On behalf of Barrow Borough Council we’re offering free support to SMEs in the Barrow area to help them reduce their carbon emissions.
Benefiting from fully funded, one-to-one support, ten businesses will get a carbon footprint calculation and a building energy audit. They’ll also benefit from an environmental impact audit and get recommendations for reducing energy use, renewable energy generation and other top tips to reduce the business’s carbon footprint.
To help us understand the nature of the businesses, including aspirations and challenges, the one-to-one support will start with an on-line meeting with one of our advisors. We’ll then collect information to be able to calculate a carbon footprint, and give access to the on-line CAfS carbon footprint calculator, to enable businesses to update their information and keep tabs on their carbon footprint in the future.
Once the carbon footprint calculation is complete, one of our energy auditors will visit in person to carry out an energy audit of the premises. This will look at the construction of the building, the energy systems in place, and potential for renewable energy generation. The findings from the audit will be captured in a report, alongside recommendations for reducing energy use.
We’ll follow up with an on-line meeting to understand the businesses broader environmental impacts, for example, from transportation or use of materials, and will help develop an action plan to tackle them.
Lastly, we will reconvene to discuss our recommendations. The audits and recommendations will then be combined in an overall report which will be provided to each of the businesses.