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MaCaW invites expressions of interest for freelance ad-hoc support – Energy Auditing and report writing

2019-10-10T10:26:51+01:00

The Making Carbon Work (MaCaW) ERDF project was awarded to the University of Central Lancashire in 2017. MaCaW helps SMEs in Lancashire to reduce their carbon footprint, save money on energy costs and provide grant funding to purchase low carbon technology. The MaCaW Project has been funded by the European Regional Development Fund alongside the University of Central Lancashire as part of a drive to reduce the planet’s carbon footprint and is completely FREE of charge to Lancashire SMEs. The project has an in-house team but needs to supplement this with freelance ad hoc support in several areas for a limited [...]

MaCaW invites expressions of interest for freelance ad-hoc support – Energy Auditing and report writing2019-10-10T10:26:51+01:00

Fitness firm in peak condition thanks to carbon-cutting audit

2019-10-08T15:19:06+01:00

Commercial fitness equipment supplier Fitness Warehouse is eyeing sustainable savings in surface water drainage charges, thanks to MaCaW The Preston-based business is researching the potential for re-using rainwater captured from its roof space as a result of bespoke advice from experts at MaCaW, which was set up to help Lancashire SMEs move to a low carbon model. Fitness Warehouse is also looking into the possibility of installing LED lighting and is in the process of applying for a grant, with match funding from MaCaW, as well as implementing recommendations to reduce energy usage through behavioural changes such as [...]

Fitness firm in peak condition thanks to carbon-cutting audit2019-10-08T15:19:06+01:00

Futureproof your business for the low carbon future

2019-08-20T16:31:39+01:00

MaCaW’s Professor Karl Williams shares how Lancashire SMEs can futureproof their businesses for a low carbon future. The business sector in the UK accounts for at least 18% of natural greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions according to BEIS. To support a low carbon future the Government has now announced its commitment to a netzero GHG target by 2050 in a bid to tackle the climate emergency. It has fallen on industry to find responses and action plans to achieve the revised target which has now moved from 80% to 100%. Businesses will no longer be able to ignore such [...]

Futureproof your business for the low carbon future2019-08-20T16:31:39+01:00

Do You Know Your Numbers?

2019-08-19T11:00:37+01:00

You know your profit, your turnover, your margins. You probably see your overheads in your sleep. So is it time more businesses knew the numbers regarding their carbon footprint? Management guru Peter Drucker’s quote “What gets measured, gets managed”  remains applicable to a surprisingly large range of circumstances, including energy consumption and carbon footprint. Want to cut the per unit cost of an item you produce? Or increase profit? Or widen margins? You’ll need to measure production time, output and cost and volume of raw materials before you can understand which ‘levers to pull’. The same is unquestionably [...]

Do You Know Your Numbers?2019-08-19T11:00:37+01:00

Leyland firm exhibits tangible savings thanks to MaCaW

2019-10-09T10:34:54+01:00

An events, digital and film company is set to make savings of more than £3,000 annually as a result of the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan’s) Making Carbon Work (MaCaW) project. Leyland-based Glasgows will cut its energy usage by 29,000 kilowatt hours of energy, saving £3,132 and 12.3 tonnes of CO2e per year, once measures suggested by MaCaW’s expert advisers have been implemented. Mark Nelson (L) and Peter Burn (R) with Glasgows’ Director Tim Lowell The project, which was set up to help Lancashire SMEs move to a low carbon model, has also enabled the company to [...]

Leyland firm exhibits tangible savings thanks to MaCaW2019-10-09T10:34:54+01:00

Carbon cutting project is just the tonic for medical supplies firm

2019-10-08T15:16:56+01:00

A medical products supplier has taken a major step towards shrinking its carbon footprint, thanks to the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan’s) Making Carbon Work (MaCaW) project. Blackburn-based BMS Critical Care worked closely with MaCaW’s expert advisers, whose recommendations are expected to reduce the company’s energy usage by around 20 per cent. The measures follow the government’s recent announcement of a new plan to tackle climate change, which aims to reduce UK greenhouse gas emissions to almost zero by 2050, replacing the previous target to reduce emissions by 80 per cent by the same year. Analysing the company’s operational [...]

Carbon cutting project is just the tonic for medical supplies firm2019-10-08T15:16:56+01:00

Lancashire furniture firm sitting comfortably following MaCaW support

2019-10-08T15:16:11+01:00

   A Lancashire office furniture and screens manufacturer is taking steps to reduce its carbon footprint, as a result of an energy management programme recommended by the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Making Carbon Work (MaCaW) project. Screentek International is already benefitting from lower energy costs, delivered through simple behavioural changes that will result in an improved bottom line performance going forward. Establishing the carbon footprint, then shrinking it Screentek has been based in Coppull, near Chorley, since it was established in 2002. It’s 43-strong workforce includes machinists, upholsterers, designers and accountants. The company signed up to the [...]

Lancashire furniture firm sitting comfortably following MaCaW support2019-10-08T15:16:11+01:00

Engineering a low-carbon solution

2019-10-08T15:21:03+01:00

Lancashire engineering business Electropak is benefitting from a greener, lower-cost future thanks to the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan’s) Making Carbon Work (MaCaW) project. Preston-based Electropak worked with MaCaW’s expert advisers to identify ways to shrink its carbon footprint as well as its energy bills. The company is now applying for grant funding for 50 per cent of the cost of carbon-saving measures installed as a result of the scheme. Assessing Electropak’s business and energy needs  Established April 1986, Electropak turns over £2.5m and employs nearly 30 staff to manufacture complete engineering projects. Its services include laser and waterjet [...]

Engineering a low-carbon solution2019-10-08T15:21:03+01:00

5 Ways Being More Carbon Efficient Can Boost Tendering Success

2019-07-24T16:46:50+01:00

Carbon efficiency: make it part of your tendering. It’s not just the environment that stands to benefit. Sustainability is often seen as an internal process. It’s something a business focuses on to reduce costs, cut emissions and improve processes. For many, it’s not something to shout about. Yet increasingly, sustainability isn’t merely an internal matter. Moving to a low carbon way of working can make a positive difference to the outcome of your tenders in a number of ways. Here’s why: It’s expected For some time, public sector tenders have contained a CSR / environmental element. As what [...]

5 Ways Being More Carbon Efficient Can Boost Tendering Success2019-07-24T16:46:50+01:00

MaCaW Mythbusters

2019-07-24T07:27:51+01:00

Think MaCaW is too good to be true? It could add thousands to your bottom line. It could cut your carbon emissions by up to 69%. The whole process could be done in just a couple of weeks. Oh, and it really is FREE. Think MaCaW is too good to be true? Take a look at our mythbusters. Tell anyone that the service you provide is free but that you have to act now before time runs out and, well, we’ve all put the phone down on calls like that. But just occasionally, something that seems too good [...]

MaCaW Mythbusters2019-07-24T07:27:51+01:00