Savings from BEE Anglia energy efficiency initiative top £3m

Matthew Hicks of Suffolk County Council with guests at the Suffolk launch of Bee Anglia.

Matthew Hicks of Suffolk County Council with guests at the Suffolk launch of Bee Anglia. - Credit: Archant

An initiative to help businesses in Suffolk and Norfolk improve their energy efficiency has now identified cost savings of more than £3m.

Business Energy Efficiency Anglia (BEE Anglia) has now carried out reviews for 513 organisations, identifying savings averaging £6,335 per business or nearly £3.25m in total.

This represents an average carbon saving of around 52tonnes per business or nearly 27,000t in total ? equivalent to taking around 17,700 new cars off the road a year.

BEE Anglia is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is being delivered across the region through a partnership between Suffolk and Norfolk county councils, Groundwork and NWES.

Matthew Hicks, Suffolk County Council cabinet member for environment and public protection, said: “This is a great milestone, and shows the significant potential for financial savings that can be unlocked when businesses have access to independent expert advice.


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“We look forward to working with more businesses across Suffolk and Norfolk to help them thrive in a sustainable manner.”

Among the businesses helped by BEE Anglia is Plinth Medical, the medical couch manufacturer now based at Occold, near Eye.

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“Our new site needed a complete renovation,” said managing director Niall Dyer. “BEE Anglia were extremely helpful with energy saving advice and recommending grant funding for LED Lighting. We’ve seen a significant difference in quality of light and expect to see a substantial reduction in our running costs.”

As well as identifying huge cost savings, BEE Anglia has also so far awarded £184,737 in grant support for energy efficiency projects, including radiant heating, vehicle tracking, wood burners and lighting. These grants have contributed to energy efficiency projects worth a total of £660,000.

And the scope for grant funding has been widened to enable any energy efficiency measure to be considered, with approval being based the ability to demonstrate sufficient associated energy savings.

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