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Dearne Valley businesses asked for their ideas on low carbon future

posted 13 Jun 2011, 04:41 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 13 Jun 2011, 04:52 ]
Dearne Valley businesses are being asked for their views on how to create a low carbon future for the area. 
A workshop event, to be held later this month will provide business leaders with the opportunity to say how they want to become involved in shaping the future development of the Dearne Valley, and how their businesses could potentially benefit.

The free event is being held at the Manvers Boat Club Station Road, Wath upon Dearne, Rotherham S63 7DG on Friday 24 June, with a light breakfast being served from 8am and the meeting starting at 8.30am. The workshop will finish by 10.30am. 

John Healey, local MP for the Dearne Valley, will welcome businesses to the event. There will also be presentations to update on the latest progress with the Dearne Eco-Vision project. 

To register to attend the event, please use this Business Workshop Booking Form on the Dearne Valley Business Forum website and return completed forms by Friday 17 June. Or for further information please contact the Eco-Vision project team on 0114 263 5681 or email dearnevalley@sheffieldcityregion.org.uk  

The event is being organised as part of the Dearne Valley Eco-Vision project, which aims to transform the former coal mining area into an exemplar of best practice in low carbon living and green technologies. The Eco-Vision offers great potential for businesses in helping them to “green” their business operations, find solutions to the problems of climate change and develop leading environmental technologies. 

Businesses are invited to hear more about the Eco-Vision and the plans for the future, but also to contribute to the debate by sharing their thoughts and ideas about what they can do as local businesses to contribute towards a low carbon community in the Dearne Valley, including cutting energy costs to save businesses money.

The Eco-Vision project is supported by local companies including eco-friendly-Wath-based social housing contractor Bramall Construction. Bramall are currently working throughout the Dearne Valley to upgrade existing housing to excellent eco-efficiency levels and to create new sustainable housing for the future of the area.
Paul Woodcock, chair of the Dearne Valley Economy theme task group said, “As part of the Eco-Vision it is important that we engage with local businesses in the area to seek their views about how we can realise a low carbon future for the area. 

"We would like to hear from businesses about what help and support they might need to enhance their green credentials. We would also be interested to hear from businesses about what best practice, around improving their resource and energy efficiency, is already out there that can be shared amongst local companies.”