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What is Race to Zero?

The Cheshire West and Chester Race to Zero service supports local businesses in the Cheshire West and Chester area towards improving their energy efficiency and progressing to net zero. This service is funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, supported by the Cheshire West and Chester council and delivered by the not-for-profit sustainable business experts Groundwork.

In 2019 Cheshire West and Chester Council declared a climate emergency stating:

  • Climate Change presents a threat to our way of life
  • The Council recognises the need to act in-line with worldwide agreements on Climate Change and the best available evidence, which states that, to limit emissions to 1.5°C, there is a requirement to reach ‘net zero’ by 2045
  • The Council must play its part by evidencing leadership on this issue.

This service is part of Cheshire West and Chester Council’s response to declaring the climate emergency, in particular providing information to support small and medium sized companies to make changes; informing and engaging business about the net-zero agenda; and supporting businesses to access new initiatives and funding streams.

The project will:

  • Provide funded support for companies on energy efficiency and net zero
  • Investigate and identify low or zero carbon opportunities with energy audits (For large consumers of energy)
  • Establish the feasibility for the creation of smart energy networks within the business parks through development of a study on Winsford Industrial Estate.

About the UK Shared Prosperity Fund

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. Visit UK Shared Prosperity Fund: prospectus for more information.  

Call today to register your business: 0333 121 0929

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This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (SPF). Learn more about the UK SPF.