Benedict Orchard, Environmental Sustainability Manager at Adnams, has written a guest article for us about the event we organised in partnership with them on 6th March.
Adnams were very honoured to be asked to host an event for the Suffolk Carbon Leaders (SCL) programme on Friday, 6th March at our brewery, distribution centre and one of our Managed Inns, The Crown, all in Southwold. With over 30 delegates from local Suffolk medium-sized companies, the afternoon was filled with presentations, tours and tastings all with the intention of inspiring others to follow in some of our own green footsteps.
Started in January 2014, the two year SCL programme supports medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in Suffolk to save energy, reduce their carbon emissions, minimise resource use at their sites and identify cost savings. The programme, which is part of Suffolk County Council’s wider scheme ‘Suffolk: Creating the Greenest County’ is being overseen by Carbon Smart, who were chosen for their wide range of experience in helping SMEs and providing energy management recommendations.
Adnams have been a proud sponsor of the ‘Creating the Greenest County’ scheme for a few years now, ensuring other local business are recognised for their stellar work through their annual awards and so were delighted to host this event. After talks to the businesses on voltage optimisation, solar energy and behavioural change, my colleague Belinda and I provided guided tours of our brewery, distribution centre and anaerobic digestion plant.
Keith Clarke, of Sembmarine SLP, shared his thoughts on the day: ‘it was refreshing to see a company’s commitment to greening their processes and that it translated through to the knowledge and enthusiasm of the personnel who took us around.’
The day was rounded off with a tutored tasting for the attendees and some new connections were made to help Suffolk continue on its journey to becoming the Greenest County.
You can see some photos of the day on our Flickr site here.
Adam Woodhall, Associate Director of Carbon Smart, who gave the behaviour change presentation at the event comments:
“The whole Suffolk Carbon Leaders team are very grateful to Adnams for hosting us and for giving businesses the possibility to see what can be done to become a more efficient business. We had some great speakers covering a lot of ground, and companies were able to ask any questions they had to be ready to implement the energy efficiency solutions discussed. Thank you to Eagle New Energy and to PowerPerfector for their very informative presentations.”
The event has done a great job of raising interest amongst Suffolk medium-sized businesses and it was a privilege to see all of our work come together and create such positive results.”