made and the high standard we’ve set.

“Our low-carbon building, which incorporates solar pv, ground source heating and sun pipes, together with a very strong energy efficiency ethos amongst our staff, have all played a key role in contributing to our achievement. We’re committed to continuing our efforts and become even better.

“Improving the use of energy in buildings is our overarching objective so it’s great to have the acknowledgment that we’re using our 25-year experience to practise what we preach. We’re especially pleased that this award is a reflection of our ability to deliver measurable impact by providing practical, best-practice advice to anyone wanting to improve their energy management in a single building or across the whole of their organisation.”

The Foundation has operated from a low-carbon base for many years but significantly improved its performance during 2012-13. The result was a 15 per cent absolute reduction in carbon emissions and a 24 per cent reduction relative to turnover.

There have been over 1,000 successful certifications to the Carbon Trust Standard since its launch in 2008, and the awards give recognition to the leading performers certified over the previous year. Each winner was presented with an award in front of an audience of over 100 during the Carbon Trust Awards Certification Conference last month.