East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce and Chamber Low Carbon were delighted to play a key role in the delivery of a recent business support event from Electricity North West, ‘Electric vehicles, renewables and energy efficiency for business’.

Hosted at the impressive AMRC North West Samlesbury Aerospace Enterprise Zone, the free event aimed to offer advice from industry leaders and field experts on how businesses can realistically save energy, reduce their costs, and reduce carbon emissions on their independent Net Zero journeys.

Guests were also in with the chance of test-driving a range of electric vehicles from Jaguar, Landrover, MG, Nissan, KIA, BMW, Mini, Toyota, Lexus, Maxus, Mercedes and Citroen.

The event kicked off with an introduction from event host Jonny Sadler, Strategic Decarbonisation Manager at Electricity North West, followed by Melissa Conlon, Commercial Director at AMRC North West, who provided insight into the roles of research and innovation within the organisation.

Miranda Barker OBE, CEO of East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, then led discussions into the the importance of a building’s energy efficiency and cost saving measures, as well as the availability of funded support programmes such as the globally award-winning Chamber Low Carbon, an initiative supported by the European Regional Development fund.

Speaking at the event, Miranda said:

“I’m delighted to be supporting Electricity North West, not only in hosting this event, but in linking Lancashire firms to support from our own sustainability team and all of Electricity North West.

“At this time of mounting bills, it’s vital that all our businesses work to drive energy efficiency, reduce their electricity use and reduce their environmental impact. Right now, it’s not just a matter of climate, but about business survival too. The event is a fantastic opportunity for enterprises across the county to network with those who can support that journey locally – it’s never been more important.”

Commenting on the support available, Miranda said:

“We can no longer wait, we need to do this ourselves. Businesses need to be on the front foot and business support like Chamber Low Carbon can help this. More and more systems and supply chains are insisting you state your sustainable credentials and have a carbon reduction plan.

“Our support programmes are marked on how much we can help you. How much has our assistance aided your sustainability improvements and actions? Have we lowered your energy bill and carbon footprint?”

Attendees also heard from Paul George, Commercial Manager at Drax, on how to develop electric vehicle and charging strategies, followed by Ben Smith.

The talks were rounded off with a case study section, allowing attendees to see and hear about the practicalities and benefits of transitioning their operations with energy efficiency measures and electric vehicles.

As part of the panel, both East Lancashire and North & West Lancashire Chambers of Commerce facilitated their members Rapid IT and Fox Brothers to provide great insight in the positive impacts of the changes made.

The event was delivered in partnership with AMRC, Chamber Low Carbon, East Lancashire Chamber, North and Western Lancashire Chamber, Let’s Experience Electric, Lancashire County Council and Boost.

If you’d like to know more about the funded support your Chamber can offer, contact the Chamber Low Carbon team on 01254356487 or email info@chamberlowcarbon.co.uk.

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Published On: November 16th, 2022
East Lancashire Chamber