Envac helps City of Bergen win National Energy Globe Award 2017

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The City of Bergen has won the National Energy Globe Award 2017 following its decision to install Envac, the automated waste collection system, within its historic city centre.

Envac was selected by the City of Bergen for what Terje Strøm, managing director at BIR Nett AS, the firm that managed the project’s delivery, described as its ability to deliver "greener and more hygienic urban areas whilst futureproofing Bergen for decades to come".

The Energy Globe Awards, which saw over 1,500 submissions entered from 178 participating countries worldwide, recognises global innovative and sustainable best practice projects. Operating within UNESCO’s parameters and in cooperation with the United Nation’s Environmental Program, the award scheme focuses on energy efficiency, renewable energy and the conservation of resources.

The judges on the Energy Globe Award’s committee agreed that Envac not only effectively and sustainably handled the City of Bergen’s waste collection, but also delivered significant socio-economic benefits.

On receiving the international accolade Terje Strøm comments: “To receive an award of this magnitude means that you have to innovate and continue to push the boundaries. With Envac we have been able to do just that. Its ability to shape sustainable communities on a number of levels over and above the physical process of waste collection means that it has become an inseparable part of the city’s infrastructure and delivered more value than we ever could have imagined.”

Envac, which is reported to have over 1,000 installations worldwide and transports waste via airflow using an underground network of pipes, is said to reduce waste collection vehicle movements and the associated carbon emissions by up to 90%. The City of Bergen’s system which handles over 30 tonnes of waste each day, collects residual waste, plastic and packaging as well as cardboard.

BIR Nett and Bergen municipality will be presented with the Energy Globe Certificate in August.

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