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Suffolk businesses celebrate their green credentials

PUBLISHED: 16:27 12 July 2018

Key speaker Ben Bolgar, of the Prince's Foundation for Building Communities, at the networking event for Suffolk the greenest county, held at Freckenham on Thursday

Key speaker Ben Bolgar, of the Prince's Foundation for Building Communities, at the networking event for Suffolk the greenest county, held at Freckenham on Thursday

Peter Frost

The growth of the sustainable economy was highlighted at a Suffolk business networking event hosted by Freckenham-based property developers Woolley on Thursday, attended by 80 people.

Under the banner of Creating the Greenest County and sponsored by Business Energy Efficiency Anglia, the garden party celebrated the efforts of local businesses to protect and enhance the environment.

One of the key themes to come out of the speeches was that sustainable business is more about embracing opportunities than self-denial. Introducing the event, Lord Cranbrook – former chair of English Nature – set the tone with a robust overview of some of the challenges facing today’s policy makers.

Nick Woolley, managing director of Woolley spoke about the sustainability measures that have helped them gain the Carbon Charter (Gold level) on four occasions, and the range of benefits to their business they have seen as a result.

The keynote speech was provided by Ben Bolgar from the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, in a fascinating overview of some of their key projects, and how sustainability principles need to be core to planning from the start, to deal with a fast rising urban population.

Richard Rout, Suffolk County Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, presented Carbon Charter awards to four local businesses for their energy savings,

He said: “It’s great to see so many businesses being recognised for the fantastic work they are doing to enhance their sustainability. The strength of the Carbon Charter network is a fine demonstration of the social responsibility and innovation of local businesses”.

The four businesses who received their accreditation at the event were EV Driver, Woolley, Sunny Suffolk and Cradle Foods.

In keeping with the theme guests were able to inspect a range of electric zero emmission vehicles.

Vehicles on display included Tesla’s model S and the seven seat Model X joining the unique Tesla Shooting Brake from Qwest Motors – the fastest estate car in the world.

In contrast there was the 200 mile range Renault ZOE and electric super bikes from SuperSoCo and Zero motorcycles.

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