Thursday, June 30, 2011

News: More businesses back Dearne Valley eco-vision


More businesses have pledged their support for the Dearne Valley eco-vision following a recent breakfast workshop at Manvers Boat Club.

The event was a chance for businesses to have their say on creating a low carbon future for the area, and find out how they could benefit.

John Healey, local MP for the Dearne Valley, gave the opening address and said: "Huge changes have taken place in the Dearne Valley since the closure of the pits but we need to change further for the future, and forge a new sense of identity.

"The Dearne Valley has the potential to play a significant role in the economy of the region and grow as the green heart of South Yorkshire.

"We want businesses to let us know how they can play a bigger role in these improvements, and influence and challenge the development and delivery of the eco-vision.

"I know time and resources are tight but it is a great opportunity to become more innovative – whether through developing new services or products or saving money through improving energy and resource efficiency."

The Dearne Valley eco-vision project aims to transform the former coal mining area into an exemplar of best practice in low carbon living and green technologies. The eco-vision offers great potential for businesses in helping them to "green" their business operations, find solutions to the problems of climate change and develop leading environmental technologies.

Joanne Wehrle, Dearne Valley eco-vision project manager, said: "We received a lot of positive feedback from the event and a number of organisations expressed interest in getting more involved with the eco-vision.

"Businesses also appreciated the opportunity to receive an update on the progress of the eco-vision and hear about our plans for the future."

Dearne Valley eco-vision website

Images: John Healey


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