Cumbria LEP Business Decarbonisation Summit

We would be delighted if you could join us at the Business Decarbonisation Summit which is being held on Thursday 26 May 2022 at 9.30am. This face to face event is at NWA Auction, J36 of the M6 and will provide the opportunity for our businesses to hear from other businesses on how they are addressing the decarbonisation of their business. This has never been more important as all businesses are facing serious escalation in energy costs and looking as to how they can deliver on governments Net Zero commitments. There will be presentations by Iggesund, First Milk, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Playdale and numerous other companies, with the intention being to demonstrate how this is being taken forward in every size and sector of businesses in Cumbria. Alongside this Electricity Northwest will be outlining how they are looking to keep and support businesses in their decarbonisation journey. Please register here for your free ticket:

Exciting developments at Brockhole Visitors centre

Way back in May 2018 the CBEN Partnership were awarded the contract to identify suitable improvements, renewables and heating systems for the Lake District National Park’s visitor centre at Brockhole on Windermere. All to help the park reduce its carbon footprint. Since then things have moved on a pace with a solar canopy, electric vehicle charging points, battery storage, building insulation, double glazing and door upgrades. All this and a new Lake source heat pump. Progress to date has been driven by Sharon Hodgson and Richard Horner of the Lake District National Park Authority, and us ofcourse.

The solar canopy looks unobtrusive in its dark grey frame and non-reflective panels

The charging points behind the canopy.

The batteries are squirreled away in a small cabinet in the trees.

The trenching for the pipe run to the lake source carousels is hardly noticeable now.

Still waiting for the arrival of the carousels.

A commissioning date of June is on the cards so we will keep you updated.

Funding for the works is supported by European Structural Investment Funds.

Greening Eden webinar

“Greening Eden: The Greening Eden initiative helps businesses across Eden, Cumbria to calculate their carbon footprint, identify ways to reduce their environmental emissions and can provide grant funding to help with capital projects. CBEN will provide more details of how the initiative works and what benefits participating companies can expect in a webinar on 01/04/2021 between 10:00 and 12:00. Anyone interested in this and other ‘green’ initiatives offered by Eden District Council can register for the webinar at “

Greening Eden Businesses Press Release

Launching this month (February), Eden District Council is working with Cumbria Business Environment Network (CBEN) Partnership on a three and a half year project called Greening Eden to support Eden businesses to reduce their carbon emissions and to help businesses save money. The project will allow businesses across Eden to measure their greenhouse gas emissions, identify opportunities for reduction and support Eden District Council’s ambitions for a low-carbon, environmentally sustainable Eden and Cumbria.

Greening Eden will help participating companies across the area calculate their carbon footprint, the commonly accepted metric for assessing the environmental impact of a business. The CBEN Partnership will complete the calculations using data provided by each company and through site visits to provide practical and cost-effective advice on how to reduce emissions. These could range from no-cost changes in behaviour, low-cost actions, or capital investment projects.

Eden District Council has put in place £400,000 to assist businesses with works which may be required to help them achieve lower carbon emissions. The funding applications will be accessed through a grant application once CBEN have carried out the assessment of the business activities which, when modified, would have the greatest effect on reducing their carbon footprint.  

David Prentice, Partner at CBEN Partnership said, “We are delighted to be working with Eden District Council on this project to assist businesses in Eden. Helping businesses to reduce their carbon emissions through assessments and advice with the added bonus of having a grant available for businesses we think will have a huge impact in terms of carbon and costs savings for our local businesses. As part of the project, each company will receive a full report confirming the initial carbon footprint assessment and a list of actions that can be used to reduce emissions. Where capital expenditure improvements are identified, CBEN will work with you to prepare the business case for the expenditure, ready for submission to the capital grant fund for the scheme.

Any business based in Eden or whose principal operations are Eden based can apply to be considered. We anticipate that 40 to 50 companies can be supported, coming from all business sectors. CBEN will begin contacting potential applicants in February 2021, but companies can contact us directly on”

Councillor Virginia Taylor, Leader of Eden District Council said, “It’s normal now for businesses to reduce their carbon footprints and increasingly customers will expect it – going green is good for reputation and saves money, as well as being environmentally responsible. Here at Eden District Council sustainability is at the core of what we do, and this scheme will help businesses protect and enhance Eden’s prosperity and the natural world.

Councillor Mark Rudhall, Eden District Council’s Green Growth Portfolio Holder said, “I’m delighted to be working with a local organisation who already has strong links in with local Eden businesses and who have championed environmentally sound business practices for many years. Many businesses will have suffered serious impacts from the pandemic so I’m really proud that we have been able to develop a project that not only helps businesses reduce their carbon footprint but will also offer finances for them to use to improve their green credentials and hopefully save money.”

More Information about the project and contact details for CBEN can be found at their website:

New Balance Athletic Shoes

Happy to be working with New Balance to investigate & assess what they would have to do to achieve Net Zero status, using SECR as a starting point. Always a pleasure to deal with them and looking forward to some interesting discussions in the coming months.

CBEN team begins work at Eden Brow

CBEN team begins work at Eden Brow on the Settle to Carlisle Railway. Working with Story Contracting Ltd and Network Rail, CBEN will be acting as Environmental Advisor on the project.

The reconstruction of the railway section which collapsed during the December 2015 floods has been restored and was reopened with an appearance by The Flying Scotsman steam locomotive on 31st March 2017. The following remediation work of the riverbank is due to begin in May and will continue for six months.

This is an exciting project for CBEN which takes us in a new direction. CBEN Partner Philip Wanless has 25 years’ experience in the construction industry it is a change to use some existing knowledge combined with the teams combined experience in auditing and environmental consultancy.

More updates on this project will follow as work continues on site in the coming months.