Green approach wins praise

FOUR businesses from Sudbury, Hadleigh, Pentlow and Bildeston have been singled out as being carbon conscious through their efforts to protect the environment.

They were recently presented with certificates as part of Suffolk Carbon Charter, launched 18 months ago by the Environment Agency and Suffolk County Council,

A total of 40 businesses have been accredited with the scheme since it was launched.

The latest businesses are Silvicultural Systems, based in Brundon Lane, Sudbury, specialising in forestry services, Hyacine Human Resources, an independent company from Hadleigh, School Barn Farm, a bed and breakfast business offering yurt holidays based in Pentlow, and Taylor Made Joinery in Ipswich Road, Bildeston.

The charter recognises small and medium businesses with 250 employees or fewer that are making efforts to monitor and reduce their carbon emissions.

Three accreditation levels - bronze, silver and gold - recognise different stages of work, range from adopting carbon monitoring and reduction measures, through being an exemplar green business and inspiring others.

Chartered businesses were able to network on board a sailing barge at Ipswich Docks recently as they received certificates.

County councillor Judy Terry, portfolio holder for the Greenest County said; “Individuals and companies are taking a close look at their habits in order to reduce their energy use and potential customers are looking for a reliable measure that can reassure them they’re not damaging the planet with their purchases. The Suffolk Carbon Charter allows Suffolk’s small businesses to communicate their environmental commitment.”

The charter is being trialled as part of a European project, led by Suffolk County Council, that aims to help businesses and communities cut their energy use. It is co-funded by the European Regional Development.