A New Landscape for Low Carbon Collaboration

Published: 9 January 2011 at 13:59

Anglia Ruskin hosts free events to explain options and detail funding available

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Anglia Ruskin University is joining two other universities in the East of England to run a low carbon innovation project, with a combination of East of England Development Agency and European Regional Development funds. This project was supported by the East of England Development Agency.

The green-thinking university is staging a series of FREE events for small business owners,

at the end of  March 2011, highlighting opportunities for investment into low carbon goods, services and actions.

The InCrops Project, Low Carbon Innovation Fund and the Low Carbon KEEP Programme are joining forces to run these breakfast events on 18 March in Cambridge, 22 March in Watford and 24 March in Norwich.  Each event will provide detail on the funds available and offer a chance to network directly with those implementing the opportunities described.

Businesses based in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire or Essex employing 250 people or less qualify for the free attendance at the events. 
The move towards a low carbon economy is creating new challenges and opportunities for businesses.  A combination of rising energy prices, tighter legislation and consumer demand are leading many organisations to look at the carbon performance of their businesses.  How companies respond to this challenge will become increasingly important in a very competitive marketplace.

In spite of recent cuts in government expenditure there are still opportunities for small companies in the East of England to access financial support for their low carbon research and development activities in the form of Low Carbon KEEP projects.  Funding is available to enable small businesses to access the knowledge and expertise in the region’s universities using support tailored to their innovation needs.

Low Carbon KEEP Programme Co-ordinator at Anglia Ruskin University, Maria Fuchs, explains the benefit to local businesses:

‘The three participating projects represent some of the most prestigious centres for knowledge and innovation in the eastern region and this is a unique opportunity for smaller businesses to access a wide range of expertise and assistance in a single event.’

Funding from the project could be used by small businesses to:

  • Streamline the manufacturing process, saving cost and carbon
  • Improve the carbon performance of existing products allowing businesses to gain competitive advantage and potentially open new market opportunities
  • Gain the accreditation required to demonstrate the carbon performance of a company’s products
  • Carry out carbon footprinting audits of a business process, identifying where savings can be made to reduce costs and improve a  bottom line

The Low Carbon Innovation Fund is a significant regional venture capital fund for companies seeking equity investment. The InCrops Enterprise Hub is specially designed to stimulate the economy in the area of green innovation and green technology development. The Low Carbon KEEP Programme is a specialist stream of knowledge transfer funding available to explore ideas which reduce the customers’ carbon footprint, looking at the carbon-impact of your supply chain or carbon (and money) saving ideas within your own business.

For further information telephone 0845 196 4310 or email lowcarbon@anglia.ac.uk

Anglia Ruskin University was awarded the Carbon Trust Standard in April 2010 after taking action on climate change by measuring and reducing its carbon footprint by 6% in absolute terms (based on emissions from energy, water and waste). The University saved 580 tonnes of C02e over a two year period.

Anglia Ruskin has taken some significant steps to improve the energy efficiency of its sites in both Chelmsford and Cambridge. Through an ambitious re-development programme it is replacing its older less efficient building stock with more efficient buildings.