Climate Week business event (4-10 March)

1 Mar 2013 @ 9.47 am
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Issued by City of York Council

As part of third national Climate Week, which is Britain’s biggest climate change campaign, inspiring a new wave of action to create a sustainable future, City of York Council and Investors in the Environment are hosting an event to help businesses cut their costs and win business.

Two business events will be taking place on 5 March at the Mansion House:

The first session Opportunity Green: cut costs & win business takes place from 9.30-12.15 and is designed to help business understand the opportunities and financial savings they can make by using energy and water wisely, and reducing waste.

It will be full of practical information & tips to help businesses move forward, and will feature inspiring talks from Derek Jackson of Agfa Graphics, Emma Davies from Investors in the Environment, Stuart Oakes from Green Deal, industry specialists Stroma and Sue Lamb from York based Solarwall.

The second session Future Transport York: Cutting emissions & fleet costs will take place from 12:30-4pm, and will explore the latest innovations in alternative fuels and what they mean for businesses. This session will give advice on how to cut emissions and fleet costs, with insights in to the future of local transport.

Cllr Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Travel, Transport and Sustainability, said: “Many businesses can save substantial amounts of money by using energy, water and waste more efficiently. Overall, businesses in Yorkshire and Humber could save £553m by going green through low cost or cost-free resource efficient improvements.

“These events aim to help make businesses aware of other options that are available to them whilst also helping to tackle climate change emissions.”

Emma Davies, Co-ordinator at Investors in the Environment, said:

“It really does make sense for businesses to adopt a more sustainable way of operating – in terms of protecting the environment we live in and to save money by streamlining services and reducing waste.

“Our Investors in the Environment scheme helps businesses to become greener and leaner – whilst committing to excellence in sustainability and gaining recognition for doing so. It’s a one-stop-shop to cutting carbon and businesses are quick to see the resulting financial benefits come rolling in.”

York is committed to tackling climate change and aims to reduce carbon emission by 40% by 2020. Between 2005 and 2010 the city’s total carbon emissions from its homes, business and roads have fallen by 13%. Over Climate Week the council will be highlighting the work happening across the city to help tackle climate change and reduce emmisions.

The events are free to attend for businesses of any size in York. Those who attend either sessions; or the afternoon session only, will have lunch provided at no cost.

Anyone interesting in registering for the sessions can do this by contacting [email protected] or by calling 07500 55 44 55.

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