Cannock Chase businesses helped towards Net Zero

Businesses in Cannock Chase District are being helped to transition to Net Zero under a new government-funded project.

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The Net Zero Pathfinder will help 20 SMEs work on a plan.

SMEs in the UK have a vital role to play in the decarbonisation of the British economy by 2050 and most of them do recognise the importance of reducing the carbon emissions associated with their activities.

Dr Janet Wright, Staffordshire University

The Net Zero Pathfinder, funded by UK Shared Prosperity Fund, is being delivered by Staffordshire University working in partnership with Cannock Chase District Council. It will provide 20 SMEs with the opportunity to work on a plan to assist them in achieving the Net Zero targets set by the UK government.

RS Electrical & Property Maintenance Ltd based in Hednesford have now embarked on the programme. Managing director Ryan Schubert said: ”As a rapidly growing electrical contractor, reducing our carbon emissions is a top priority. Whilst this is a value we hold highly as a company, we’ve also noticed a growing demand from our clients who seek contractors with a comprehensive Net Zero Plan.

“We're eager to identify areas for improvement and excited about implementing the action points highlighted during the project. Upon completion, we aim to have a clear plan for our future that not only reduces our carbon footprint but also ensures the continued delivery of high-quality services and products we are known for.”

Councillor Josh Newbury, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Leader for Regeneration and High Streets said “It is great to hear that businesses across the district have started on their net zero journey. The Net Zero Pathfinder programme is a great opportunity for small and medium sized businesses in Cannock Chase District.

“There is still funding available thanks to the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, so I would definitely encourage local businesses to get in touch with the team at Staffordshire University so they can create a plan to reduce their carbon emissions and do their part to help the UK reach net zero emissions by 2050.”

The Net Zero Pathfinder is a 12-week fully funded programme which involves students or graduates employed as Innovation Consultants to work with businesses under the supervision of expert academics at Staffordshire University.

Staffordshire University Dr Janet Wright added: “SMEs in the UK have a vital role to play in the decarbonisation of the British economy by 2050 and most of them do recognise the importance of reducing the carbon emissions associated with their activities.

“I’m looking forward to working with companies such as RS Electricals to better understand both the specific challenges that SMES in the region face in their journey to net zero, and the potential opportunities presented by the need to decarbonise, as well as harnessing the knowledge and skills of our students to develop realistic roadmaps, tailored to the specific needs of each company, for this transition to net zero.”

MSc Computer Science student Temisanren Ukubeyinje said: “This initiative is a unique opportunity to blend academic insights gained from Staffordshire University with practical industrial applications, specifically in addressing carbon emissions and enhancing sustainability within the Cannock business community.”

For more information on how to apply, interested parties are encouraged to visit the website or contact Staffordshire University’s Business Engagement Team on 0800 169 2148.

  • The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills.

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