Norfolk businesses can ‘BEE’ greener
The BEE (Business Energy Efficiency) Anglia project was officially launched in Norfolk on Thursday 17 November with an event held at The Enterprise Centre at University of East Anglia in Norfolk. 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 Matthew Taylor, Team Manager, Consultancy and Special Projects at Adapt Commercial Ltd, June Davenport, BEE Anglia Delivery Manager and Ned Harrison, BEE Anglia Project Manager.
June Davenport gave examples of some businesses in Norfolk that have already received support through BEE Anglia and have already cut their operating costs and saved carbon. To date the project has reviewed 108 organisations and identified cost savings of £1,133,401 (£10,593 per business), and carbon savings of 16,134t (151t per business). The savings identified are the equivalent of 4,799 flights from London to Sydney.
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.
Ned Harrison, BEE Anglia Project Manager described how the Carbon Charter had grown to be the predominant environmental accreditation in Suffolk, with over 350 awarded to businesses of all sectors and size. He added that “the Carbon Charter’s success has been founded in assisting businesses to celebrate their own good practice and innovation. The funding available in BEE Anglia opens up this valued endorsement to many more businesses in Norfolk and Suffolk”.
If your organisation is interested in the service, register your interest online (www.beeanglia.org) 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.