Oxfordshire man wins MOD’s prestigious Energy Award
An Oxfordshire man has won the MOD’s prestigious Sanctuary Award for his excellent efforts to reduce energy consumption.
Major Leigh Jackson, Officer in Command at Royal Air Force (RAF) Brize Norton scooped the Individual Energy Award for his efforts in reducing energy consumption at the site by 335 tonnes of carbon dioxide during 2011/12.
Using both traditional and innovative energy saving techniques such as double glazing, insulation, LED lighting and bio-mass boilers, Leigh’s energy saving efforts are forecast to save the MOD more than £712,000, and reduce carbon emissions by 4,340 tonnes over the next three years.
The Award Board was particularly impressed by his dedication and initiative to reduce the site’s carbon footprint. His efforts have had a positive impact on site at RAF Brize Norton and therefore the Board found him to be a worthy winner.
Major Leigh Jackson said:
“I was over the moon to be elected as the individual winner of this prestigious award. However without the help of my team and a proactive contractor none of my projects would have got off the ground. So I must congratulate all of them for their hard work. We will continue in our quest to provide sustainable solutions to the infrastructure needs of RAF Brize Norton.
We have still got lots of ideas and hope to continue with our programme of projects as long as the money for funding is made available. It makes absolute financial sense that we are successful. The hardest sustainable project that we face is the one of changing the culture of the occupants to one of unconscious sustainable behaviours. All that aside it is always nice to have your efforts recognised, of which I am very grateful.”
Representing the Sanctuary Award Board Marcus Yeo, Chief Executive of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), said:
“I have been a member of the judging panel for the Sanctuary Awards for several years, and I am always impressed by the breadth and quality of environmental work undertaken on MOD property. This year has been no exception and it was a hard task to select award winners from such a diverse range of high-quality submissions.”
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