The beginning of July saw NEP’s office in Brussels host a partner meeting for ZECO2S - a European funded initiative to reduce carbon emissions.
The Energy and Carbon Management Team is running the project at Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) - one of 11 partners on the project with a €1.2 million injection, 50 per cent of which is funded through INTERREG.
The overarching aim of the initiative is to develop a zero carbon certification scheme for use across Europe.
Champion schools example of good practice
The project is targeting three County Council divisions which were selected by the team as project communities after a process review was completed last year. These are Oundle, Braunston and Crick and Long Buckby.
The project team is mainly targeting schools in these areas in order to reduce their energy consumption and emissions. In particular, there is a Champion School in each division which has been selected to pilot the project and become an example of good practice.
These are Prince William School, Yelvertoft Primary and Brington Primary schools.
The aim is to involve as many schools as possible in the programme but also to engage the wider community in order to achieve significant emission reduction at the community level.
Cllr Michael Clarke, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “In 2012 and 2013 the county council received the prestigious accolade from the Carbon Trust for its sizeable contribution to reducing its carbon footprint in Northamptonshire.
“This is an excellent initiative which is helping lead the way to Northamptonshire being a low-carbon county.
“One of the key elements of this project is getting schools involved as it will be the next generation who will one day have responsibility for looking after the environment.”
ZECO2S - Development and Introduction of the Communal Zero CO2e Emission Certification System as a Tool for Sustainable Communities and Regions.
INTERREG is an initiative that aims to stimulate cooperation between regions in the European Union. It started in 1989 and is financed under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
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