MAking CArbon Work (MaCaW) for Lancashire Research Project



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Project MaCaW is an academic/industry collaboration designed to assist Lancashire SME’s to overcome the challenges and barriers in moving towards a low carbon economic model.

This project aims to engage Lancashire SME’s, in implementing low energy practices and processes to reduce their carbon burden as well as making cost savings to their organisation.

Read about our successful launch event.

Expertise and Subject area

The Centre for Waste and Resource Management

The Centre for Waste and Resource Management at UCLan has expertise and access to low carbon technologies through research in the areas of resource optimisation, carbon footprint reduction, waste minimisation, life cycle assessment and energy efficiency. The Centre also has access to leading academics in multiple disciplines across the University who will support the SMEs in the adoption and valuation of new and innovative low carbon goods.

MaCaW will help SME’s across Lancashire to identify opportunities to improve their organisations energy performance, reduce energy wastage and obtain related economic and environmental benefits. The project will promote partnership and cooperative working.

The MaCaW project will work with SMEs across sectors to identify and prioritize these opportunities. This will be achieved through implementation of energy efficiency measures (energy plans), investment in low carbon technology and diversification of resources into low carbon goods. Integrating Life Cycle Thinking (LCT) with the Green House Gas Protocol we will assist organisations manage and report their emissions effectively. This will assist Lancashire to reduce its overall carbon emissions and contribute to the UK carbon target.

Qualifying SMEs can also benefit through the provision of a match funded equipment grant (50% matched) up to the value of £15k. This is for any equipment which can demonstrate a reduction in the carbon footprint of the SME.

Project Lead/Contact

Dr Karl Williams

Project Staff

David Richardson – Project Manager
Mark Nelson – Business Engagement Officer
Peter Burn – Business Engagement Support Officer
Nilima Naik – Project Administrator


European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

Further information about the project

Find out more by contacting The Centre for Waste and Resource Management at UCLan


Telephone:  01772 893963



2017 - 2020


The MaCaW project will:

  • Increase energy efficiency within SME organisations and thereby reduce CO2e emissions
  • Identify potential areas where low carbon technology can be installed to reduce CO2e emissions
  • Identify opportunities for product diversification into low carbon products
  • Support re-engineering of productive processes reducing carbon burden
  • Reduce Lancashire SMEs’ carbon footprint