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 [...]
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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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]