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UCLan Launches MACAW: A New Project to Reduce the County’s Carbon Footprint

The new Making Carbon Work (MaCaW) project was recently launched at a sold out event at the University’s Media Factory. The event saw a wide range of Lancashire small or medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and business intermediaries hear about the plans for the project which is being managed by the Centre for Waste Management.

The Making Carbon Work (MaCaW) project is an industry and academic collaboration and is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and supported by Boost; Lancashire’s business growth hub.

The project will help businesses to identify opportunities to improve energy performance, reduce energy wastage and identify potential areas where low carbon technology can be installed to reduce CO2 emissions. 

The process comprises four stages involving workshops to explore ideas and initiatives, site visits, energy audits and the creation and implementation of an action plan.

For eligible SMEs, a 50 percent match funded grant up to the value of £8,000 for the purchase of low carbon technology is also available.

Mark Nelson, Business Engagement Officer at MaCaW, said: “By working together, Lancashire SMEs can have a significant impact on the region’s carbon footprint. The project aims to engage organisations in implementing low energy practices and processes to reduce their carbon burden, as well as making significant cost savings. I’d encourage people to come along and see how the project could benefit them.”

For more details about the event or project, contact macaw@uclan.ac.uk or 01772 895970.

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