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'Green' workshop well attended by town businesses.

LOCAL businesses in Charnwood attended a "green" workshop organised by Charnwood Borough Council and the Carbon Trust.

The Green Business Fund Workshop held at the Loughborough Town Hall on February 6 attracted more than 35 representatives from local companies in the manufacturing, engineering and transport sectors as well as charities and other organisations.

The workshop, run by the Carbon Trust, offered advice on reducing carbon emissions and energy consumption and applying for funding towards energy-efficient equipment. Coun Eric Vardy, lead member for planning, said: "I was pleased so many local businesses attended this workshop. Not only can reducing carbon emissions and energy consumption be good for the business but it's also good for the environment.

"I hope people were able to take away valuable information and put into practice some of the top tips on offer and in return help to reduce carbon emissions in Charnwood.

"We have committed to reducing our carbon footprint by 15 per cent by 2020 as we need to look after the environment today to protect it for future generations."

In 2015, the council set out a plan to cut its carbon footprint by 15 per cent by 2020 under its 2020 Carbon Pledge. The pledge sets out how the council will reduce its carbon footprint of 2,132 tonnes of CO2 a year by 320 tonnes.

For more information about the council's carbon pledge, please visit www.charnwood.gov.uk/2020_carbon_pledge

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| Pictured left to right: Sam Lloyd from the Carbon Trust, Maria French, sustainability officer at Charnwood Borough Council and Susan Fitzsimons from the Carbon Trust, at the green workshop held at Loughborough Town Hall.

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Publication:Loughborough Echo (Loughborough, England)
Date:Feb 27, 2019
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