Hundreds of local businesses realise benefits of reducing carbon emissions – and you can join them


Suffolk businesses are invited to attend an event celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Suffolk Carbon Charter.

The Carbon Charter is an award organised by the Suffolk Climate Change Partnership to recognise carbon reduction measures in Suffolk's small and medium businesses. Businesses working towards the award receive a full site visit and review by a qualified assessor.

By working towards a Carbon Charter award, businesses will likely save money on their energy costs and be in a better position to attract new customers due to their environmental sustainability.

Peter Frost, Environment Strategy Officer at Suffolk County Council, said:

“To date, over 500 Charters have been awarded to companies from Suffolk and beyond, some of which will be at the event to share their experiences. They range from small businesses with a just a handful of staff, to large nationally recognised organisations.

“Working towards a Carbon Charter award is often a real eye-opener for businesses. It can unlock so much potential, bring staff together and save money. But most importantly, businesses are now recognising their responsibility to reduce their impact on the environment.”

Stephany Hardingham, Owner, Alder Carr Farm Shop & Deli said:

“The Carbon Charter has been absolutely fantastic for us, particularly as a small business. We’ve been able to show and communicate to other people everything that we’re doing.

“It’s really important for our customers that we have something like the Charter. They love to come to the farm here and see the information about local sourcing and it’s also been important for our business customers, it’s really worked well for us at Alder Carr.

“It made us sit down and really look through all aspects of our business. We’ve installed solar panels and a biomass boiler. I would thoroughly recommend that any businesses apply for the Carbon Charter. It’s brilliant for your business reputation, it’s great for your staff morale and brilliant for customers as well.”

Speakers at the event will include Doug Field, Chief Executive of the East of England Co-operative and Chair of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership.

The free event is being held at Wherstead Park, Ipswich on Monday 18 November 2019, and is open to all businesses, charities and organisations who would be interested in finding out how they can become more environmentally friendly.

The event on 18 November 2019 runs from 5pm to 8pm and places can be booked online.

It is supported by Businesses Energy Efficiency (BEE) Anglia, which provides advice and grants to help businesses cut their energy use, and is co-financed by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).