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Young people celebrate energy saving achievements

7th July 2011 On Tuesday 12th July, Severn Wye Energy Agency (SWEA) will showcase the achievements of their award winning Young Energy People (YEP!) project which has been supported by Gloucestershire County Council.

The celebration event will take place at Robinswood Hill Country Park from 9am to 3pm.

As part of its drive to reduce carbon emissions in schools, Gloucestershire County Council has funded the Young Energy People (YEP!) project in county schools since 2009. Created and managed by Severn Wye Energy Agency, YEP works with students to reduce the energy use and environmental impact of their schools and local communities.

The project has proven to be very popular with schools and has reduced the energy consumption of the schools involved by an average of 14% across the first two phases of the project.

This is significant when you consider that the average secondary school in the UK emits 540 tonnes of carbon each year and that in 2009, UK schools spent an incredible £450million on energy.

This incredible success has been recognised nationally, with Severn Wye Energy Agency being announced as one of the winners at the recent Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy.

Mark Stead, Project Manager at Severn Wye Energy Agency, said "We are extremely proud to have won this prestigious award.

"It is a testament to the hard work put in by the students and staff at our schools and none of this would have been possible without their hard work and dedication.

"We are grateful to Gloucestershire County Council for their support over the years, without which this project may not have been possible.

"This event will give us a chance to celebrate our success and thank schools for their role in helping us to win this award."

At the event, students will have opportunities to take part in a range of practical workshops and share their ideas and experiences with other schools. The event will culminate in an awards ceremony, hosted by Councillor Chas Fellows, Cabinet Member for economy & environment at Gloucestershire County Council, with school's achievements being recognised and celebrated.

Councillor Chas Fellows, Cabinet Member for Economy and Environment said: "I am delighted to be involved in this special event to reward schools for their hard work and dedication to the YEP! project."

"The success of this project is completely down to the commitment of students and teachers. It is very important that all students have a better understanding of the energy issues we are facing now and how this will impact on them in the future.

"Well done to all schools involved, I look forward to seeing some of you at the event next week."

Severn Wye Energy Agency will continue to offer 'YEP!' support to schools as a paid for service with an expected one year return on investment in the new academic year.

To find out more about the Young Energy People project visit: www.swea.co.uk