Hook Norton’s green efforts have helped the village win an award as the best carbon cutting community in Europe.
The Hook Norton Low Carbon Ltd co-operative beat off competition from all over the continent in these top European energy awards.
The busy eco-club in the village runs a car sharing venture and has put solar panels on the school and insulated areas to form useable space.
It offers waste-oil biodiesel to residents to save carbon emissions and cut their bills and is part of a scheme to tap ‘reusable’ green electricity.
Tim Lunel, founding member of Hook Norton Low Carbon said: “We are delighted to receive this recognition from the Ace Awards.
“Reaching energy neutrality will take time and investment and that’s why Hook Norton Low Carbon created our rolling community loan fund to underpin this transformation.
“We are considered the first community to use grant funding to generate a long term sustainable revenue stream and we hope that through this award we can inspire other communities to develop their own innovative approaches to transition to a sustainable energy future.”
The initiative was nominated for the Ace Awards by the UK’s National Energy Foundation earlier in the year and the winners were announced in The Netherlands last week.
The high-profile event recognises achievements in renewable and sustainable energy.
Hook Norton Low Carbon Limited (HNLC) is a Co-operative and Community Benefit Society set up by Low Carbon Hook Norton members to help the community reduce its energy consumption, carbon emissions and save money.
It promotes a range of community-based schemes and individual household projects based on interest-free loans.
The aim is to create a rolling fund with repayments re-invested in future projects.
It is planned to generate revenue from renewable energy and carbon reduction to ensure the fund’s sustainability and allow NHLC to help other communities.