A WEST Thurrock company is cutting its energy use, saving money and improving efficiency – all at the same time.
HC Lazell (Lashings) based in Breach Road, is a supplier of PVC products and load restraints.
The firm – trading since 1997 – wanted to install a computerised sewing machine, a low-wattage frequency welder, as well as putting in specialised work benches and updating its electrical supply.
The work is estimated to have cut the electrical usage by 34,376 kWh a year and reduced the use of 2.6 tonnes of dense plastic – equivalent reducing CO2 emissions by 18.03 tonnes.
This will also save the company around £3,100 a year and boost local employment because it needs to recruit a full-time staff member to deal with the extra workload.
The total cost of the project – including VAT – is £8,340, so HC Lazell (Lashings) contacted the Low Carbon team at Thurrock Council to seek a grant. They were successful and received £2,780.
Cllr Andy Smith, Thurrock Council’s portfolio holder for regeneration, handed over the money and said: “It’s always a pleasure when I’m asked to hand over a cheque to a local business.
“The Low Carbon team’s successes have reduced emissions markedly over recent years and helped Thurrock-based companies increase their efficiency, and their number of workers.
“It’s a real win-win for the company, the council, the environment and the economy.”
Richard Clarke, Director for HC Lazell, said: “We were surprised at how quick and simple the process was.
“The support we received from the Green Business Forum was excellent, and we would – and have – recommended them to other businesses.”
There is a small amount of grant funding left for projects that are ready to go. Contact the Low Carbon Business team on 01268 758423.
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