Low Carbon Zone businesses scoop awards
Pioneering businesses that have shown a commitment to shrinking their carbon footprint were honoured at an awards ceremony hosted by the John Baird Pub on Fortis Green Road.
Steps taken by local traders have helped to drive forward the Low Carbon Zone – one of just 10 in London backed by the Mayor of London and the Department for Energy and Climate Change to spearhead schemes to help London become a low carbon city.
The event saw Gold Awards for “outstanding commitment to reducing their carbon emissions and environmental impact” given to:
- Muswell Hill institution Toff’s fish and chip shop – for increasing recycling; installing aerated taps; improving the efficiency of their conditioning units; exploring energy efficient lighting, responsible sourcing of fish, and engaging the public with their Mackerel Bap promotion.
- Newcomers Pop Hair – for introducing energy efficiency measures to help reduce energy consumption by almost 30 per cent and increasing recycling to significantly reduce the amount going into general waste.
- Feast on the Hill – for introducing a new cool room and reducing the number of fridges used; installing a new, 35% more energy efficient, air conditioning unit, adopting a robust environmental policy, and creating safe bike storage to encourage staff to cycle to work.
Even just maintaining a refrigeration system properly, for example keeping it clean and in the right position in the premises, can save 20% in refrigeration costs per year. For some food businesses this can represent over 50% of their energy costs (The Carbon Trust 2011).
So being green does not just save the planet but also money. ‘I wasn’t born green’ says award winning Feast owner, Roger Ward, ‘but I realised that it has to be an integral part of your business nowadays, to the point where it’s written into your business plan’. ‘When you realise that your staff want you to do it and your customers are asking you to do it, and there are economic reasons to do it, it becomes essential. My team are very connected. They want Feast to be more sustainable and I want to support them, for example I provide a safe place for staff to keep their bikes if they cycle to work.’
Roger is also Chair of the Muswell Hill Traders Group, which has been working with the Low Carbon Zone. They, like Feast, have now adopted an environmental policy so sustainability is now an integral part of the organisations’ aims, and they have a whole series of exiting green events and initiatives planned for the area including their 2011 Festive Event on 10th December, new LED Christmas Lights for the Broadway and even a Muswell Hill App!
Businesses in the Traders Group have pioneered the drive for energy efficiency by independent business in the Low Carbon Zone, helped by free energy efficiency audits.
Silver Awards, for “commitment to reducing their carbon emissions and environmental impact” were presented to: Observatory Opticians; the John Baird; Ask restaurant; Nyborgs Kitchen; Maison Blanc; the Royal British Legion; Muswell Hill Hotel; Bones; Frocks Away; Aziza; Bayla; the Clissold Arms, and COSI.
Emma Whittlestone, owner of Frocks Away and co-chair of the Muswell Hill Traders’ Group, said: “Muswell Hill is already a very green place, the partnership between the LCZ and the MHTG will see this continue and flourish well in the future. We love working with all sectors of the community, the Traders Group exist to keep the high street vibrant.”
The Muswell Hill LCZ brings together the council, community groups, residents and businesses to look at new ways to reduce carbon emissions and pioneer green technologies. For more background information on the Low Carbon Zone, visit www.haringey.gov.uk/lcz