Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

NEPICs Free Energy Advice Will Help Grow Your Business

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

NEPICs Free Energy Advice Will Help Grow Your Business

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WITTINGLY or unwittingly, energy efficiency and the reduction of greenhouse gases is very much part of our lives. However times are changing once more and it is no longer purely about saving money - it has the potential to make money too. Having systems and procedures in place to address the issue is one thing - but now Clients and prospective Clients want to see your 'green credentials' laid bare before they commit to purchasing your products or services.

Pre-empting such demands, Government set about developing programmes to encourage the up-take of energy audits by SMEs. NEPIC - the North East Process Industry Cluster - undertook the challenge and established the 'Grow Greener' project.

The project, which has a three year duration and is part-funded by ERDF, offers free support and guidance to North East SMEs looking to become more efficient. This takes the form of a site energy audit, followed by a report that is discussed in detail with the SME to help with implementation of improvements.

To date the project has engaged with 110 companies, identified savings of PS1.8 million and 5,400 CO2e. Of these, 30 companies have undergone accreditation and are now currently embracing the opportunities that this presents within the supply chain.

If your company is interested in developing a simple improvement programme that will enable you to not only save money but also clearly display your green credentials to prospective clients, contact our ENERGY expert Astley Fenwick directly at astley.fenwick@nepic.co.uk or telephone 01642 442 571.

TEES Components are a Saltburn-based heavy engineering firm employing 70 staff. The Grow Greener Project team was contacted by the company in May of this year to assist in-house staff with their energy efficiency programme.

Attracted to the project by the free, impartial advice on the ongoing projects they were planning but the NEPIC team were also able to provide a fresh pair of eyes in investigating the possibility of further energy saving opportunities. …

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