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Grants available for ANY Energy Efficiency measure for Suffolk and Norfolk Businesses

Grants available for ANY Energy Efficiency measure for Suffolk and Norfolk Businesses

Businesses in Suffolk and Norfolk can ‘BEE’ greener and save money for free, thanks to the BEE Anglia project launched earlier this year. European funding was approved just in the nick of time to help Norfolk and Suffolk businesses grow sustainably while cutting their energy costs.

So far BEE Anglia have awarded £23,130 in grant funding for various energy efficiency projects including radiant heating, vehicle tracking, wood burner and lighting.  The scope for grant funding has been widened to enable ANY energy efficiency measure to be considered.  Approval will be based on being able to demonstrate sufficient associated energy savings.

Debenvale in Woodbridge have been awarded a grant and are having a new wood burner installed in January, part funded by BEE Anglia.

Our workshop has lots of wood offcuts and it makes sense for us to use the timber as a heat source, it will reduce our waste and make us more energy efficient.  The wood burner is a large initial outlay but knowing that we will receive a proportion of this cost back from BEE Anglia helped us make the decision to go ahead with the purchase and in the long run we will save on our waste and heating costs. Any savings we can make allows us to continue to invest back into other areas of the business and help us continue to grow.

Gemma Southgate, Debenvale Ltd – Woodbridge, Suffolk

The BEE Anglia project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is being delivered across the region through a partnership of Groundwork, Norfolk County Council, NWES and Suffolk County Council.

To date the project has reviewed 142 organisations and identified cost savings of £1,334,026 (£9,395 per business), and carbon savings of 17,445t (123t per business).  The savings identified are the equivalent of 5185 flights from London to Sydney.

The project has three core offers that have been designed to help businesses reduce carbon and save money using independent advice, funding and recognition for their efforts.

Free Energy Reviews - Our energy experts will visit the business’ premises to conduct a free, impartial and independent review that identifies the best cost and carbon saving opportunities.

Grant Funding - BEE has a limited pot of European funding to support participating businesses to implement energy efficiency measures.

Carbon Charter Accreditation - Help your business stand out from the crowd with the Carbon Charter – fully funded by the BEE project.

 

If your organisation is interested in the service, register your interest online (www.beeanglia.org) or call Groundwork on 01473 350370. Our dedicated advisors will be able to answer any queries about eligibility for the programme or potential grant projects.

Article by Groundwork Suffolk

Groundwork Suffolk is an award winning environmental charity that primarily works to lower the environmental impact and running costs of businesses in Suffolk by increasing their energy and resource efficiency.

Since 2008, we have been delivering an Environmental Business Adviser Service on behalf of Suffolk County Council and the 'Climate Change Partnership' which is a support service for businesses in the county that have fewer than 50 employees. This funded service offers free impartial on-site energy efficiency reviews or distance telephone and email support. These services are designed to help businesses prioritise the potential energy and resource efficiency measures, and provide support to encourage their implementation.

As part of our support, we are able to signpost to suitable grant funds, review energy tariffs to ensure they are competitive, help identify potential suppliers, draft environmental policies and estimate savings for planned projects.

Groundwork Suffolk also undertakes a broad range of work with local communities and partners on individual projects and longer term programmes of activity in 6 core sectors; employment and skills; education; young people; communities; business and land improvement. The environment is the inspiration for all of our work.