The Northwest Climate Change Action Plan Newsletter: February 2011

Early March Date for Next Green Monday Event
The next Green Monday event will be held at Brother UK, located in Audenshaw, East Manchester, at 6pm on Monday March 7. Featuring Bruce Learner, Community Affairs and Social Responsibility Manager at Kellogg's, Wilmot Dixon Holdings' Head of Sustainable Development, George Martin, and Niall O'Shea, Head of Responsible Investing at Co-operative Asset Management, the event will focus on the importance of communicating your organisation's sustainability strategy to the wider world - the consumers, employees and investors you interact with on a daily basis.
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Register Your Free Place at the Energy Services Workshop in Merseyside
As part of the programme under the Climate Change Skills Fund, the Merseyside Advisory Service is set to host a regional workshop on energy services issues, including ESCos, which is being run under a national energy services programme managed in partnership by the Energy Savings Trust and Arup.
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The £185m North West Fund Goes Live!
The North West Fund is a new £185m evergreen fund for Northwest businesses, previously known as the Venture Capital and Loan Fund or VCLF, and is open and ready to receive applications.
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Offshore Wind Supply Chain Mapping Begins

Envirolink Northwest has begun mapping the offshore wind supply chain across the North of England. Thanks to funding from the Northern Way, Envirolink is developing and administering a database designed to capture information about those businesses currently servicing, and diversifying into, the offshore wind sector.To read more, please click here.

North West and North Wales Offshore Wind Supply Chain Event Opens for Registration
Further to Envirolink's work to map the North of England's offshore wind sector supply chain, the organisation will be hosting a related event on Tuesday 8th February at the Floral Pavillion in New Brighton, Merseyside, between 8.30am and 5pm.
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Climate Change Response Plans for Bowland
Natural England, Ribble Valley Borough Council and the Bowland AONB Unit are currently working with Atkins who have been contracted to produce two climate change adaptation response plans: one for the Bowland Fells and the other for the Bowland Fringe.
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Forest of Bowland Hydro Generation Feasibility Study
The Forest of Bowland AONB is conducting a feasibility study into the potential for micro hydro generation in the area, including all of the districts of Pendle, Lancaster and Ribble Valley.
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Microgeneration Strategy Consultation Gets Underway
Following a collaborative consultation process, the Government has published a consultation document on a Microgeneration Strategy. Covering England only, the document explores a range of barriers that have the potential to prevent the microgeneration sector from realising its full potential, summarising the issues, presenting the evidence and specific proposals, as well as seeking responses to a range of questions.
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Lancaster University's Leading on Sustainability

On Tuesday 1 March, Lancaster University's Management School is holding an event entitled Leadership and organisational change for sustainability which features speakers Chris Matthews, Head of Sustainability at United Utilities; Chief Executive of Carbon Leapfrog, Garry Charnock, and Janis Murphy, the Health, Safety and Environment manager at Aircelle Ltd, alongside group and plenary discussions. Running between 10am and 4pm, with coffee from 9.30am. All participants will be invited to join the virtual Leadership for Sustainability Learning Network for the North West.
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Become a Master in Leadership for Sustainability
Lancaster University's part time masters degree in Leadership for Sustainability is enrolling now for May 2011.
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Eco Innovation Programme Offers Free Eco-design Support

The Northwest Eco Innovation Programme provides a unique opportunity for eligible companies in the region to access specialist assistance in the fields of product development, innovation and sustainability, and experts in the use of tools such as Computer-Aided Design.
Delivered by C Tech Innovation and funded by the NWDA and the Northwest European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Northwest Eco-Innovation Programme will help hundreds of businesses exploit fresh market opportunities for more environmentally sound products and services.
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Make Your Lake District Holiday a Low Carbon One

A new project run by Nurture Lakeland and the Lake District National Park is set to study what needs to be done to make low-carbon tourism in the Lake District a reality. The Lake District has already set itself a carbon budget, to reduce emissions from travel, food and buildings, for example, and the project team is currently working with stakeholders in a small area of the central Lakes - Ambleside, Rydal, Grasmere and Langdale - to explore how businesses, local government and communities can work together to reduce carbon and increase the quality of visitors' stays.
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Northwest Eco Innovation Programme update
The North West Eco Innovation Programme, which is managed by Lancaster University and delivered in partnership with C-Tech Innovation Ltd, is open to small and medium sized businesses in the region, providing an opportunity to get ahead of the competition by exploiting the market for environmentally sound products and services.
Funded by the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Programme will help Northwest businesses, for example, design low or zero waste products; develop low carbon products, technology and services, or tap into opportunities to access wider supply chains by offering low carbon, low resource, low impact products and services.
Recently,the Programme has completed 13 student projects, courtesy of the Programme's graduate consultants. The consultants worked independently and provided their participating companies with bespoke reports.These companies range from up and coming manufacturers who are developing new environmental technologies, to specialist research and development consultancies, keen to change behaviours and current practices.
In many cases, it is envisaged that the work of the graduate consultants will build upon initial mentoring work undertaken by project managers at C-Tech Innovation, and aim to bring exciting and innovative new environmental products to market.Participating companies can also take advantage of additional services provided by Lancaster University's business support programmes, including the opportunity to have a graduate on placement within the company for up to six months, and the use of the Lancaster Product Development Unit's 'Sustainable Design, Rapid Manufacture and Virtual Prototyping' services. To find out whether your organisation is eligible, and for more information on improving your resource efficiency, contact C-Tech Innovation on 0800 107 8276.

Cheshire and Warrington's Carbon Management Programme aims for £90k in savings

The Cheshire and Warrington Public Sector's Carbon Management Programme aims to join together 24 public sector organisations and deliver savings through environmental management of energy, water, transport and waste.The participating organisations, including Local Authorities, Police, Fire and Rescue Service, Health agencies and Universities and Colleges, form three sub partnership groups: a steering group, The Colleges Sustainability Group and the NHS Sustainability Group
One of the sub-groups was responsible for the Eco-Reps Handbook, intended to support individual 'eco representatives' within partner organisations. The handbook focuses on promoting general awareness around sustainability, ensuring effective use of resource, monitoring and targeting progress, and encouraging colleagues to be more environmentally friendly at work.The handbook can be downloaded here:
Another sub-group worked on identifying planning training needs to help support more widespread installation of renewable energy. Other specific training includes Common Sustainable Procurement Policies, facilitating energy efficiency workshops and an assessment of adaptation of services to changes in the climate.The Carbon Management project is anticipating helping generate cashable savings of £90,000 over the coming nine months. For more information, please contact Peter Bulmer at Cheshire West and Chester Council via 01244 972427 or peter.bulmer[at]

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