Businesses being green and waste

Commercial recycling and waste

Harlow Council is committed to providing a clean, green, healthy and safe environment. In line with this corporate priority, Harlow Council will be working hard to prevent fly-tipping and to ensure that business waste is disposed of lawfully.

Low Carbon Across the South East (LoCASE) funds

Low Carbon Across the South East (LoCASE) is an EU funded project set up to help businesses tackle and adapt to climate change. They aim to reduce costs by cutting emissions and to promote the opportunities of the low carbon market.

The LoCASE project offers match funded grant support. This is to help spread the expense of the hardware or any energy efficiency measures identified.  Additionally LoCASE looks to help businesses in the low carbon sector grow. Funds of between £1,000 and £10,000 are offered to assist with the up-grade and installation of, for example LED (light-emanating diode) lighting, more productive assets, up-grades to buildings, or indeed any measure identified by their energy auditors as cost saving. For business in the low carbon industry grants would be offered for new equipment or machinery, research and development processes, marketing processes (for example website development) and finally any consulting fees incurred that advance the business.

The project is available to those businesses based in South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) region.

Businesses being green

Harlow Council recognises the importance of reducing energy usage in both its own operations and across the district. We are continually working towards reducing our own carbon footprint and encourage residents and local businesses to do the same.

Adapting your business to climate change will ultimately affect its profitability and reputation. Taking early action saves costly remedial action at a later date. You might also want to think about new business opportunities for products and services that help people adapt to the changing climatic conditions.

Top tips

Some simple money saving and efficiency improvements that you can implement.

  • Turn down your office thermostat - every 1ºC reduction could save you 8-10% off your heating bill. Install timer switches for equipment not required overnight or at weekends.
  • Ensure you are heating to no more than 19ºC and A/C cooling to no lower than 24ºC and set on/off times to match staff occupancy.
  • Run a switch-off campaign to turn equipment off when not in use and overnight - don’t leave on standby (monitors, PCs, photocopiers, printers, lighting and any equipment with a motor or fan).
  • Switch to energy efficient light bulbs. Replacing a 100W tungsten with a 20W energy saving bulb will save over £60 over its 8 year life in purchase and running costs.
  • Service boilers every year to ensure they are working efficiently and install optimum start controls. These ensure your heating system adjusts automatically to reflect the outside temperature and when staff are in the building - no more cold Monday mornings or too hot afternoons in the office.
  • Look for energy efficient equipment when purchasing new items - although it can have a higher purchase price, the lifetime running costs will be cheaper.
  • Replace your old boiler with a new energy efficient condensing boiler. Installing a condensing boiler can save over 10% of your energy usage.
  • When buying a new car consider its fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions and consider switching to a hybrid/electric car or one powered by bio fuels.

Benefits

Climate change presents opportunities, as well as risks. There are a number of opportunities for businesses to benefit from by planning in adaptions to climate change.

Financial

Taking energy reduction action will cut costs, bringing savings straight to the bottom line. Investors are also interested in the environmental and social performance of businesses.

Buildings that are properly protected from climate change risks, not just from flooding and that are well designed will find it easier to attract investment, sell or let, and at a higher price. Running costs will also be less and the future asset value higher.

Meeting staff and customer needs

Ensuring the comfort of your staff and customers by implementing environmental improvements to your business buildings will support efficiency and productivity. Working for an environmentally responsible company is known to be a positive factor in supporting staff motivation and retention.

Market differentiation

Your businesses commitment to climate change and wider corporate social responsibility credentials will give a competitive edge. Consumers are increasingly influenced by this when choosing services and providers.

Adapting to climate change

Climate change in the years to come will be determined by the emissions we allow now and that is where there is real opportunity to reduce emissions and costs through focused energy management. Businesses have a significant role to play as we move towards a low carbon economy.

Harlow Carbon Consortium

The Harlow Carbon Consortium is the umbrella under which Harlow Council seeks to interact with representatives from local businesses and the public sector who have an interest in cutting carbon within their organisation and across Harlow. The purpose of the consortium is to:

  • Share ideas, experience and challenges concerning carbon reduction.
  • Learn from each other and assist each other to implement good practice.
  • Record examples of specific projects and funding streams to create practical case studies to be referenced by Consortium members.
  • Provide a forum to identify and deliver tangible carbon cutting projects both individually and as a group.

The following case studies about businesses that have had success going green:

More information

The following organisations may be able to offer information on making your business green.

  • Carbon Trust
    Offers a wide range of free support and advice services to businesses including a wealth of energy and carbon management guides. Up to £10,000* available to SMEs to help buy energy efficient equipment. *subject to criteria; terms and conditions apply
  • Enchanced Capital Allowance Scheme - Energy and Water Technology List
    Details equipment that has proven efficiency savings and can be written off 100% against corporation tax in the year of purchase.
  • Energy Saving Trust
    The Energy Saving Trust is a non-profit organisation, providing impartial information. In particular, it provides information on, relating energy saving actions to benefits at home to help support staff programmes and home workers, renewable energy technologies, business green fleets and the government’s low carbon building scheme.
  • Environment Agency
    Lead public body for protecting and improving the environment in England and Wales and environmental legislation regulator.
  • NISP: East of England
    NISP East of England has been active since October 2005 and is working with a diverse range of businesses across the counties of Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Hertfordshire.
  • UK Climate Impacts Programme
    Helps organisations assess how they might be affected by climate change, so they can prepare for its impact. The UKCIP 09 work provides detailed local information on projections of future climate change, with probabilities.
  • Wrap
    WRAP's mission is to accelerate resource efficiency by creating stable and efficient markets for recycled materials and products working with businesses and individuals to help them reap the benefits of reducing waste.