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Aston University awarded nearly three million pounds to lead region-wide energy audit programme


Aston University has secured a £2.93 million contract as part of the Business and Energy Advisory Service (BEAS) initiative, aiming to enhance energy efficiency for businesses. Funded by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero through the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), this project, led by Professor Prasanta Dey and Dr Abed Alaswad, will conduct 1310 standard and 120 high-intensity energy audits.

Teaming up with Coventry City Council and the Black Country Industrial Cluster, Aston University aims to support SMEs in the region, contributing to carbon footprint reduction and lowered energy costs. The initiative, aligned with a broader regional program, strives to provide SMEs with tailored energy audits and grants, fostering green practices and economic resilience.

Professor Prasanta Dey of Aston Business School emphasizes the university's commitment to driving impactful carbon reduction efforts. Dr Abed Alaswad notes that the initiative aligns with the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero's objectives, gathering crucial data on SMEs' energy usage to inform policy decisions.

Dr Jamie Elliott from West Midlands Combined Authority highlights the Decarbonisation Net Zero Programme, offering £4.5 million in grants for businesses to achieve meaningful decarbonization and cost-saving transformations. SMEs can benefit from up to £100,000 in funding and 50% aid intensity, using energy efficiency assessments to access recommendations for cost reduction and sustainability investments.

Interested SMEs can participate in the energy audit program by visiting the Decarbonisation Net Zero Programme to sign up and explore available resources. This collaboration reflects Aston University's commitment to sustainability and community-driven positive change, offering real-world experience for students in relevant programs.