Professional Energy Purchasing Appointed to Help Move Towards a Low Carbon Economy

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North East Derbyshire District Council (NEDDC) is committed to the challenge of tackling climate change and reducing its carbon emissions to achieve the government target of Net Zero by 2050.

The Low Carbon Challenge Fund is one of several initiatives that has been rolled out across the region to help communities transition towards a low carbon economy.

This fund is specifically available to businesses within the Clay Cross Town Deal area, one of over 100 towns in England to receive the funding to help in its regeneration.

Clay Cross Town Deal Commercial Grant Funding

An allocation of £645,000 has been ring-fenced from the £24.1m Town Deal funding for the Clay Cross Low Carbon Challenge Fund to:

  • Support developers or enterprises to implement low carbon investments for existing businesses and new business workspace provision exceeding current standards/regulations; or 
  • Support developers and enterprises with more ambitious low carbon investment projects as exemplars/demonstrators that seek to achieve Net Zero.

Developers or enterprises operating from commercial premises (excluding home based businesses) within the Clay Cross Town Deal boundary can apply for grant funding to carry out low carbon initiatives:

  • Up to £10,000 per enterprise towards workspace energy efficiency investments
  • Up to £100,000 (or more by exception) for low carbon “high-impact” exemplar projects, defined as either innovative, multiple outcome or achieves elevated performance standards.

The team at Professional Energy Purchasing (PEP) were chosen to help businesses to investigate energy and carbon savings initiatives and complete the council’s grant application forms.

PEP’s energy advisors are also assisting with renewable investment solutions and creating detailed technical costed reports that are then submitted for funding consideration.

Investment can include:

  • Improved insulation, lighting, heating and controls
  • Efficient motors, compressors, equipment
  • Vehicle chargers
  • Renewable energy (PV panels, ASHPs, GSHPs etc
  • Resource efficiency
  • Waste reduction and recycling
  • Improved metering and low-cost Building Management Systems
  • Emerging technological solutions

PEP was chosen for the project because of the success of other government-led funded projects such the South Yorkshire Low Carbon Grant which demonstrated clear and tangible results.

Linda Spencer, PEP MD comments “We were thrilled to be selected for this project and to help NEDDC make a positive impact towards their climate targets in Clay Cross.

Our team always go the extra mile to help businesses understand the practicalities of how to reduce their carbon, consumption and costs which is based on tried and tested methods.”

Cllr Jayne Barry, North East Derbyshire District council portfolio holder for Growth and Assets comments “We work hard to support our businesses to help them thrive and grow whilst also helping them be equipped to reduce their carbon emissions.

“Supporting them to be more environmentally efficient is the purpose of this initiative and these grants will not only help them achieve this but ensure they are compliant and future proof in what is an exciting time for Clay Cross with the Town deal investments.”

Low Carbon Workshop for Clay Cross Businesses

To support the programme, PEP is hosting an event in partnership with NEDDC to promote the project and provide practical advice to businesses looking to cut energy consumption and save money.

The workshop runs from 8.30am to 12:00pm (noon) on Thursday 16 November at NEDDC Offices, 2013 Mill Lane, Wingerworth, S42 6NG.

Eligible businesses can book your free place on Eventbrite.

For more information about the Clay Cross Town Deal Low Carbon Challenge Fund visit the Low Carbon Challenge Fund page.

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