The environmental initiative was announced yesterday (April 2nd) by Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government John Gormley and Super Valu Managing Director Donal Horgan, whose company sponsors the awards.

A Climate Change accolade will be on offer this year, with community groups asked to investigate their carbon footprint and raise awareness of environmental issues at a local level.

Mr Gormley explained last year’s competition saw a record number of entrants.

He said there are 11 categories being run in conjunction with the main one this year.

“The introduction of a climate change category this year ensures that the National TidyTowns Competition continues to evolve and is to the fore in addressing key environmental issues,” the minister added.

Entries should be sent to the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government by May 22nd.

The news follows yesterday’s (April 2nd) G20 summit in London, where world leaders were said to have placed the development of a sustainable and green economy high on the agenda.

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