Climate change and energy advice for farms and rural businesses
Between 2011 and 2013 the Cotswolds Conservation Board, with support from the National Grid, helped to promote and deliver a wide range of resource management and renewable energy activities.
How did the service work?
The Climate Change Advisor visited business to:
- Improve awareness and understanding of resource management and renewable energy business opportunities
- Assess energy/ resource use, and undertake a carbon audit action plan
- Provide intensive 1-1 support to reduce business risks, costs, carbon emissions and environmental impact
- Provide up to date advice on the latest funding initiatives and investment opportunities
- Business action planning, project management, grant funding and bid writing
Click here to view a presentation on climate change and farming.
What benefits did this service bring to Cotswold businesses?
The carbon audit and action plan is specifically tailored to a business. If implemented effectively it could help:
- Reduce energy use through low cost measures which will save you money
- Improve energy efficiency by investing in improvements with a defined payback
- Improve business practices to become more resource efficient - reducing energy, waste, water, and carbon emissions
- Invest in renewable energy generation and bio-fuel projects to cut carbon emissions
- Become more climate resilient and help meet customer and supply chain requirements
Click here to view a case study on Daylesford Organic Farm which has recently completed a programme of micro-renewable energy investment.
Click here to view a case study on how Great Larkhill Farm at Long Newton is leading the way in renewable energy.
Click here to view a small scale biomass case study at Old Farm, Dorn, Moreton-in-Marsh.
Click here to view a case study on wood-fuel at Dowdeswell Forestry.
The programme is curently closed.
For details of other potential grant aid funding which can have climate change energy efficiency ‘mitigation’ and land management ‘adaptation’ benefits, go to: http://rdpenetwork.defra.gov.uk/funding-sources or www.wrap.org.uk/content/rural-community-energy-fund.