Greening Eden Businesses Scheme grants awards panel appointed

Greening Eden - a new initiative from Eden District Council and Cumbria Business Environment Network (CBEN) - has launched to help local businesses reduce their carbon footprint and help them save money at the same time.

Through the scheme, firms across Eden are able to measure their greenhouse gas emissions and, working alongside CBEN, identify opportunities for reduction.

Eden District Council has also announced a funding pot of £400,000 to help businesses with works that can help to achieve lower carbon emissions. Applications for grant funding of up to £10,000 per business, will be welcomed following assessment with CBEN. The grant rate will be around 50% of the total cost of investment for capital investments that deliver significant carbon reductions.

Help for Eden businesses wanting to go green is now one step closer: A grant panel has been assembled to help review and award applications for Greening Eden Businesses Grant Scheme.

The Scheme funded by Eden District Council is aimed at local businesses wishing to reduce their impact on the environment, offering them the opportunity to apply for a grant for capital investment projects that will significantly reduce their carbon footprint.

The grant panel is made up of five experts in sustainability work within local communities.

Councillor Mark Rudhall, Eden District Council's Green Growth Portfolio holder and Greening Eden Businesses Grant Panel Chair said: “I'm really proud that we have been able to develop a project that helps businesses in this way, and happy to be joined on a grant panel by people who are passionate about improving our environment in Eden. This is an ideal opportunity to give our businesses professional support, advice and the finance to achieve a reduction in carbon emissions.”

The Greening Eden Businesses programme is currently in its initial phase. The CBEN partnership, consultants working with local businesses on the scheme, are currently helping applicants record their carbon footprints. The results of these audits are used by CBEN to develop solutions that will help businesses reduce their carbon emissions.

Panellist Amy Bray founded charity Another Way in 2019 when she was just 16. Since then she has given talks to over 4,000 people from schools, community groups and at events and conferences around the country. In addition, she has developed educational resources for sustainable living with leading experts, including the 30 Steps to Another Way certifications, for individuals and businesses.

Amy said, “While reducing carbon emission from local businesses is the main aim of the project, it is also an opportunity to consider the whole functioning of businesses and their effects - from ethics, to biodiversity, equality and health, and make Eden an example of how making profit can work alongside the welfare of people and planet”.

Roe Baker is a panel member and project manager at Cumbria Action for Sustainability. She is currently working on an Electricity North West-funded project that supports communities map their area’s solar PV potential and supports residents and small businesses to take action to reduce their emissions. She is also involved in Fellfoot Forward, a 4-year landscape partnership scheme supporting low carbon delivery.

Emma Greenshaw, panellist and owner of local cut flower business, The Fellside Flower Company, uses her business to encourage people to grow, buy and appreciate British flowers to reduce their impact on the environment. She said “the Greening Eden scheme will be beneficial to businesses because it not only provides expert advice on what a business can do to improve its environmental performance, but also a welcome financial boost to help the business make the necessary changes. I'm glad to be involved and I hope I can bring a little of my experience in the environmental sector to support fellow businesses in Eden.”

The panel members are joined on the grant panel by Adrian Banford, Sustainability and Biodiversity Coordinator at Eden District Council. The panel are encouraging businesses to apply for grant funding following their assessment with CBEN. Grants will range from £1,000 to £10,000 per business, depending on the chosen solutions and at a grant rate of around 50% of the total cost of investment.

The project is being funded by Eden District Council as part of its ambitions for a net-zero, environmentally sustainable Eden and Cumbria.

More information and contact details for the Greening Eden businesses project can be found at cben.co.uk/greening-eden. You can register your interest in Greening Eden Businesses programme by emailing greeningeden@cben.co.uk.