Left: Richard Murphy, managing director of the Energy Consortium; Katherine Middleton, Catherine Kimmet and Paul Harrison with Lemn Sissay, chancellor of the University of Manchester. Picture: Mark Copeland, Envision Images

The College of West Anglia (CWA) has won a coveted award for carbon reduction.

King’s Lynn-based CWA scooped the category win at this year’s Green Gown Awards.

The award acknowledged the college’s work which has seen a reduction in its carbon footprint of more than half since 2010.

A spokesman for the college said this had been achieved through a programme of investment in areas which  included new state-of-the-art buildings, refurbishment, solar panels, an electric car, biomass boilers, the installation of air-source heat pumps and LED lighting.

This year, the college made a 15 per cent reduction reaching a total carbon reduction of 51 per cent since the project began.

Katherine Middleton, college energy and environment officer, Paul Harrison, vice-principal, and Catherine Kimmet, head of property services, attended the Manchester awards ceremony.

Ms Middleton said: “As the only college short-listed in our category of eight finalists, we are immensely proud of our achievement.

“It showcases the investment and hard work that has been put into improving the college’s estate over the past few years and puts us at the forefront of the education sector.”

CWA principal David Pomfret added: “This highly prestigious award recognises that, in just six years, we have halved our carbon footprint, transformed our learning and working environment and significantly reduced our ongoing energy usage and costs.”

Established in 2004, the awards are administered by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges. They recognise sustainability initiatives undertaken by universities and colleges to improve their carbon footprint.