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The MaCaW Team produced an article for Lancashire Business View in April 2019 to showcase the superb offer available to Lancashire SMEs. Below is the article and we again thank the LBV team for producing this for us!
Lancashire SMEs can improve their bottom line by adopting low energy practices and processes while helping shrink the county’s carbon footprint.
The University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan’s) Making Carbon Work (MaCaW) project enables firms to exploit opportunities to improve energy performance as well as identifying areas where carbon-reducing technology can be installed.
With grant funding also available to assist in the purchase of green technology, now is the time for businesses to act.
An industry and academic collaboration, MaCaW is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and supported by Boost – Lancashire’s business growth hub.
The simple process involves carbon baseline analysis, site visits and energy audits, along with the creation and implementation of an integrated low-carbon action plan. Up to £8,000 in match funding is also available for qualifying businesses to buy low carbon equipment that helps them to reduce carbon footprint. (£15,000 as of November 2019)
Preston-based Electropak is one company looking forward to a greener, lower-cost future thanks to MaCaW. Working with the team’s experts, the engineering business identified ways to reduce its carbon footprint including energy bills and is now in the process of applying for grant funding to install carbon-saving measures.
By working together, Lancashire SMEs can have a significant impact on the region’s carbon footprint, by implementing low energy practices and processes to reduce their carbon burden, as well as making significant cost savings. As energy bills continue to rise and carbon reporting becomes more compulsory, it’s important to be prepared now.