‘BEE’ greener and save money for FREE.

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The BEE (Business Energy Efficiency) Anglia project was officially launched in Suffolk on Friday 23 September with an event held at the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook.  The project is funded by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund and is being delivered across the region through a partnership of Groundwork, Norfolk County Council, NWES and Suffolk County Council.

The event was attended by local businesses, partners and stakeholder organisations.  Speakers included Councillor Matthew Hicks, Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, June Davenport, BEE Anglia Delivery Manager, and William Kendall, High Sheriff of Suffolk.

Cllr Matthew Hicks said “BEE Anglia builds on our extensive track record of working in partnership to support Suffolk businesses to operate more sustainably.  Since 2008 Suffolk Climate Change Partnership has worked with over 1500 businesses to identify savings of £8m on energy spend.  BEE Anglia expands and unifies this support under one banner across Norfolk and Suffolk.”

June Davenport gave examples of some businesses that have already received support through BEE Anglia and have already cut their operating costs and saved carbon.  To date the project has reviewed 54 organisations and identified cost savings of £897,154 (£16,614 per business), and carbon savings of 14,647.8t (271.3t per business).  The savings identified are the equivalent of 4,353 flights from London to Sydney.

William Kendall, High Sheriff of Suffolk welcomed the launch of the BEE Anglia project which will support businesses to do what they do best; fix some of the bigger problems in society and create valuable and fulfilling jobs.  Historically progress has been driven by business and businesses will tackle the challenges of today.

BEE Anglia has three core offers that have been designed to help our businesses reduce carbon and save money using independent advice, funding and recognition for their efforts.

The project provides businesses with a free energy efficient audit from an independent source. This allows business owners and managers to discuss technologies and opportunities from energy efficient lighting to bio-mass boilers and even new bits of equipment or kit that could save the business money and energy. Companies who have already started to go through this process have enjoyed benefitting from the independent and expert viewpoint that is not biased to one technology or another.

Grant funding is available towards a wide range of equipment and technologies, although the pot for this is limited and interest is expected to be high.

The BEE Anglia partnership is delighted to be working closely with the Carbon Charter. 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.

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