Gibraltar Cabinet Minister Visits Woking - 21-11-2012

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From left to right: Peter Canessa, Chief Executive, Gibraltar Tourist Board; Ray Morgan, Chief Executive,Woking Borough Council; Hon Neil Costa, Minister for Tourism, Public Transport and the Port; Shahid Azeem, Chairman, Woking Asian Business Forum; Cllr John Kingsbury, Leader of Woking Borough Council; Nicky Guerrero, Chief Executive, Gibraltar Tourist Board; and Matt Peachey, Promoting the Borough and Economic Development Manager, Woking Borough Council. 

A delegation of senior officials from the British territory of Gibraltar made a welcome visit to Woking on Friday 9 November to learn about its internationally renowned green initiatives.

The visit by the Minister for Tourism, Public Transport and the Port, The Hon Neil Costa, Director of Gibraltar House, Peter Canessa and Chief Executive of the Gibraltar Tourist Board, Nicky Guerrero, met the Leader of Woking Borough Council, Cllr John Kingsbury, Chief Executive, Ray Morgan, and Economic Development Manager, Matt Peachey. The visit had been arranged by the Chairman of Woking Asian Business Forum, Shahid Azeem.

During the visit, the group discussed at length ways that the territory can implement renewable energy schemes, such as solar panel installation and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) production, and sustainability initiatives including schemes to promote cycling and increase recycling rates across Gibraltar.

Following the meeting, Cllr John Kingsbury, Leader of Woking Borough Council, said: “Woking is well known as a leading authority on green initiatives and we are delighted that senior government officials from Gibraltar decided to visit Woking. We discussed our experiences and shared ideas to assist them in ways they can reduce their carbon emissions and improve their sustainable energy mix. We look forward to continuing to offer expertise and assistance as Gibraltar’s plans develop, while recognising that there are also many things we can learn from them.”

Commenting on his visit, Minister Costa said, "We're grateful to Woking Borough Council for the invitation to meet and exchange ideas of common interest. Her Majesty's Government of Gibraltar is committed to implementing green initiatives throughout government and to lead by example, and the discussions we've had with the Council on these matters have sown the seeds for further collaboration between us both in order to achieve our aims."