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John Preston, Manager at the Hollybush Conservation Centre, shows how the biomass wood pellet boiler saves energy and money for the centre.

A charity in Leeds was joined by the Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Luciana Berger MP, to officially open a new renewable energy project and start benefiting from low carbon energy.

Hollybush Conservation Centre in Kirkstall received a £22,980 grant towards a biomass wood pellet boiler from the EDF Energy Green Fund, which supports renewable energy projects that help reduce greenhouse gases linked to global warming.

The charity celebrated the completion of the project with the local community at a launch event on Friday 17 February, where Luciana Berger MP, Shadow Minister for Climate Change, and Rachel Reeves MP for Leeds West and Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, toured the centre and officially unveil the project.

The boiler burns wood pellets and will provide all the heating requirements and half the hot water needed at Hollybush Conservation Centre, an environmental training centre run by the BTCV (British Trust of Conservation Volunteers) a charity which inspires people and improves places through practical conservation work across the UK.
Luciana Berger MP said: “Congratulations to everyone involved in this exciting project. It’s great to see Hollybush Conservation, supported by the EDF Energy Green Fund, making positive steps to save energy and reduce carbon emissions.”

EDF Energy offers awards of up to £30,000 to help schools, charities, local authorities, churches, water mills and other non-profit organisations to generate clean, green energy in their own community.

John Preston, West Yorkshire Manager at the Hollybush Conservation Centre, said: “It is great that after all the hard work, and with the support of the EDF Energy Green Fund and the Community Sustainable Energy Programme, we now have the biomass boiler in place and ready to start saving us energy and money and reduce our carbon emissions.

“It is great that we can share this with the local community as we want to become more sustainable and this renewable project is one way we are able to achieve this.”

Hywel Brown, EDF Energy’s Green Fund manager said: “As the official electricity supplier of the London 2012 Games, we’re proud to support this innovative project at Hollybush Conservation Centre. Thanks to customers on our Green Tariff, EDF Energy has been able to invest millions of pounds into small-scale renewable projects,  part of our commitment to be the world’s leading low carbon electricity provider.

”Coupled with education and growing awareness, we believe the challenge of tackling climate change and maintaining affordable energy prices can be met through greater energy efficiency and the generation of electricity from a diverse range of low carbon sources including nuclear and renewable – and we need a variety of small, medium and large scale projects to achieve that.”

EDF Energy has awarded £4.8million to 270 renewable energy projects since the Green Fund was launched in 2001, including £2million to 117 projects in schools, nurseries and colleges. The fund supports renewable energy projects which produce power from the sun, wind, water and geothermal sources that reduce greenhouse gases linked to global warming.

Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Luciana Berger MP, with John Preston, Manager at the Hollybush Conservation Centre, and Rachel Reeves, MP for Leeds West, unveiling the centre’s new renewable energy project.

In all, ten projects have been awarded £239,868 in the latest EDF Energy Green Fund funding round, including a wind turbine at a primary school in Milton Keynes, solar panels at a Roman villa museum on the Isle of Wight and a sports college installing solar thermal panels in the West Midlands.

The Green Fund awards are possible through EDF Energy’s Green Tariff for consumers who decide to choose renewable energy for their home. Customers on the tariff pay less than £15 a year extra towards the Green Fund, which EDF Energy matches pound for pound. Customers can choose renewable energy for their home by calling 0800 096 9696 for information on EDF Energy’s Green Tariff. Each Green Tariff customer receives an energy efficiency pack including a free home energy survey, information on energy efficiency grants, energy efficiency advice and two low energy light bulbs which can save £18 per year on your electricity bill.


Last year, BTCV worked with more than half a million people to improve communities and change lives. BTCV Hollybush works directly with more than 500 mainly disadvantaged people each year.

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Notes to editors:
EDF Energy
EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity, producing around one-sixth of the nation's electricity from its nuclear power stations, wind farms, coal and gas power stations and combined heat and power plants. The company supplies gas and electricity to more than 5.5 million business and residential customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain.

EDF Energy’s safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations at sites across the country makes it the UK’s largest generator of low carbon electricity. EDF Energy is also leading the UK's nuclear renaissance and has published plans to build four new nuclear plants, subject to the right investment framework. These new plants could generate enough low carbon electricity for about 40% of Britain’s homes. They would make an important contribution to the UK’s future needs for clean, secure and affordable energy. The project is already creating business and job opportunities for British companies and workers.

Through Our Sustainability Commitments, EDF Energy has launched one of the biggest environmental and social programmes of any British energy company and the company has since been awarded the highest ranking of Platinum Plus in Business in the Community’s 2011 Corporate Responsibility Index, the UK’s leading voluntary benchmark of corporate responsibility.

EDF is the official electricity supplier and a sustainability partner of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The company is also helping its customers and others use energy more sustainably through products and initiatives such as Team Green Britain, smart meters and electric vehicle research.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, one of Europe’s largest power companies. The company employs around 15,000 people at locations across the UK.

For more news from EDF Energy please see www.edfenergy.com/media-centre/ . To find out more about the UK's energy challenges look at www.edfenergy.com/energyfuture/

BTCV Hollybush
More information on BTCV Hollybush is at www.btcv.org/leeds
BTCV - www.btcv.org
Established in 1959, BTCV is a social enterprise group. We enable people to make a difference in their lives and improve the places around them.
Across the UK, BTCV supports more than 628,000 people working on more than 29,000 projects each year to improve the environment.
In 2010 we helped 20,000 people into work. Our hands-on environmental opportunities and help for people developing skills for both life and work is as critical as ever.  

Our work includes:
- Regular environment tasks across the UK
- Climate change campaigns
- Back to work training and employment support
- UK and International environmental holidays
- BTCV Green Gym
- BTCV Community supporting community groups across the UK
- Online shop, including native trees and plants, handbooks and tools
- Community Sustainable Energy Programme:

The Big Lottery Fund
•           The Big Lottery Fund’s Changing Spaces programme was launched in November 2005 to help communities enjoy and improve their local environments. The programme funds a range of activities from local food schemes and farmers markets, to education projects teaching people about the environment. The Building Research Establishment (BRE) was appointed as a Changing Spaces award partner, responsible for distributing £10.1m through its Community Sustainable Energy Programme. 

•           The Big Lottery Fund, the largest of the National Lottery good cause distributors, has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK since its inception in June 2004. It was established by Parliament on 1 December 2006.