Help is here for businesses to cut their carbon emissions

Updated: 17 November 2022Environment and Climate Emergency

Small and medium-sized businesses across Three Rivers are being offered support to cut their carbon emissions.

Small and medium-sized businesses across Three Rivers are being offered support to cut their carbon emissions.

Three Rivers District Council is working with Eastern New Energy (ENE) to offer a programme which will help businesses make vital changes to reduce energy costs and help them work towards net-zero and improve sustainability credentials.

Under the scheme local businesses will have free access to a building energy assessment and renewable energy survey, providing them with a report listing the most cost-effective projects. The results of the survey can be used to apply for match-funded grants between £1,000 and £6,750 from Low Carbon Workspaces .

ENE can also help local companies by assessing whether there are electric vehicles on the market that meet their needs and comparing the total cost of ownership of electric vs conventional vehicles. The organisation’s experts can help develop a business plan, and advise on sources of funding.

Eastern New Energy is a three-year research collaboration project funded by the European Regional Development Fund. The project covers Hertfordshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Rutland and parts of Lincolnshire and Essex. ENE aims to understand and remove the barriers that prevent rapid decarbonisation in communities, buildings and transport.

The free energy assessments close for new applicants from 28 February 2023.

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Who is eligible?

1) SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) which employ fewer than 250 persons and which have an annual turnover not exceeding EUR 50 million, and/or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding EUR 43 million.

2) Organisations based within the ENE project region (Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Rutland, South-Lincolnshire and Uttlesford District).

3) Organisations that have received less than £178,000 (€200,000) worth of publicly funded assistance (for example, support, grants or reliefs).

4) Organisations whose main business activity is not fisheries or aquaculture, agriculture or the processing of agricultural products, coal, steel, shipbuilding, synthetic fibres, banking, insurance, healthcare or school age education.

The ENE project is funded by the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. For more information visit