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Who we are

The MaCaW Project is managed by the University of Central Lancashire and the project team sit within the Centre for Waste Management.

The Centre for Waste Management (CWM) was established in 2002 to provide a focus for existing waste/environmental research, consultancy and course provision at the University. We are committed to the management of waste and developing resource efficiency to create a positive impact on the many associated environmental and commercial issues.

What is MaCaW?

The MaCaW Project has been funded by the European Regional Development Fund alongside the University of Central Lancashire. The project team, based at UCLan, will work with Lancashire based SMEs to reduce their carbon footprint and the associated costs.

How does it work?

Stage 1: A series of workshops and conferences on a range of carbon reduction topics such as green technology solutions, the practical benefits of low carbon practices and lifecycle thinking.

Stage 2: 12 hours of funded support to include a Lifecycle Thinking Diagnostic and Environmental Audit. This will be followed by an Environmental Action Plan. You will be supported through the process of implementing the plan within your business.

Stage 3: Low Energy and Renewable Technology Grant. Up to £8,000 match funding is available (for eligible businesses who have been through stage 2) for the purchase of relevant low carbon technology to reduce the carbon footprint of your business.

Stage 4: Implementation and Monitoring. The MaCaW team will be with you through every step of the process, guiding you through the action plan and monitoring your carbon reduction levels at regular intervals.

Who is it for?

To benefit from the MaCaW project, your business must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Located in the Lancashire region
  • Employ 250 employees or less
  • Have either an annual turnover that is equal to or less than €50 million or a balance sheet total that is equal to or less than €43 million
  • Have received less than €200,000 of state funding in the last 3 years

How will it benefit my business?

The MaCaW project will:

  • Increase resource efficiency within your business and thereby reduce CO2e emissions
  • Reduce costs within your business by identifying alternative processes to reduce energy usage
  • Provide a match funded grant, up to the value of £8,000 for the purchase of low-carbon technology for eligible businesses
  • Help to provide access to new supply chains through meeting low carbon requirements
  • Identify opportunities for product diversification and support re-engineering of production processes to reduce your carbon footprint

Grant funding

Up to £8,000 is available, on a match-funded basis, for the purchase of low-carbon technology. This is subject to qualifying criteria and applications are only permitted from businesses who have been through stage 2 of the project. Full details of the process will be explained to any applicable businesses during the course of the project.

How do I join?

If you are interested in joining the project and feel you meet the qualifying criteria, click here