Charlotte’s solar-powered cartoon wows energy judges

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A forward-thinking pupil from St Bede’s Catholic High School has scooped top prize in a national art competition designed to create the house of the future.

Charlotte Simms, 13, from Lytham, took first place in the 12-16 years seasonal category art competition for the annual Bosch Group Environment 2020 Awards earlier this month.

The 13-year-old demonstrated an ability to think way ahead of her time and produced an animated cartoon depicting a solar-powered house of the future.

The awards aim to promote sustainable energy and reward those who have demonstrated their commitment to renewable technologies, which in turn help the government to meet challenging 2020 emission targets.

Carl Arntzen, managing director of Worcester, Bosch Group said: “The annual Environment 2020 Awards have been highlighting the importance of fighting climate change through high-efficient heating products for over a decade. The awards allow us to celebrate those who are raising awareness of environmental targets.

“Although among many deserving entrants, we felt Charlotte was a clear winner for her creative drawing depicting a solar powered house. Hopefully she will grow up to become an inspiring ambassador for energy efficiency.”

Charlotte won £50 in Love2Shop vouchers, a framed copy of her winning artwork and a signed certificate from Managing Director, Carl Arntzen.

Now in its 14th year, the Environment 2020 Awards aim to highlight the importance of reducing the country’s carbon emissions, which is now aiming to reduce total emissions by 80% by 2050.

For more information about the Environment 2020 awards, or to submit an entry for the next awards, please visit