Green grants scheme BEE Anglia identifies £2m worth of savings for Suffolk and Norfolk businesses

From left, June Davenport, William Kendall, Councillor Matthew Hicks, Nigel Griffiths, deputy estat

From left, June Davenport, William Kendall, Councillor Matthew Hicks, Nigel Griffiths, deputy estate manager at the Royal Hospital School, and BEE Anglia marketing officer Caroline Gould at BEE Anglia's Suffolk launch. - Credit: Archant

A green grants scheme for business launched last year has identified £2m worth of savings for Suffolk and Norfolk businesses to date, it says.

The BEE Anglia project was launched in 2016 after European Union funding was approved just in the nick of time. Its aim is to enable Norfolk and Suffolk firms grow sustainably while cutting their energy costs.

By the end of May this year, the project had reviewed 320 organisations and identified cost savings of £2,096,351, equating to an average of £6,551 per business. This amounted to carbon savings of 21,557t overall, or an average of 67t per business - the equivalent of 6,407 flights from London to Sydney.

The project has awarded £93,975 in grant funding for various energy efficiency projects including radiant heating, vehicle tracking, wood burners and lighting. These grants have contributed to energy efficiency projects worth a total of £344,000, it said.