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Environment charity receives international award for Warm Homes scheme

Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) has won an international award for Environmental Best Practice in Fuel, Power and Energy Saving.
The Green Apple Awards were launched in 1994 and are internationally recognised

The Green Apple Awards are presented annually to help recognise, reward and promote environmental best practice around the world.

PECT received the award for the charity's Warm Homes Fenland initiative, which aimed to improve the lives of vulnerable households that were suffering from or at risk of fuel poverty.

Nikki Dekker, project officer for Warm Homes, said: "We are thrilled to have received the Green Champion Award. It has been fantastic to support residents with essential support to keep their homes warm and improve their quality of living. Fuel poverty still affects 2.4 million households in the UK and here at PECT, we are passionate about supporting people in need."

The project finished in March 2021, supporting nearly 600 residents with free home energy advice and support, which included top-up fuel vouchers, debt relief, small home improvements and access to additional support. From this, Warm Homes has helped to save £122,114 in costs on fuel bills.

To help make this possible, the initiative was funded by the Kenneth Miller Trust.

Although the Warm Homes Fenland initative has come to an end, PECT has launched a new Warm Homes service this year, called the Cambridgeshire Home Energy Support Service (CHESS). This has been launched in partnership with Cambridgeshire ACRE and is aimed at vulnerable residents across northern Cambridgeshire.