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Grand Arcade awarded gold environmental status
Tuesday 5th March, 2013

Wiganís Grand Arcade, the first carbon neutral shopping centre in the UK, will be presented with a Gold Environmental Award by Wigan Councilís economic development team on Tuesday 6th March, following its involvement with the Environmental Business Pledge scheme.

The scheme has been developed by Manchester City Council and Groundwork to help organisations in some areas of Greater Manchester contribute to reducing CO2 emissions. It is delivered in Wigan Borough by Wigan Councilís economic development team. More businesses in the area are being encouraged to benefit from the free expert advice on offer, which can generate cost savings and improve their environmental credentials.

Cllr David Molyneux, deputy leader of Wigan Council and portfolio holder for regeneration, said: “The Environmental Business Pledge is a free advice and award scheme which has already identified more than £3 million of savings for Wigan Borough based businesses.

“The recent Greater Manchester Business Survey highlighted that 65% of businesses identified energy costs as their main cost pressure. This free initiative can help businesses reduce these costs and save money. I would, therefore, encourage any business to get in touch with economic development and sign up to the pledge. As well as offering the free review and advice on energy efficiency, the team can help implement their recommendations and make cost-savings, which could be a real boost for businesses during these challenging times."

The resource efficiency review was able to identify further savings of around £4,000 for the Grand Arcade, despite their fantastic green credentials.

Howard King, Grand Arcade deputy manager, said: "We are very focused and committed to reducing our carbon footprint. This award recognises the Grand Arcade's efforts.

"The Resource Efficiency Review highlighted some areas of savings including a solution to the disposal of the 300 bin bags of plastic clothes hangers that the Grand Arcade generates. We have been put in touch with a company who will collect and recycle these, which will save us more than £1,000 as well as enable us to be more environmentally friendly. It is examples like this that makes the Environmental Business Pledge such an important initiative for businesses."

The Environmental Business Pledge is a free scheme open to any business with its own premises based within Wigan Borough. In addition to the review and advice, businesses may qualify to receive a bronze, silver or gold award.

Cllr David Molyneux will present the award the Gold award on Wednesday 6th March at 12 noon. The award acknowledges the centreís carbon neutrality, green roof and involvement in community environmental projects. The presentation takes place during national Climate Week.

Information about the benefits of signing up to the free pledge and details of the awards can be found at: www.wigan.gov.uk/environmentalbusinesspledge or email: ero@wigan.gov.uk for details.

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