Since the Business Energy Efficiency (BEE) project launched in the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough area in spring 2017, the programme has supported 70 SMEs to identify cost savings of £411,233 and carbon savings of 1,801t. That’s the equivalent of 535 flights from London to Sydney!
This potential savings have been identified by working with small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to improve their energy efficiency. The project is being delivered by the environmental charity PECT, in partnership with Groundwork and Nwes.
Using funding secured from the European Regional Development Fund, BEE offers a free audit service to help organisations identify energy saving opportunities. Businesses who look to invest in capital projects to improve energy efficiency can access a grant scheme offering up to £20,000 in financial support.
Terry Henderson from the BEE beneficiary, Automated Systems Group Ltd, based in Bar Hill near Cambridge, explains: “It has been a pleasure working with the Business Energy Efficiency team, resulting in a much improved working environment and reduced carbon footprint.”
Following advice from the Business Energy Efficiency advisor that visited their site, Automated Systems Group Ltd replaced its traditional light fittings with LEDs leading to a reduction in energy consumption and carbon emissions, whilst cost savings are expected to be approximately £2,500 in the first year alone.
Prior to commissioning the LED lighting project, Automated Systems Group Ltd was successful in applying for a grant from Business Energy Efficiency and received £5,246 (25% of total costs) towards the improvement works.
Businesses across the region have also been taking action to improve their energy efficiency and save money. However, BEE’s grant funding pot is limited and only available for a fixed period of time, so businesses are recommended to get in touch sooner rather than later!