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Local business cleans up

Prioritising more sustainable and greener ways of business, Seacombe based company, Ørsted have been making changes in reaction to the climate crisis.

The recent ‘Climate Crisis: What’s Next in Wirral’ event on 10 July, saw environmental entrepreneur and author, Ed Gillespie, refer to their work as: “the living embodiment of what can happen in Wirral when we embrace change”.

In continued efforts to improve the way they work, Ørsted have changed from 100% fossil fuelled to 100% renewable, in reaction to the climate crisis that we are now facing. Their work focusses on developing the business in relation to the environment and protecting the communities where their offices are based.

Supporting World Oceans Day last month, they organised four different beach cleans around the coast of the UK, one of which, took place in New Brighton, where their Operations and Management is now based.

The New Brighton beach clean, on Sunday 9 June, saw employees from Ørsted joined by: local community environmental group - The New Brighteners, the RNLI, Wallasey Ladies Rugby Club, Wallasey Junior Football Club and numerous members of the public including, council staff from the Place and Investment Team as part of the Employee Volunteering scheme.

The almost 50 volunteers, that gathered for the day, spent two hours cleaning the beach, managing to collect approximately 25 bags of rubbish. With the help of Wirral Council, who organised for Biffa to remove the rubbish, the clean has helped to make a positive difference to our local environment.

Speaking on behalf of Ørsted and why they wanted to organise these the beach cleans, Jennifer Howitt, Planner Scheduler for Ørsted Offshore said: “We have completely transformed our business to a purely renewable energy company. We are now global leaders in offshore wind and our vision is a world that runs entirely on green energy. We wanted to organise the Beach Clean to show our commitment to protecting the environment and, most importantly, working with our local communities to #takegreenaction”

The beach clean raised awareness of the rubbish that ends up in our water from the litter left on the shoreline and engaged people, beginning conversations around the topic of waste and looking after our environment.

Cllr Liz Grey, Wirral Council’s cabinet member for Environment and Climate Change, commented on the company: “Ørsted are a company that are paving the way for others to follow and in the face of the climate emergency, their move to renewable energy and their motivation for a cleaner environment is something that we can all learn from and aspire to.”

She continued: “It’s great to see a big company getting involved in the local community and working together with residents and community groups to maintain and improve our local areas.”

The move to renewable energy and the work done to further improve the environment is an example of what can be done by companies and businesses across the Wirral to protect our environment.

If you would like to get involved, The New Brighteners continue to maintain New Brighton beach by running regular cleans, the next will take place on Saturday 13 July 11am-12pm. To join, please meet at Fort Perch Rock, CH45 2JU, Wallasey.