Council up for new awards

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ABERDEENSHIRE Council is in the running for two new awards in the Northern Star Business Awards - Best Campaign Award for the 1second1life bus safety campaign and the Green Award for a project to install energy efficient solutions in council buildings.

The council has converted the heating system at Aboyne Academy from oil to wood chip heating and this is currently saving around £56,000 per annum at current oil prices, when compared to oil.

A wood pellet boiler at Banff Academy has also recently been installed which will generate similar savings.

Both of these were demonstrator projects and intended to promote demand for wood fuel products produced in Aberdeenshire. In under four years, installed capacity of wood fuel boilers has risen from virtually nothing to 11 Megawatts.

The bus safety campaign followed two separate road accidents in September 2008 when two school pupils were fatally injured after alighting school buses.

Aberdeenshire Council’s transportation team and private partners developed a high profile marketing and awareness campaign designed to educate young people and drivers about school bus safety.

The campaign was initially launched in Spring 2009 with press activity and a teaching resource pack with DVD distributed to every school in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire.

The council will find out if it has won at the AECC on Thursday, October 6.