New green business training scheme launched
Development agency One NorthEast has launched a new energy efficiency drive as part of a scheme geared towards helping businesses cope with rising energy costs.
The firm's North East Productivity Alliance (Nepa) has begun advising firms on the importance of green supply chains.
Having worked with over 300 companies in the past four years, Nepa has built up a wealth of experience in lowering business carbon footprints and it aims to put this to use in its Energy Resource Efficiency (ERE) project.
The £5 million ERE scheme will see a team of specialist engineers helping firms draw up energy action and carry out analyses of their current consumption levels.
One of the firm's clients, Geka Manufacturing, said that the training was effective as helping staff acquire the knowledge and skills necessary required to effectively tackle excess energy usage.
"As a result of working with the ERE programme, we have saved 20 per cent on our energy bills and reduced our carbon emissions dramatically, while supporting training and development of the people, in line with our strategy," commented Raymond Oliver, managing director of Geka.
Article Date: 20 March 2008
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