“Winning the IOG Award generated a great deal of interest and publicity for the club in the press, with the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and, most notably, among other cricket clubs throughout the UK – many of which have contacted us asking for information and advice about introducing similar energy-saving initiatives.”
So says Mark Robinson, Secretary of the Ashton on Mersey Cricket Club in Cheshire, winner of the 2011 IOG Industry Award for Environmental Project of the Year. “Indeed,” adds Mark, “the ECB is currently focusing on encouraging sustainability within cricket clubs and, following the award, is now featuring a case study-based video of the club on its website and as part of a DVD for energy saving advice – visit http://www.ecb.co.uk/ development/facilities-funding/sustainable-clubs/energy%2c2636%2cBP.html).”
The IOG Award was the culmination of an ambitious five-year project to reduce the club’s energy consumption by 45 per cent and its carbon footprint by 50 per cent. This was achieved by a range of measures; no less than 25 energy-saving initiatives including the installation of Solar thermal panels to heat water, the use of Solar Light pipes to negate the need for electrical lighting during daylight hours and the installation of Solar Photo Voltaic panels that allow the club to generate its own electricity not only for internal use but also to actually sell back to the national grid.
Visit www.iogawards.com to view the easy-to-enter categories of this year’s IOG Industry Awards, being held at York Racecourse on December 6.