LEWISHAM has been named as one of the country’s low carbon leaders after winning a Climate Week Award.

The awards celebrate the best of what Britain has to offer in combating climate change, including outstanding achievements by individuals, businesses and communities.

Low Carbon Lewisham Central was chosen from four finalists for Best Local Initiative category.

It is one of just ten low carbon zones across London trialling a range of methods to find the best, easiest and most cost-effective ways to reduce CO2 emissions.

Launched in January last year, its first year has seen 5,000 energy efficiency measures installed in two-thirds of the 1,000 properties in the area.

The initiative includes free insulation, free energy surveys and free boiler assessments.

It also offers free advice to local businesses and has engaged staff at the local hospital.

Lewisham Council cabinet member for customer services, Councillor Susan Wise, said: "This is terrific news. It's a true reflection of how hard the different public, private and third sector partners worked together to make Low Carbon Lewisham Central so successful.

" Residents have managed to cut their carbon emissions and reduce their energy bills - exactly what Climate Week is all about."

Climate Week runs until March 27 and is the new national occasion backed by the Prime Minister and Sir Paul McCartney to inspire millions to combat climate change.

For information about the Climate Week Awards, visit climateweek.com/awards