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Why cutting carbon starts with your people

2021-07-09T17:01:52+01:00

Reducing your Lancashire SME’s carbon footprint with MaCaW may lead to a matched grant for new, efficient equipment. But improvements can start by taking steps that require no capital investment at all. There’s a temptation to think that carbon reduction can’t happen without installing some clever piece of technology – a biomass boiler, solar panels or the latest energy-sipping HVAC (heat, ventilation and air conditioning) system. But the reality is that equipment is only half of the equation. For every LED bulb that could play its part in lowering your company’s energy use, there’s a person who could play [...]

Why cutting carbon starts with your people2021-07-09T17:01:52+01:00

Replacing old, inefficient equipment
– where to start?

2021-06-29T16:05:54+01:00

Replacing old, energy-hungry equipment with new, more efficient models is a simple way to lower your energy bills and carbon footprint – but when you need to keep a tight control of your business capital you’ll want to ensure you get the biggest ‘bang for your buck’. So where do you start? David Richardson from the University of Central Lancashire’s Making Carbon Work (MaCaW) project, has some suggestions. You can’t know how you’re improving your carbon footprint unless you have a baseline from which to work. So our first recommendation for every Lancashire SME that works us is to [...]

Replacing old, inefficient equipment
– where to start?
2021-06-29T16:05:54+01:00

Carbon reduction with MaCaW a “no brainer” says Whitewells

2021-06-21T10:29:56+01:00

Thanks to a carbon audit by the University of Central Lancashire’s Making Carbon Work (MaCaW) project and a grant part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), catering supplier Whitewells is exiting the pandemic a more efficient, effective and low carbon business than it entered it. Whitewells Catering Supplies Ltd has been supplying restaurants, schools and businesses in Morecambe and across Lancashire with fresh produce and catering goods since 1942. In March 2019, the family-owned company asked us to carry out a free audit of its business to identify ways of reducing its carbon footprint. But then, with the [...]

Carbon reduction with MaCaW a “no brainer” says Whitewells2021-06-21T10:29:56+01:00

Maintain to cut carbon. Maintain to cut costs.

2021-05-05T10:44:54+01:00

Maintaining your plant and equipment is part and parcel of running a successful Lancashire SME. And the better maintained your equipment, the lower your carbon footprint is likely to be. You probably don’t need us to remind you of the importance of maintaining the equipment in your Lancashire SME. Regularly serviced equipment runs more efficiently and causes less motor, engine or compressor wear. It protects product quality, reduces the risks of breakdown, extends equipment lifespans and reduces the risk of the dreaded downtime. All of which is, of course, hugely important to any business. But there’s another reason to [...]

Maintain to cut carbon. Maintain to cut costs.2021-05-05T10:44:54+01:00

MaCaW Brings Sustainable Procurement Closer to Home

2021-04-26T16:20:09+01:00

The University of Central Lancashire’s Making Carbon Work (MaCaW) project, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is helping to drive a powerful onshoring message for Pendle Engineering.   Chris Smith, MD of Pendle Engineering, saw a double opportunity in contacting MaCaW. On the one hand, there was the chance for the specialist steel engineers, manufacturers and fabricators to benefit in a similar way to so many other Lancashire SMEs, with a carbon report that could help the business cut its energy costs and operate more sustainably. But there was another, even bigger opportunity to be [...]

MaCaW Brings Sustainable Procurement Closer to Home2021-04-26T16:20:09+01:00

Low carbon heating explained

2021-03-25T14:37:38+00:00

Low carbon heating explained Across UK homes and businesses, heating accounts for more than a third of carbon emissions. So if you really want to make an impact on your business’ carbon footprint, the heating is a great place to start. Here we look at the low carbon options available. The boiler. In most SMEs across Lancashire, it’s typically an aging relic of the fossil fuel age, prone to knocking and gurgling sounds, leaks and losses of pressure. Maintenance and running costs are relatively high – especially when required to heat large spaces - and so are the [...]

Low carbon heating explained2021-03-25T14:37:38+00:00

Solar Savings: Cutting 17% Off Preston Company’s Energy Bills

2021-03-05T09:38:21+00:00

Solar Savings: Cutting 17% Off Preston Company’s Energy Bills The University of Central Lancashire’s Making Carbon Work Project (MaCaW) and a £15,000 grant from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) are helping one of Lancashire’s most respected names in fresh food supply cut its energy costs and carbon. For almost 50 years, B Cookson Limited has been a trusted name in fresh produce wholesaling. Originally operating from Preston’s Bow Lane Wholesale market, the company moved to purpose-built facilities in Fulwood, Preston in 2000. The site is energy intensive. The large walk-in refrigerators that hold stock and keep products [...]

Solar Savings: Cutting 17% Off Preston Company’s Energy Bills2021-03-05T09:38:21+00:00

Feeling the Responsibility for Climate Change?

2021-02-18T12:17:41+00:00

Feeling the Responsibility for Climate Change? There’s more to cutting carbon than saving money. For a growing number of Lancashire SMEs, decarbonisation is on the agenda because it’s the right thing to do. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by climate change. The sheer scale of the problem. The number of ways it affects us. Spend long enough watching images of Californian forest fires, crumbling ice shelves and bleached coral reefs and you could be forgiven for wondering what possible difference you could make. Of course, individually, the difference each of us can make is relatively small. That doesn’t [...]

Feeling the Responsibility for Climate Change?2021-02-18T12:17:41+00:00

JRC Roofing Sees the Light With MaCaW

2020-12-18T10:55:37+00:00

A Burnley-based specialist slate supplier has transformed its site lighting - and is set to transform its energy bills – thanks to support and funding from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and ERDF. JRC, based in Burnley, specialises in the supply of natural slate. As a Lancashire SME, the company was eligible for support from UCLan’s Making Carbon Work (MaCaW) programme, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Thanks to a free audit and match-funded grant, the company has transformed its office and warehouse lighting which has shed new light on its operations and stands [...]

JRC Roofing Sees the Light With MaCaW2020-12-18T10:55:37+00:00

7 ways to save energy this Christmas

2020-11-27T13:28:13+00:00

Switching off and powering down can really add up this Christmas… Most Lancashire businesses have well-honed Christmas routines that ensure their workplaces are put into safe hibernation for a few days. But this year has been anything but routine, and that means your regular plans may already have gone out of the window. So if you’re anticipating a very different sort of Christmas break this year, remember to take these steps to ensure you don’t miss out on opportunities to save energy and cut costs. 1. Turn the heating down: Dropping the temperature of your workplace by just [...]

7 ways to save energy this Christmas2020-11-27T13:28:13+00:00
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