BARNSLEY Council have picked up a prestigious award for its net-zero programme.

Working in partnership with The Business Village, they were named the regional winner by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in the ‘future-ready’ category.

The council declared a climate emergency in September 2019 and set out its aims to achieve net zero carbon within the council by 2040 and across the borough by 2045.

They then launched the Net Zero Accelerator - a project offering free and intensive support, designed exclusively for businesses based in the Barnsley area.

Coun Robert Frost, cabinet spokesperson for regeneration and culture, said: “The programme has been delivered by a team of highly experienced professionals working closely with businesses across Barnsley.

“These businesses have shown a real commitment by looking at ways to identify energy-saving initiatives and improve efficiency.

“As a council, we are focused on reducing carbon, and this project has been a great example of how this can be achieved by working together.”