Businesses in Cumbria are to get expert advice on how they can improve the environment by using electric vehicles.
A free one-day workshop in Whitehaven, organised by Eco-Innovation Cumbria, will feature demonstrations by some of the region’s leading experts.
The event coincides with the Government’s clean air strategy, and with the Air Quality Forum in London. This offered practical measures to improve air quality in the UK through a collaborative approach of transport, planning and health initiatives.
And in London, the Mayor has announced new initiatives to improve air quality in the capital, including a focus on EVs.
Key note speakers Helen Acott, Fleet Manager for the Energy Savings Trust, and Regional Development Manager for Renault North West, Mathew Kiziuk, will explain how adopting electric vehicles will help businesses to progress,
And regional car specialists DSG will talk about the reality of using an electric vehicle: the practicality of the technology, emissions, range, lifespan, warranties, running costs, and charging.
The workshop, on February 26 at The Beacon in Whitehaven, aims to help firms understand the business case for EVs, and explain about the changing EV infrastructure in Cumbria.
Glyn Griffiths Eco-Innovation Cumbria Project manager said: “Businesses increasingly recognise their responsibility to help the environment. This workshop will explain how they can reduce impact on the environment and reduce CO2, at the same time building business partnerships and collaborations that will collectively help to create the change to a cleaner environment.”
He added: “This workshop will be fast-paced and interactive, encouraging exciting collaborations between organisations as well as innovative solutions. We hope it will appeal to those who have fleets of vehicles, cars and vans, traders and those who use vans for their work.”
Eco-Innovation Cumbria, a project funded by the European Regional Development Fund, offers small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) throughout the county the opportunity to make use of invaluable university resources in order to develop and grow in an innovative and sustainable way.
Said Mr Griffiths: “This project is about creating a positive environmental impact, but it’s also about supporting the business community in Cumbria to grow and thrive.”
Other contributors include Simon Brace, Lakes Electric Delivery Service (LEDS); Phil Davies, Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS); Al Wilson from the Centre for Leadership Performance (CfLP); Daniel Heery, Will Madden and Sue Gilbertson from Charge my Street.
Bookings can be made here