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Low carbon heating explained


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


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?


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


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


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

Carbon & COVID-19 – How Cutting Emissions Could Aid Recovery


As Britain slowly emerges from lockdown, most companies are focused on returning to business as usual – or as close as they can possibly get to it. Sustainability, carbon emissions and the environment?

Carbon & COVID-19 – How Cutting Emissions Could Aid Recovery2020-10-06T12:00:12+01:00

Energy saving? Sow the seeds now…


Businesses save on average more than £10,000 on energy bills and cut CO2e by 26 tonnes when they work with MaCaW. And with match funding of up to £15,000 for bringing low carbon technology to your business, there’s never been a better time to get on board.   Spring flowers. Chances are you passed some beautiful ones on your way into work this morning. Perhaps they’re in full bloom in your garden right now. Of course, they didn’t just materialise. They’re the result of the work put in late last year, because spring bulbs take a little while [...]

Energy saving? Sow the seeds now…2020-04-29T15:43:37+01:00
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