Barbados’ Future Centre Trust has granted the British High Commission the first certificate in its Green Business Barbados Programme. Nicole Garofano, Administrative Director of the Trust, presented the award to High Commissioner Paul Brummell at a reception at his residence, Ben Mar, at which the programme was officially launched. The FCT’s Green Business Barbados programme is designed to help businesses on the island develop sustainability plans for their operations.

HC Paul Brummell receives award from Nicole Garofano

British High Commission's Paul Brummell receives award from Nicole Garofano

The High Commission earned its award having contracted environmental consultant Lani Edghill to devise and implement a green strategy for its office and residential estate in Barbados. Lani spent four months working on education and environmental awareness, energy conservation, pollution control management, waste reduction and recycling, and water conservation in the office and at home.

Results include a comprehensive recycling system for office and home waste, the installation of a rain water harvesting system at Ben Mar and energy efficient devices throughout the estate, the use of non-toxic cleaning agents, and green training for staff members. The High Commission now includes the consideration of ‘green’ issues in all its procurement, maintenance and management decisions as it reduces the impact of its operations on local resources.

UK High Commissioner Paul Brummell with Lani Edghill, Greening Officer

UK High Commissioner Paul Brummell with Lani Edghill, Greening Officer

The High Commission has also signed up to the 10:10 campaign, in concert with many other UK diplomatic missions around the world and the UK operation of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. This involves a target to reduce carbon emissions in four areas: air travel, vehicles, electricity from the grid, and fossil fuels, by 10% in 2010. The High Commission is analysing its emissions using a Carbon Calculator and implementing schemes to reduce usage.

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