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The ENE project has received funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. 

 

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Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) – private and social enterprise

As an ERDF part-funded project the key focus of support in Eastern New Energy (ENE) is with Small and Medium enterprises. If you qualify as an SME – whether private or social enterprise - we can help you in a variety of ways including:

    Energy users
  • Impartial energy efficiency, generation and storage advice
  • Undertaking an energy/carbon review and preparing an implementation plan for your organisation
  • Planning and implementing energy efficiency, generation and storage investments
  • Grant funding
  • Identifying the key barriers to decarbonising your organisation and setting pathway towards “net zero carbon” performance
  • Linking you up with complementary businesses/organisations who you can collaborate and work with
    Innovators/suppliers of low carbon products and services
  • Developing, setting up (company) and commercialising your low carbon products, technologies and services
  • Understanding and identifying business opportunities for your business in low carbon growth market sectors
  • Finding finance and specialist support in the early development stages
  • Finding and meeting new customers (and retaining existing ones) as low carbon considerations become increasingly important to them
  • Finding complementary businesses who you can collaborate/work with

Eastern New Energy can help you

All of the support services and workshops we provide in the ENE project are free of charge because our job is to help you succeed, create jobs and grow the local, low carbon economy across the East of England.

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Building and construction industry – builders, contractors, developers, specialist trades, product/technology suppliers, professional services, etc

Together building and construction are responsible for almost 40% of all carbon emissions in the UK, and worldwide. 28% is from “operational emissions” (energy used to heat, cool and light buildings); and a further 11% is from “embodied carbon emissions” associated with upfront materials and construction processes. (Source: Green Building Council)

This creates both enormous challenges as well as business opportunities for the industry. Energy and building clients and users are becoming increasingly interested in climate change and low carbon solutions.

Eastern New Energy can help you

    As part of the Eastern New Energy (ENE) project we can help you to tackle these challenges and exploit the opportunities in many ways, including:
  • Review, improve and verify the “operational carbon” performance of your design, construction, retrofit and maintenance processes and services
  • Review, improve and verify the “embodied carbon” performance of the products and materials you use
  • Develop and build new, or retrofit existing, homes and commercial buildings to low/zero carbon standards – at affordable cost
  • Adopt modern methods of construction (MMC) and participate in local MMC supply chains as a product, technology or service supplier
  • Understand and identify business opportunities for your business in low carbon growth market sectors
  • Find lower cost finance for development, building and retrofit projects where strict low carbon and environmental standards are required
  • Meet and collaborate with potential building clients who wish to achieve low/zero carbon performance and make use of MMC suppliers
  • Find complementary businesses who you can collaborate/work with on low carbon solutions and opportunities

All of the support services and workshops we provide in the ENE project are free of charge because our job is to help you succeed, create jobs and grow the local, low carbon economy across the East of England.

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Vehicle Fleet operators

Eastern New Energy delivery partner Energy Saving Trust is the UK’s leading independent organisation for helping private and public sector vehicle fleet operators with decarbonising their transport operations. Energy Saving Trust can survey your vehicle fleet and help identify ways to reduce vehicle energy consumption and emissions, accelerate your transition to electric and other low carbon fuel vehicles, and get a full understanding of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/business/transport/advice-on-large-fleet/

For further information, please contact nick.harvey@est.org.uk

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Local Authorities and other public sector

Around 230 local councils in the UK have declared a climate emergency and by so doing they have acknowledged that they need to act on the causes and impacts of climate change. Universities, NHS Trusts and other public sector organisations are also joining the network https://www.climateemergency.uk/blog/list-of-councils/

These organisations are taking action to reduce their own carbon emissions and working with partners and local communities to tackle the impact of climate change on their local area.

Whether you have already declared a climate emergency or are contemplating doing so, Eastern New Energy (ENE) has a team of low carbon and climate specialists who can assist you with advice and support (free of charge) to work through the key tasks and priorities on this journey.

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Eastern New Energy can help

We are able to assist you with a range of low carbon/climate action tasks in your local area including:

 

  • Climate emergency planning
  • Preparing and implementing Net Zero action plans
  • Coordinating energy/low carbon actions within and across Council areas
  • Business development support for SMEs (private and social enterprises) and local supply chains
  • Support for SME energy users to implement low carbon actions – energy efficiency, renewable energy generation and storage
  • Support for innovators/developers of low carbon products and services
  • Facilitating and supporting the development and delivery of truly affordable zero carbon housing (public and private newbuild)
  • Facilitating and supporting low carbon retrofit of existing housing and other buildings (public and private)
  • Grant funding support for SMEs in your local area for low carbon investments>

As part of the Eastern New Energy (ENE) project we have a team of low carbon and climate action specialists who can help you and your local communities and businesses (free of charge) to tackle these and other tasks. For more information please contact ene@uel.ac.uk

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Parish and Town Councils

The Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Act 2006 gave parish and town councils specific powers in relation to local energy saving measures which can help reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. Parish and town councils can play an important local role and be a force for change, by promoting and supporting community initiatives to reduce emissions.

These are just some examples of actions you can take in your local area:

  • Declare a climate emergency
  • Prepare a local climate/net zero action plan
  • Prepare biodiversity / tree planting action plans
  • Encourage the formation of local Climate Action groups
  • Lead by example, as individuals and collectively as the council, and encourage other local residents to be more energy efficient, generate and use more renewable energy
  • Prepare simple guides to inform local residents of the practical energy efficiency and other decarbonisation actions they can take
  • Actively support planning applications for renewable energy
  • Bring together groups of people for bulk purchasing of energy audits, renewable energy supply, and renewable/energy efficiency technology installations in local homes and other buildings
  • Use and promote low carbon modes of transport and travel
  • Minimise waste going to landfill or incineration
  • Use Neighbourhood Plans to require new homes to be zero-carbon, affordable, nature friendly and located close to public transport and amenities
  • Use Neighbourhood Plans to designate areas for trees, renewable energy and nature restoration

Eastern New Energy can help

As part of the Eastern New Energy (ENE) project we have a team of low carbon and climate action specialists who can help you and your local communities and businesses (free of charge) to tackle these and other tasks.

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Community groups / organisations

If you are a community organisation based in the East of England and want help with promoting and implementing low carbon actions in your local area, Eastern New Energy is here to help.

You may already be a formally constituted community organisation or social enterprise, or an informal community group wishing to take more practical action in your area.

Community-led responses have the potential to contribute significantly to reducing CO2 emissions – from the smallest rural communities to large urban centres. There are already good examples of this in the East of England but there is still massive potential for more.

However we know communities face significant barriers and challenges when taking a lead in defining and delivering climate change actions. These include a lack of resources to turn ideas into action and also the inherent complexity of delivering low carbon solutions.

Eastern New Energy can help

As part of the Eastern New Energy (ENE) project we have a team of low carbon and climate action specialists who can help you and your community (free of charge) to tackle these challenges.

    Here are just some examples of where we can help – and just ask if you have others in mind.
  • Prepare a draft local action plan and consult widely with local residents
  • Prepare simple guides to inform local residents of the practical actions they can take in and around their homes - including energy efficiency, renewable energy generation, low carbon modes of transport and travel, minimise waste to landfill
  • Promote and support low carbon retrofit of existing homes and community buildings in your area
  • Bring together groups of people for bulk purchasing of energy audits, renewable energy supply, and renewable/energy efficiency technology installations in local homes and other buildings
  • Actively support planning applications and Neighbourhood Plans for appropriate new renewable energy and affordable low carbon housing in the area
  • Plan, develop, finance and deliver community-led renewable energy, and zero carbon/affordable housing projects in your area
  • Find lower cost finance for community-led renewable energy projects ; and new building and retrofit projects where strict low carbon and environmental standards are required
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Householders

How Eastern New Energy can help you

As part of the Eastern New Energy project we have a specific target to support and improve the energy consumption of at least 40 homes. The initial target area for this is Cambridgeshire but it may be extended to other areas.

RetrofitWorks is a multi-stakeholder cooperative (social enterprise) who help homeowners to start retrofitting their homes. They are our specialist low carbon housing retrofit partner in the ENE project. www.retrofitworks.co.uk

RetrofitWorks believes that every home needs a plan on how to decarbonise it so that homeowners can plan ahead and know what investment it will take to make their home Net Zero. A RetrofitWorks approved Retrofit Coordinator is a key part of creating a plan specific to the uniqueness of your home, and they also ensure quality control during the installation process completed by a local, approved contractor.

If you would like to know more about how Eastern New Energy / RetrofitWorks can specifically help you please contact soren.nellegaard@retrofitworks.co.uk or ene@uel.ac.uk

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