Funding available for businesses to switch to low carbon

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Small businesses in and around Rotherham will soon benefit from a new Low Carbon Business Support Project, which will offer help in identifying, funding, and implementing measures to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions.

The project will be delivered to businesses in South Yorkshire and is part funded by the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

Running until June 2023, the £2.3m funding will provide support to over 250 Small and Medium-sized enterprises to help them understand the opportunities available to reduce their carbon footprint. The project aims to create a Reduction in Greenhouse Gases (GHG) equivalent to 450 tonnes of CO2, as well as increase long-term profitability for businesses.

Businesses will have access to free energy audits to identify potential energy saving improvements such as low-energy lighting systems or improvements to heating, 1-1 support from specialist business advisors and low-carbon grants to part fund the improvements.

As part of the support package available, business advisors will provide comprehensive advice on schemes available to help SMEs implement their chosen measures, and a review will be carried out after changes have been implemented to verify the businesses’ carbon reduction.

Businesses in Rotherham can find out more about the Low Carbon Business Support Project by contacting Rotherham Investment & Development Office (RiDO) on 01709 254444 or info@rido.org.uk

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