Low carbon ‘champions’ start work

THE first intake of nine new “Low Carbon Champions” have begun a three-month mentoring programme to learn how they can take effective steps to help their employers to reduce their carbon footprint and save money.

Low Carbon Champions is an innovative carbon reduction programme being run by the Green Light Trust, based at Lawshall, near Bury St Edmunds, on behalf of Suffolk County Council with part-funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

The project is also supported by development agency Choose Suffolk and Suffolk Chamber of Commerce.

Each of the businesses and organisations represented on the initial course has selected a Low Carbon Champion who will receive up to 30 hours of mentoring, designed to equip them with the skills they need to develop and deliver a carbon reduction programme tailored to the needs of their organisation.

The three-year project aims to support a total of 63 small and medium sizes businesses and 12 social enterprises across the county.

The first group of organisations taking part includes Broadland Holiday Village at Oulton Broad, Hadeligh-based contract chemical manufacturer Primo, Ipswich call centre business Ansaback and community charity Suffolk Acre.