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Businesses ‘switching on to savings’ with the BEE programme

Businesses across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have taken steps to improve their energy efficiency and cut costs with help from the Business Energy Efficiency (BEE) programme. 

Since the programme was launched early in 2017 BEE has already supported 48 businesses to help cut their carbon and identified over £270,000 in savings. The total carbon savings opportunities identified equate to around 1,200 tonnes CO2e.

Using funding secured from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), BEE offers a free service to help organisations identify energy saving opportunities. Businesses can also invest in capital projects that implement energy efficiency measures, with grants available up to a maximum of £20,000. 

One of BEE’s recent beneficiaries, Web2market Ltd, replaced its remaining traditional energy intensive fittings with LED lights following recommendations made by the programme. This has led to a predicted carbon reduction of 0.47 tonnes CO2e and estimated cost savings of over 10% in energy bills.

Nigel White, Director at the business said; “Web2market has benefitted from the impartial energy advice and guidance provided by BEE. The analysis made financial decisions easier. Ideas that we had not thought of were evaluated and we were referred to good suppliers. We carried out the work and are now enjoying the benefits. The process is to be recommended!”

Another beneficiary, Cambridge Sensotec, has estimated a carbon reduction of 9.9 tonnes CO2e and cost savings of £1,870; “The energy survey report was accurate and comprehensive and we are already in the process of taking action on some of the recommendations” says Mark Swetnam, Managing Director.  

The project is being delivered by the charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) in partnership with Groundwork and Nwes. 

BEE’s grant funding pot is limited and only available for a fixed period of time, so businesses are being encouraged to get in touch to find out if they are eligible sooner rather than later! To find out more and to register your interest, please visit www.beecp.org, email info@beecp.co.uk or call 01733 882549. 

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