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Council in praise for its greener thinking

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 28, 2013

By HELEN KREFT

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AN environmentally friendly council has achieved an internationally recognised standard for its work to reduce its impact on the planet.

All areas of South Derbyshire District Council, including the civic offices, depot, leisure centres and Rosliston Forestry Centre, passed the prestigious ISO 14001 with flying colours.

Auditor David Linly said he was impressed with how practices are in place at the sites to help the planet and improve year on year.

Mark Alflat, director of operations at the council, said: “By having ISO 14001 as a framework for all our activities, the council is now even better placed to understand and work with local businesses to reduce our environmental impacts.

“It is a win-win situation because these measures have also helped save the council – as well as its taxpayers - money by reducing costs.

“However, we will not rest on our laurels. There are still lots of ways we can further improve our environmental performance and ISO 14001 can help us do this.”

The requirements of the standard are not only aimed at reducing negative impacts on the environment but enhancing positive ones.

Praise was reserved for tree planting and eco-educational work at Rosliston Forestry Centre as well as how council staff and partners are made aware of environmental issues.

Councillor Peter Watson, chairman of the environmental and development services committee at the council, said: “Environmental management practices in place at the district council for more than five years have laid down the marker to help us achieve the ISO 14001. This further strengthens our position as a positive green role model for the district.”

The council is turning its attentions to reducing energy consumption, while ensuring green issues are considered by developers and local businesses.

Further information is available by emailing environment.health@south-derbys.gov.uk

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