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Green Positive Environmental Action Scheme (PEA)

 What is the Green PEA scheme?

Borough of Poole is committed to reducing carbon emissions and helping businesses to go green. Through involvement with the EU Covenant of Mayors, Borough of Poole has a target to reduce emissions by 20% by the year 2020.

The Green PEA scheme has been specifically designed to enable businesses to contribute towards this target. It is a voluntary certification scheme designed to encourage Poole-based organisations to think about their carbon emissions and then undertake activities in line with expert recommendations.

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How does it work?

The Green PEA scheme is an innovative certification scheme with an emphasis on companies taking a proactive approach to reduction of their carbon emissions.

In summary companies will receive an initial cost analysis on their energy usage to provide a benchmark. This will also include recommendations for improvements. Companies can then work through a number of levels within the scheme achieving milestones and accreditations.

At all levels of the scheme there is an expectation of company buy-in, at all management levels. Companies need to commit to achieving their targets within a flexible designated timeframe, as agreed between all parties.

Help and support is available at all times from Borough of Poole and many associated experts in the field of green energy conservation.

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Levels of certification

  • Foundation 

Companies receive an energy usage survey with recommendations and milestones. A letter of support from the senior management team is expected.

Target timescale: Survey conducted within 3 months, letter of support expected within a further 1 month.

  • Improved 

Requirements: achieve at least 2 recommendations from benchmark study.

Target timescale: 6 months

(depending upon type of business)

  • Advanced

Requirements: achieve at least 5 recommendations or demonstrate qualified level of staff engagement.

Target timescale: 9 months

  • Distinguished 

Requirements: demonstrate 10% saving in direct carbon emissions. Eligible for grant support.

Target timescale: 12-18 months

  • Excellence

Requirements: demonstrate 20% saving in direct carbon emissions and introduction of at least one renewable technology.

Target timescale: 2 years

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Participating companies

Participating companies will receive appropriate framed certificates endorsed by Borough of Poole, PR via Borough of Poole and Poole Chamber and will be entered into the annual Green PEA awards.

The Green PEA awards recognises companies that have made the most progress in the course of one year towards their targets, and are supported by Borough of Poole and the Mayor’s office.

An annual awards ceremony will be held, offering PR and community opportunities.

To find out more details, or to sign up to the scheme, please contact Lee Merchant by referring to our contacts page.

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