Rob Charlton, CEO of Space Group, said: “Energy conservation and carbon reduction is a big part of what we do now, and through implementing operational changes such as changing our lighting, we can significantly reduce our carbon footprint.
Following an initial enquiry, free energy audits are carried out by Blyth based Narec Distributed Energy, a spin-off from the National Renewable Energy Centre
Companies are then given the opportunity to apply for a grant towards a third of the cost of implementing any recommendations in the report.
Space Architects, which is aiming to be carbon neutral by 2023, received £7241.42 towards an on-going LED lighting project that overall has the potential for 31 tonnes of carbon savings.
It is estimated that the grant funded lighting upgrades will account for 20.1 tonnes of that.
In this instance Space hope the improvements will not only help achieve its carbon reduction target and reduce its energy bills but demonstrate to customers their commitment to sustainability. Space Group have set themselves an ambitious target to achieve Net Zero carbon by 2023. With the help of BEST and other changes within the business, Space is currently 85% towards achieving this.
Councillor Ged Bell, cabinet member for employment and culture at Newcastle City Council, said: “It is extremely positive to see local businesses benefiting from the services this great project offers.
“Rising energy bills are one of the biggest spends for businesses and this project helps those businesses to cut energy costs and save money while making a valuable contribution to reducing harmful carbon emissions.
“I encourage all eligible businesses to take advantage of the advice and funding being offered by the five local authorities and use this opportunity to make positive changes.”
Our advice would be to make a start. It’s a cliche but the first step is the most difficult. As you start to compile data it becomes easier.”