Barriers to growth in ‘green’ economy must be overcome

Iain Dunnett, low carbon development manager at Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, highlights the importance of next month’s Green Economy Conference in East Anglia

THE Suffolk Carbon Charter will be a key part of a conference on March 1 celebrating how Suffolk and Norfolk are leading the Green Economy.

The charter has been developed in Suffolk and is used by many small businesses to highlight their environmental credentials to clients and customers alike.

Over the last four years the environmental and regeneration charity Groundwork East of England has successfully developed the Carbon Charter in partnership with the Suffolk Climate Change Partnership, the Answer Project, the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce the Environment Agency and other organisations.

The charter has gone from strength to strength encouraging large corporates and small businesses across Suffolk to cut their carbon, improve resource efficiency and deliver cost savings. The charter enables businesses to receive a resource efficiency audit and a bronze, silver and gold rating for their energy management.

There are now over 60 businesses in Suffolk that have received the Carbon Charter and this continues to grow. Businesses that have achieved the Charter include Specflue, the Moorish Lounge, White Space, Gotelee, Active Web Solutions, Alde Garden and the Marybelle Dairy.

The Green Economy Conference on March 1 at Dunston Hall will celebrate many of these businesses and the Carbon Charter will be part of the best practice on show at the conference.

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The conference will feature many businesses that demonstrate a cutting edge approach to the green economy and will help to establish the “Green Economy Brand” as a unique selling point for Norfolk and Suffolk. The conference will cover three main areas:

Energy, incorporating off grid energy developments, nuclear, and offshore renewable energy;

Low Carbon Innovation and Finance incorporating energy and resource efficiency;

Natural Capital incorporating landscape, tourism, local food and wildlife.

The exciting best practice and ambitions on show at the conference will be presented to the Government in a manifesto that reflects a leading role in the Green Economy for Norfolk and Suffolk and will set out the barriers that need addressing to ensure this work grows and develops in years ahead.

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce is committed to providing a lead coordination role for this work on the Green Economy on behalf of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership.

The chamber is supporting Mark Pendlington, the Group Director of Corporate Affairs at Anglian Water who is leading this initiative on the Green Economy.

If you a business interested in the Charter you can contact Anna. If you are a business developing in the Green Economy please contact .