“MaCaW showed us that solar could cut our carbon footprint by 38.6% and save almost £5,500 each year in bills.” Bloom in Box’s Tom Reardon has long been committed to cutting his business’ carbon footprint. The only problem? From solar panel providers to energy generation, “I really didn’t know how to tell the good from the bad.” To find out, Tom spoke to MaCaW, the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Making Carbon Work project, an industry and academic collaboration funded by the ERDF and supported by Boost, Lancashire’s business growth hub. Bloom in Box started life as a specialist [...]
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With energy prices spiralling, there’s one question we’re asked more than any other: which is cheaper right now, gas or electric? There’s a simple answer to this. And then there’s the rather more nuanced response. Here’s the simple answer: gas tends to be cheaper than electricity. That still applies right now, despite the volatility in the gas supply market. That’s because around half of the UK’s electricity comes from gas, so gas supply problems affect the cost of both electricity and gas. But the basic cost of a unit of energy isn’t the only thing your Lancashire SME will [...]
“I think we’ll cut our energy costs by 40-45%” - AquaSpira sees the cost benefit of saving carbon. Composite steel reinforced pipe-maker AquaSpira has put the finishing touches to a solar panel installation. It’s the latest step in a carbon saving plan that began with a carbon audit by the University of Central Lancashire’s Making Carbon Work (MaCaW) project, an academic/industry collaboration, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). With the rising cost of energy, talking to MaCaW has been “one of the best decisions’’ AquaSpira has ever made. Since 2007, Nelson-based AquaSpira has produced innovative drainage [...]
We’ve calculated your carbon footprint. We’ve identified how you can reduce it. We’ve helped you access matched grant funding to make you a more efficient, more sustainable business. But what then? If there’s a way for innovation to drive further efficiencies in your business, Eco-I North West could be the answer. Sustainability, to reuse a well-worn cliché, is a journey. For many Lancashire SMEs it starts with a call to MaCaW. A carbon audit and subsequent report sets the business on a clear path towards understanding more about its carbon footprint and how to reduce it. Then a matched [...]
What’s the simplest way of saving thousands in energy costs, cutting tonnes of carbon from your operation, and boosting your business’ profile with clients seeking a more sustainable supply chain? Canopy Products called the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan’s) Making Carbon Work (MaCaW) project, an academic/industry collaboration, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Since 1973, Canopy Products Ltd has been crafting door canopy sets, gallows brackets, heritage barge boards and more from its base in Bacup, Lancashire. The company supplies its products to a wide range of clients including major construction companies and blue chip clients. [...]
By the end of this decade, there’s a very real chance your home, business and your car could all be powered by hydrogen. Once upon a time, hydrogen wasn’t taken entirely seriously as a power source of the future. In the 1970s it was championed as a clean, green answer to the decade’s oil crisis, but proved too expensive to make a reality. As recently as 2019 Elon Musk called the tech behind hydrogen “mind-bogglingly stupid”, although you might conclude he would say that given his investment in electric vehicles (EVs). And yet, in 2022, a major project in [...]
Ask MaCaW to help your Lancashire SME reduce its carbon footprint (and energy bills) for free and the first step will be a chat with Andrew Gullick, MaCaW’s Carbon & Energy Auditor. His carbon report won’t just help you cut carbon; it can open the door to matched grant funding of up to £15,000 for carbon emission-reducing equipment. But how do you get from initial call to successful grant application? Andrew takes us through the steps. ndrew Gullick has a long history with carbon saving. “I started in building services in the early 2000s and moved on to compliance [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
– where to start?Mark Nelson2021-06-29T16:05:54+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 [...]