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 maintain your equipment: it will reduce your carbon footprint too.

How does better maintenance lower carbon?

Generally speaking, it’s all a matter of efficiency. Optimised equipment lasts longer and costs less to run. Poorly maintained equipment costs more to run and will typically wear out quicker, which will mean buying a replacement. That’s not good news for your balance sheet. It’s not good news for your carbon footprint either.

Consider the following common examples:

Heating: Old boilers are often a business’ biggest contributor to wasted energy, increased operating costs and carbon emissions. Replacement with a newer, smarter HVAC system or greener alternatives is the ideal solution (and our grant matched funding of up to £15,000 can help with that). But where keeping the old boiler is the only viable option, regular maintenance is essential to ensure that, whilst it may never be especially carbon friendly, your heating system can run as cleanly and efficiently as possible.

Compressors: Many compressed air systems waste around 30% of the air they compress through leaks, poor maintenance, misapplication and poor control. Leaks force a compressor motor to work harder to generate the required flow and pressure – and a motor that’s consistently working harder than it should is more likely to break down, and more likely to have a shorter lifespan than one that is well maintained.

Motors: Most equipment with moving parts is powered by an electric motor. From sanding machines to industrial pumps to your air conditioning unit, regular maintenance protects efficiency and reliability. It can also identify broader problems that can affect your carbon footprint too.

Let a MaCaW carbon audit point you in the right direction

When you ask MaCaW to carry out a carbon assessment of your SME, a great part of our analysis and recommendations focus on maintenance and servicing. It’s a free audit too – so if you’re unsure whether to carry out maintenance of the HVAC system or air compressor first, our audit can not only help you reduce your carbon; it can help you prioritise your maintenance programme.

To explore how MaCaW could help your business cut carbon and costs, contact us.

MaCaW is a University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) project, an industry and academic collaboration funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and supported by Boost, Lancashire’s business growth hub.

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