SMEs get helping hand to cut carbon and cost

10 January 2012

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10 January 2012 | Helen Gilbert

Small businesses in Yorkshire and Humberside are being offered the chance to take part in a scheme that will help them reduce their carbon footprint.

The CO2Sense Environment Voucher initiative gives firms two days of free consultancy to help them deliver an action plan to show them where they could be making cost and carbon savings.

The not-for-profit business development programme enables companies to get up to £8,000 investment for up to 50 per cent of the cost of equipment to help them use less water and energy, improve their waste processes, generate clean energy or work with their supply chain to reduce the carbon footprint of their products and services.

Last September SM reported that more than half of UK companies will drop suppliers in the future if they fail to get carbon emissions under control.
 A spokesman for the not-for-profit consultancy said: “Larger organisations are encouraging companies that they buy from to mange their carbon footprint. You can make a lot of savings by putting better equipment in.”

Since the scheme was launched in July 2011, more than 100 businesses have successfully applied for investment and consultancy that will allow them to save a total of £147,000 and 358 tonnes of CO2. Now up to 100 more are being given the chance to take part.

Matt Hill, CO2Sense senior consultant, added, “The Environment Voucher offers all sorts of businesses the opportunity to make real changes that will bring significant cost and carbon savings for their business. We have helped over 100 businesses already, but we want to help 100 more take advantage of these opportunities.”

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