A programme to help Lancashire businesses reduce their carbon footprint launched this week to a united and positive response.

Taking place at Brockholes Nature Reserve, near Preston, the event encouraged businesses across the county to explore the possibilities and opportunities on offer through the Chamber Low Carbon programme.

Chamber Low Carbon is a £2m part European funded project (ERDF) offering companies across the county a free suite of services aimed to help them improve efficiencies, reduce their carbon footprint and save money.

The programme is being delivered via a partnership between the North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, Businesswise Solutions and BOOST.

The Low Carbon team are supported by  the two Lancashire Chambers staff and the technical expertise is enhanced by the services of Corium Consultants Ltd, Crowberry Consulting Ltd, the Intelligent Design Centre, Fern Innovation Ltd and Energy and Automation Direct Ltd, as well as the team at Businesswise Solutions Ltd.

Stephen Sykes, Low Carbon Programme Manager, said: “The aim of Chamber Low Carbon is to help Lancashire businesses understand the strategies they need to implement to deliver a low carbon future; and that strategy differs from business to business.

“We are here to advise on what will work best for their business and point them in the right direction. Feedback from the launch has been very good. The businesses who attended were very keen to play their part and their attendance marked the first step on their low carbon journey.

“We are also here to help the development and adoption of new low carbon technologies.”

“We look forward to working with these, and other businesses as they come on board in future months.”

The Chamber Low Carbon programme is in line with last year’s Government launch of the Clean Growth Strategy, promoting clean growth, while ensuring an affordable energy supply for businesses and consumers.

The aim is to increase productivity, create good jobs and boost earning power for people right across the county, while at the same time helping to protect the climate and environment upon which we and future generations depend.

For further information about the programme, please contact: Chamber Low Carbon Programme Manager, Stephen Sykes- s.sykes@chamberelancs.co.uk