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Council shortlisted for national award


South Ayrshire Council is a step away from winning a top award at the Public Finance Awards 2023.

The Council has been shortlisted in the 'Sustainability and Social Value' category.

The recognition highlights work undertaken by the Council's Asset Management team to reduce energy consumption.

Thanks to their efforts, a staggering £300,000 has been saved over the last two years due to a reduction in gas usage. The savings reflect upgrades to energy management systems in many Council buildings, as well as the fitting of automatic meter reading meters which allow staff to closely monitor the use of energy.

Councillor Martin Kilbride, Buildings, Housing and Environment Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: "This is a great achievement and helps to raise the profile of our Asset Management team who are involved in transformational projects across the Council. These improvements are not only saving the Council money but helping to reduce our carbon footprint.

"We're always looking at innovative ways to help tackle the climate crisis. The next project will involve working with a team of Danish energy experts as part of a District Heating Mentoring Programme. For many years, consumers in Denmark have benefitted from energy released as heat from a range of sources. We're now looking at this programme which could not only help to reduce emissions locally but across Scotland."

The  Public Finance Awards 2023 take place on Tuesday 28 November at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House in London.