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Thursday, 30 August 2007

Yorkshire festival scoops Powergen award for energy efficiency

Yorkshire festival scoops Powergen award for energy efficiency

Chapel Allerton Arts Festival has been named by Powergen, part of E.ON, as one of the most energy conscious summer fairs in the UK.
The week-long festival, which culminates on festival day on 1 September in Chapel Allerton, Leeds, has been selected by Powergen's energy experts as one of the most eco-friendly festivals to take place in the UK this summer.

The organisers have ensured that this year's festival, which celebrates the tenth anniversary of the event, educates about energy awareness, while also being a fun day out for all the family.

Organisers are closing off a street and ‘low energy entertainment' such as table skittles will be encouraged.

There will be a strong focus on recycling at this year's festival, with the introduction of a ‘Street Crew' of local youngsters who will pick up litter and sort out items that can be recycled, with any cans collected to be sold to a local aluminium recycling company.

The organisers are also planning to source environmentally-friendly fabric festival ‘Bags for Life' to be used during the festival, and afterwards, to further promote the idea of re-using.

All of these initiatives have led to Powergen awarding the festival with an Eco Fete Award, earning organisers a prize package worth £500 to further support the energy saving initiatives.

Phil Biddle, Head of Energy Efficiency at Powergen, said: "When choosing our winners, we looked for the little things that the organisers did to make a big difference and the Chapel Allerton organisers certainly did that, particularly with the introduction of low energy entertainment and the involvement of young local people with recycling."

Over the summer, the energy company has been urging organisers of fairs and festivals throughout the UK to follow simple energy saving tips and enjoy a more environmentally-friendly community event.

Steve Hunter, Event Manager of the Chapel Allerton Arts Festival, said: "We're delighted to have been recognised by Powergen for our efforts in being environmentally friendly. We're going to use the prize money to implement further environmentally friendly initiatives for the festival this year, with some of the money going towards the ‘Bags for Life' and the production of the t-shirts and bags for the ‘Street Crew'. We are so thankful to Powergen for providing us with this money and enabling us to further increase our energy efficiency throughout the festival."

Powergen is part of E.ON, the world's largest investor-owned power and gas company, and is the company that sponsors the FA Cup.

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