Saving energy: Council asks businesses and community groups to drop-in session

Calderdale Council’s Green Economy Review Group invites businesses and community groups to a drop-in session to talk about their views on saving energy in Calderdale.

The drop in session is at Halifax Town Hall on Wednesday, December 4 between 10am and 1pm

Cllr Scott Benton, Chair of Calderdale Council’s Economy and Environment Scrutiny Panel  said that businesses and community groups’ views on energy saving will feed in valuable information to help plan for the future.

If you can’t make the drop-in session, you can email a written submission to Paul Preston, Scrutiny Support Officer: ,or send it by post to the Scrutiny Support Office, Room 10, Halifax Town Hall, Crossley Street, Halifax, HX1 1UJ.”

For info about this event, contact Councillor Jenny Lynn, co-chair of the Review Group on 07801 275674.

To say you’re coming to the drop-in session, contact Paul Preston on 01422 393250.

Energy saving costs money – report calls for government to help businesses

A  new report,Building Efficiency: Reducing Energy Demand in the Commercial Sector , has found that small and medium businesses reckon that rising energy costs are one of their biggest problems, but “a lack of available upfront capital” is stopping them from investing in energy saving measures, like insulation.

The report also identified many other barriers to taking  energy saving measures, and makes several recommendations about what the government can do to help small and medium businesses to save energy.

The report follows a six-month, cross-party inquiry chaired by Conservative MP Oliver Colvile and Labour’s Lord Whitty.

Oliver Colvile MP said:

“The need to increase the resilience of our businesses against the threat of climate change, and energy price volatility could not be greater. The obvious cost savings, coupled with improved productivity that can be realised from energy efficiency, makes it quite clear that now is the time to invest on a large scale. To do that requires government intervention – to raise awareness, guarantee low cost loans, stimulate the market and incentivise the landlords. This report lays out clearly how that can be achieved quickly and cost effectively.”

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