Energy Efficiency accreditation scheme for Norfolk Businesses launches

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Norfolk businesses of all sizes now have access to a tailor made accreditation to showcase their commitment to the environment.

The Norfolk Carbon Charter was officially launched in Norfolk on Tuesday 7 March with an event held at No8 Thorpe Road, Norwich, part of RedCat Partnership and a Bronze Carbon Charter holder.

The Carbon Charter recognises environmental commitments and progress, and has been specifically designed to be of practical benefit to businesses. Accreditation brings membership to the active Charter network, with extensive opportunities for sharing best practice and developing business contacts. Accreditation with the Carbon Charter usually comes at a cost but is fully funded through BEE Anglia.

Organisations that apply for the Norfolk Carbon Charter will be joining a network of around 180 businesses across the region (and this is growing on a monthly basis)

The event was attended by local businesses, partners and stakeholder organisations.  Speakers included Ned Harrison, BEE Anglia Project Manager, Richard Mills from Red Cat Partnership and Cllr Martin Wilby, Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Environment, Development and Transport Committee.

Richard Mills from RedCat Partnership said: “We’re delighted to host this event at our venue, No8 Thorpe Road.  Gaining the bronze carbon charter accreditation has helped us showcase our commitment to clients, suppliers and the local business community… It really gives us the motivation to strive for silver, and ultimately gold. Advice from the Groundwork team has helped us clarify our environmental targets, and paved the way for our drive for continuous improvement.”

Julian Barnwell of Barnwell Print said: “We are immensely proud to be the first company to achieve the Gold level of the Norfolk Carbon Charter.  As a keen scuba diver I’ve seen first hand the impact of climate change to coral reefs and by achieving the gold award we feel this is a conscientious and positive step in making a contribution to safeguarding the environment for future generations.  I would encourage all Norfolk businesses to champion the Norfolk charter as a standard for their business, not only is it the correct moral ambition, but it also has an economic benefit.”

Cllr Martin Wilby of Norfolk County Council said “The Carbon Charter’s success has been founded in assisting businesses to celebrate their own good practice and innovation.  The funding available through BEE Anglia opens up this valued endorsement to many more businesses in Norfolk.  We know there is a lot of good practice out there and I look forward to awarding many more charter accreditation's in Norfolk”

To date the project has reviewed 220 organisations and identified cost savings of £1,644,352 (£7,474 per business), and carbon savings of 19,178t (87t per business). That’s the equivalent of 5,704 flights from London to Sydney!

The Carbon Charter is launching in Norfolk as part of the Business Energy Efficiency Anglia project, funded by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund and delivered across the region through a partnership of Groundwork, Norfolk County Council, NWES and Suffolk County Council.

If your organisation is interested in the service, register your interest online or call Groundwork on 01473 350370. Our dedicated advisors will be able to answer any queries about eligibility for the programme or potential grant projects.

Martin Wilby Richard Mills Julian Barnwell