Horsefair centre is a winner

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THE Horsefair Shopping Centre has been announced as a winner of the 2012 National Green Apple Awards for reducing the amount of energy used to light its car park.

Since 2010 the centre has embarked on a series of plans to help improve its overall energy consumption. One of these initiatives was to reduce energy consumption within the centre’s car park, whilst increasing lighting levels making the area light and bright for visitors.

The centre’s annual electric consumption for 2010/11 was 106,550 units and following the installation of the new lighting system the annual consumption for 2011/12 fell to 86,922 units.

Horsefair manager, Kevin Smith, has been invited to attend the Green Apple Awards Ceremony which will take place at the House of Commons on November 21 where he will find out whether the centre is a bronze, silver or gold winner.

Speaking about the accolade, Kevin said: “I am so pleased that the centre has been recognised for its environmental responsibility. The lighting in the car park is just one of the initiatives put in place to reduce energy consumption and we’re always looking into different ways for the centre as a whole to become greener.”

In 2011 centre’s water consumption was reduced from 3273 cubic meters to 1248 cubic metres after the installation of movement sensors in urinal troughs and smaller cisterns in the ladies and gents toilets. Plus, the centre doubled the space available in its cycle shelter to promote greener transport, this initiative was funded 50/50 between the centre and the council.

The Green Apple Awards are run by the Green Organisation which is an independent environment group dedicated to promoting the positive side of environmental endeavour.