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 [...]
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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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 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 [...]
5 Ways on how to boost tender success 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 [...]
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 [...]
Helping Lancashire businesses cut energy costs and carbon emissions - for free. We’ve yet to meet a business that didn’t want to do more to make its processes leaner and greener. Cutting carbon means cutting energy, and the more energy you cut the more money you save. It’s a virtuous circle, and one Lancashire businesses can now access more easily thanks to MaCaW. MaCaW helps Lancashire SMEs to reduce their carbon footprint and save on energy costs by producing a comprehensive energy report that offers energy saving recommendations. Then we can provide matched grant funding of up to [...]
6 behavioural changes you can make Cut your carbon footprint to benefit your bottom line Energy saving? Make some behavioural changes There are lots of things you can do to save money and cut your carbon emissions. Upgrading to energy efficient appliances, switching to smart metering, investing in renewable energy sources and installing insulation can all make a big difference. But sometimes, making changes doesn’t require a major investment – it just needs everyone to think about their actions and modify their behaviour. Here are six ways that a change of behaviour could benefit your energy efficiency: 1. [...]