The Low Carbon Business programme works with businesses across South Essex and Mid Essex, which includes the following local authority areas: Thurrock, Southend, Basildon, Rochford, Maldon, Brentwood, Chelmsford and Castle Point.

The initiative will receive a financial contribution of £3.68 million by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), which is now managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

David Morrell, (DCLG) said at inception: “All businesses are facing the same issues as we move towards a low carbon economy but, with South Essex having the highest level of carbon emissions within the East of England, companies in this region are facing significant challenges. ERDF are contributing to many projects to help small businesses and are very pleased to support the TGSE project in assisting companies in Thames Gateway to develop greener processes and products.”

About the European Regional Development Fund

Financed by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is a seven year investment programme with the objective of enabling low carbon economic growth in the East of England. €110.9 million has been allocated to the eastern region.

This fund aims to help small and medium size enterprises respond to the challenges of climate change and the huge commercial potential behind a low carbon economy. With more funding available until December 2014, the ERDF programme is set to play a big role in helping our businesses and communities seize the opportunities of a low carbon economy.

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