Environmental Business Pledge will help cut emissions

Nick Worsnop and Chris Bingham
Nick Worsnop and Chris Bingham
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Companies are being encouraged to sign-up for the Environmental Business Pledge.

It is driven by Calderdale Council backed by a panel of volunteers and forms part of the district’s efforts to reduce emissions of CO2 by 40 per cent by 2020 from a 2005 baseline.

The scheme was outlined at the latest Business for Calderdale event held at Craggs Energy Ltd, Cragg Vale.

Panel member Adam Luqmani, energy and renewables research engineer at Interface, Shelf - a leading green company.

“It makes real business sense to green your business,” he said.

“At Interface it has paid for all our initiatives and all kinds of ways businesses use energy can be reviewed.”

Joining the pledge is free as is expert advice which can include drafting an environmental policy.

Jez Tweed, of Calderdale Council, said the pledge is open to all organisations and the council wants as many as possible to join to improve the environment, save money and free membership to the Calderdale Carbon Club.

Joining gives organisations the opportunity to gain Bronze, Silver and Gold awards which can be used to highlight green credentials to customers and suppliers.

The 2020 target is line with national objectives and part way to the aim of achieving an 80 per cent reduction by 2050.

BfC members also toured the 60,000 sq ft premises of Craggs Energy which is being developed for varied business and storage use.

Managing director Chris Bingham said the first tenant was Craggs Energy itself when it was formed 18 months ago and it has quickly become a success story.

It is a fuel distribution company has already expanded into Lancashire, with further depots planned for Sheffield and Kirkby Lonsdale.

“I thought we might have 200 to 300 customers but we have close to 3,000 just 18 months later,” he said.

“I see a lot of energy going into new businesses and we should celebrate that.”