Low-carbon consultancy saved from axe

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ONE of the most successful off-shoots of the now-defunct Yorkshire Forward will continue to exist as an independent community company after being saved from the axe by Whitehall.

CO2Sense, the not-for-profit low-carbon consultancy based in Leeds, has announced it will continue its work after the regional development agency is formally wound up next week after getting the green light from the Government to become an independent Community Interest Company.

CO2Sense supports businesses and other organisations to cut their carbon emissions and their costs, providing advice and investment funds for renewable electricity and heat installations and projects that cut energy, waste and other resources.

It is the brains behind far-reaching plans to create a massive carbon capture and storage network across the region.

Chief executive Joanne Pollard said: “We never doubted we had a secure future following the closure of the RDAs.

“For the last four years, we have been passionate about enabling businesses to grow and fighting global warming – and these objectives are as important today as they’ve ever been. We’re looking forward to helping more businesses to prosper and to cut emissions over the years to come.”

CO2Sense will remain a not-for-profit company, and any income from investments or consultancy will be reinvested in low-carbon projects within the community.

The news of its survival was welcomed by Julian Smith, MP for Skipton and Ripon, who said: “Yorkshire is at the forefront of developments in green technology, and this has been helped to a large extent by Yorkshire Forward’s decision to set up CO2Sense.

 “With the closure of the Regional Development Agency it was important that the work being done by CO2Sense was able to continue.”

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