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Green Award For Dorset Partnership


8:43am 23rd December 2013

A project that's saved Dorset businesses more than £200,000 has been recognised with a national award.

75 local firms have been helped to identify costly leaks from compressed air equipment - with the free loan of a special bit of kit.

Dorset County Council funded the scheme which is run by the Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Nick Doughty site manager at Hall and Woodhouse, said:

"The initial inspection revealed 18 compressed air leaks, and an evening inspection revealed even more leaks the human ear cannot hear, but the ultrasonic sound detector found them easily.

"There were a total of 36 leaks with potential savings of £23,000. Our team of engineers and electricians set to work replacing joints and valves or isolating lines no longer in use."

The scheme has won the local Energy catalyst category in the ENDS Green Economy Awards. This class celebrates projects that help businesses reduce their environmental impact, make savings and improve efficiency.

Cllr Hilary Cox, Cabinet member for environment, said:

"It is fantastic that the partnership between the county council and DCCI has been recognised in this way. We will continue to support this award winning initiative. We have allocated funding to Dorset Chamber for another ten surveys to be offered out in January 2014."

Shirley Ewart, Business Development Manager at Dorset Chamber of Commerce & Industry who project managed this initiative said

"We could only achieve these breakthrough improvements in energy efficiency across Dorset as we were awarded a grant via Dorset County Council and I am delighted we had the chance to showcase our fabulous County at National level". 

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