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How can the Carbon Trust help me?

Update - 27th September 2011

The Carbon Trust is no longer offering interest free loans and are now offering standard lease options through Siemens. If you are interested in lease purchases please contact one of our sales team on 01480 217904.

Carbon Trust Energy Efficiency Loan

The Carbon Trust is offering interest free loans of between £3,000 and £500,000 repayable over a period of one to four years, when a company purchases energy efficient equipment including air compressors.

Energy-Efficiency Loans from the Carbon Trust are a cost effective way to replace or upgrade your existing equipment with a more energy efficient version. Being more energy efficient makes sound economic sense because using less energy lowers operating costs. From an environmental perspective, it's an effective way for business to cut carbon emissions and, in turn, combat climate change.

To be eligilble for a Carbon Trust Loan you company should be a private sector organisation that falls within the definition of SMEs in England or Scotland and all businesses in Wales or Northern Ireland, that have been trading for at least 12 months and have an acceptable credit rating. The EU State aid definition of an SME is a company with:

1) Less than 250 employees
2a) Less than €50m Turnover (approximately £35m) or
2b) Less than €43m assets (approximately £30m)
3) No controlling interest more than 25% by a non-SME (i.e. it is part of a larger organisation)

Current EU exemptions are:
Agricultural sector – any enterprise active in the primary production of agricultural products is generally excluded. However enterprises involved in the processing and marketing of agricultural produce are generally acceptable unless their business is preparing animal or plant produce for the first sale. Such enterprises would also be excluded if the benefit of the loan is passed on to primary producers.

Export Related sector - if the loan will support export related activities and is directly linked to the quantities exported, to the establishment and operation of a distribution network, or to other current expenditure linked to the export activity.

Fisheries and Aquaculture sectors - we are generally unable to make loans to enterprises in these sectors.

Coal sector - enterprises active in this sector are not eligible.

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In return for every interest free loan, the Carbon Trust require end-user projects to result in a reduction in carbon emissions associated with the applicant’s site. Each proposed loan has a minimum carbon saving determined by the actual loan’s value; this minimum is known as the carbon-saving threshold and it may change from time to time. Call the Sales Team to discuss this further………….

How to reduce your Compressed Air Energy costs and carbon footprint

Compressed air is an essential utility. However, it can be costly in both environmental and financial . Almost all industrial SMEs use compressed air within their production processes. Good housekeeping can help you manage your compressed air use more efficiently.

1) Make sure everyone is aware of the high cost of producing compressed air, and what it should and should not be used for.

2) Determine the minimum pressure for the system and adjust the air compressor accordingly. Equipment and tool manufacturers can inform you of the minimum air pressure needed by their equipment.

3) Avoid using blow-guns and ensure air-knives are operated at the minimum pressure required, using alternatives wherever possible.

4) Installing an automatic pressure regulator can ensure that you always have the most efficient air pressure setting.

5)Check whether all the areas served by your compressed air system need air all the time – some could be zoned off. Areas that are not in use all the time can be separated from the main system by installing valves. Consider controlling them automatically using a time-switch.

Having better control over your compressed air system can help save you energy and money.

Switch off your air compressor when not in use. - An idling air compressor can still use a lot of electricity.

Consider downsizing your system. - Determine the minimum system pressure and adjust the compressor accordingly.

Ask equipment and tool manufacturers to specify the minimum air pressure their equipment needs.

Minimise pressure drops. -Take a reading of the pressure at the air compressor with a pressure gauge and then, using the same gauge, take a measurement at the farthest point on the site. Large pressure drops could, for example, indicate that the air pipe is too small, stifling the airflow.

Change filter elements regularly and have any condensation collection system checked regularly to ensure it’s working effectively

Carry out regular leak inspections -at least once every six months.

Prevent Leaks -Check pipework for distortion and corrosion, and replace rusty pipe to prevent leaks

Other Energy Saving Measures Related to Pipework

Consider reducing the distance that air has to travel by shortening pipe lengths.

Remove any redundant piping, or isolate it using a valve. Pipework which is used infrequently, or is temporarily redundant, can also be fitted with an isolating valve.

Consider using long radius bends instead of elbows. This can stop waste heat being generated by easing the airflow and reducing friction.

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