New scheme is carbon sense

Firms in Mirfield and Cleckheaton are among those who have cut their carbon emissions thanks to a Kirklees Council scheme.

The West Yorkshire Print Workshop in Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, got £1,000 towards replacing a 25yearold boiler.

Advance Welding, meanwhile, received £1,000 towards new energyefficient lights for workshops at their Taylor Street, Cleckheaton, premises.

The grants were funded by Kirklees Council, green energy contractor C02Sense and the EU’s regional development fund.

Cash was given across the 201112 financial year to ‘micro’ businesses for green energy schemes stretching to solar panels and wind turbines.

A ‘micro’ business is defined as one which employs fewer than 10 staff and has a turnover of less than £2m annually.

The scheme, which helped 72 such firms across Kirklees, was deemed such a success that it is being extended to ‘small’ businesses in 201213.

Kirklees is paying £60,000 towards this, with CO2Sense contributing the rest towards a £210,000 grant fund.

Payments of up £8,000 are available to companies with fewer than 50 staff for schemes that will eventually save them money.

The West Yorkshire Print Workshop’s energy bill has been cut by about £800 a year thanks to their new boiler.

About £430 has been saved so far by Advance Welding, who have also reduced their carbon emissions by nearly three tonnes a year.

Kirklees Council cabinet member for regeneration Coun Peter McBride said: “It helps the environment and saves companies money.

“The annual energy savings made by the participating businesses has totalled about £58,000 a year.”

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