Help available for Cambridgeshire businesses to cut energy usage and costs this Earth Day
Cambridgeshire businesses are being encouraged to celebrate Earth Day tomorow (April 22) by signing up to a new programme which aims to help reduce their energy usage and costs.
Earth Day is an annual global event to show support for environmental protection. Its aim is to encourage people to do things that will benefit the Earth, such as changing to renewable energy sources, wasting less resources or planting trees.
Small and medium sized businesses wanting to show their commitment to Earth Day could do so by improving their energy efficiency with help from the Business Energy Efficiency Cambridge and Peterborough (BEECP) programme. BEECP has money available from the European Regional Development Fund and is being delivered by the charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT), Groundwork and Nwes.
The project offers eligible businesses a free energy efficiency audit which will help identify areas where cost and carbon savings can be made. There is also grant funding available to help businesses invest in capital projects to implement energy efficiency measures.
To date around 40 SMEs have contacted BEECP for support, recognising the tangible business and environmental benefits that result from becoming more energy efficient as an organisation
Antony Gough, BEECP Project Manager, said: “This is a great opportunity for small and medium sized businesses to actively reduce their impact on the environment.
“The process to establish whether a business is eligible for help is quick and easy, and the support on offer could make a real difference in terms of reducing energy usage and therefore costs. I would encourage small and medium sized businesses to get in touch today to find out how we can help them be more energy efficient.”
To find out more about the programme please visit www.beecp.co.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01733 882549.
You can find out more about Earth Day at http://www.earthday.org/
About Business Energy Efficiency Cambridge & Peterborough
The Business Energy Efficiency Cambridge & Peterborough programme (BEECP) aims to provide support and grants to small businesses to help catalyse investment in energy efficiency initiatives, to reduce carbon emissions and realise the associated business benefits including; reduced operating costs, increased competitiveness, business growth and resilience.
The project is offering two strands of support to help businesses improve energy efficiency:
- Energy Reviews - A fully funded on-site review to help identify, prioritise and quantify opportunities for cost and carbon savings for businesses. Additional support will be available to help businesses identify specific solutions and products, with detailed feasibility studies as required.
- Capital Grants - Qualifying businesses may be able to apply for a capital grant – up to a maximum of 25% or £20,000, whichever is the lower - to help catalyse investment in products and solutions that will reduce energy use.
The project is bringing together experienced organisations and energy efficiency practitioners, led by the charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT), and delivered in partnership with Nwes and Groundwork. The project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). For more information, visit www.beecp.co.uk
European Regional Development Fund
The project is receiving up to £1,368,576 of funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for ERDF. Established by the European Union ERDF funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding
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