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Dearne Valley businesses cut carbon emissions and save money

posted 22 Jun 2010, 04:51 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 22 Jun 2010, 05:03 ]

Over 40 local businesses will attend a breakfast seminar on Friday 25 June to hear how they can cut their energy bills and help address climate change whilst coping with the impact of the Government’s emergency budget announcement.

The event, the first organised by the Dearne Valley Business Forum, aims to help local companies identify how they can save money. It will provide an opportunity for companies to network, hear about the latest initiatives in the area and find out how to take advantage of local opportunities.

The key note speaker at the event will be John Healey, local MP for Wentworth and Dearne. With the event coming just three days after the government’s emergency Budget, he will be ready to discuss the consequences of this with local businesses. He will talk about the challenge of bringing about a strong economic recovery after the recession. 

“We need to ensure that the Dearne Valley area and the businesses in it can work well with public agencies so that they have the best possible basis to be successful in the longer term,” said John. 

The event will encourage businesses to sign up to reduce their carbon footprint as part of the wider Dearne Valley Eco-Vision, an ambitious and exciting plan to transform the area into the lowest carbon community of its type in the UK.  

Representatives of Dearne businesses will hear how the project aims to involve local communities, boost the economy as well as protect and enhance the natural environment of the Valley. 

Dearne Valley Eco-Vision Project Manager, Joanne Wehrle, said, “We want all sections of the community in the Dearne Valley to be aware of the impact that their actions are having on the environment and what they can do to minimise this. The good news is that often the steps taken to reduce carbon emissions can result in financial savings for householders and businesses. We want to help local residents and businesses to realise these savings and contribute towards the delivery of the Eco-Vision.” 

A host of organisations will also be on hand at the event to offer information and advice about free support and grants available to help businesses improve their green credentials. 

The forum website can be accessed at the following link: http://www.dearnevalleybusinessforum.org.uk

Local environmental trust, Groundwork, is offering a programme of advice and training for up to 20 businesses in the Dearne Valley area looking to improve their environmental performance, and achieve an accredited environmental management standard. The programme is targeted at SMEs and is due to start in the Autumn 2010, running for 6-months. It is part-funded by CO2Sense Yorkshire via Yorkshire Forward and the European Regional Development Fund. Businesses can obtain more information about advice and training from Louise Hawson at Groundwork on 0114 263 6420.

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive Travel Advisors Georgina Simons and Bob Mynors are offering business services including a free workplace travel survey. The information collected results in recommendations on the best ways for staff and visitors to use the available public transport network, and of other sustainable options such as car sharing, cycling and walking. The travel advisors also offer smart ways to plan journeys, and to source alerts on public transport service changes and disruption. Information is available on 0114 221 1221.