Green Business Awards 2008: Best Energy Company - Winner Dalkia

Schools are challenging places to make environmental improvements.

Energy services firm Dalkia developed a sustainable energy supply contract with North Somerset Council for its 82 schools that has successfully shown how key problems can be overcome. Through a range of initiatives, the company has managed to reduce participating schools' energy consumption significantly. North Somerset Council has seen a cost-saving of more than 10%, according to Dalkia, and capital savings have been earmarked for further energy-efficiency improvements. The judges called the contract an excellent, innovative approach for a hard-to-reach and cash-constrained audience.

It's a sobering statistic. According to energy supply and services firm Dalkia, 80% of UK schools have sub-standard assets. Not only does this make buildings energy-inefficient, but schools often lack cash to finance improvements and tend to spend their money on supporting education.

Dalkia signed an innovative energy services and supply contract with North Somerset Council to tackle these issues. The resulting 'performance partnership' covers up to 70 primary and 12 secondary schools for which the council is responsible, as well as a number of council buildings.

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