“The event was very well organised and resourceful.”
Patrick Mballa, LST Projects, Eastleigh

Brighton Breakfast Presentations

At a busy breakfast in Brighton, local businesses met to hear from a local business case study and gain an insight into the waste industry as well as meet like-minded organisations over coffee and croissants.

IMG_2095Gus Christie, Chief Executive of Glyndebourne spoke about the efforts the opera house has made towards becoming carbon neutral. Starting in 2011 with their 70 foot wind turbine which now generates 97% of the sites electricity and saves roughly 700 tonnes of CO2 annually.

Gus has also upgraded 11 old boilers and more recently installed a 200 kWt wood chip boiler which will be fed from their own wood supply. 1,300 of the 1,560 light bulbs have been upgraded to LEDs reducing energy bills by 90%. Glyndebourne also installed electric vehicle charging points and offers a free coach service from Lewes railway station for audiences with 14,000 people using the service in 2014.

IMG_2096Darren Hedges from Brighton Paper Round gave an into the recycling industry and explained what happens to waste after it has been taken away for recycling. He explained the different plans and facilities used to process the waste and also where the baled materials are sent onto to be reprocessed both in the UK and abroad.

Darren also shared how 15 million tonnes of food waste a year is produced by the UK and 12.5 million tonnes of this ends up in landfill producing methane. He spoke about the ways of reusing food waste including composting and aerobic digestion.

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The Sustainable Business Network is delivering the events programme of the Green Growth Platform, a 5 year programme led by the University of Brighton offering a range of free and subsidised services to both businesses in the environmental sector and those looking to improve their environmental performance.

Supporting Local Growth 2019

Our Utilise Plus Energy Efficiency Programme was chosen to feature alongside many other great low-carbon projects in the ‘Clean Growth’ section of the ‘Supporting Local Growth 2019’ report produced by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG). The document is a great summary of exciting projects that have been delivered with ERDF funding. […]

Utilise Plus Case Study: Park Cameras

Based in Burgess Hill, Park Cameras sells photography equipment, as well as offering printing services and photography courses. In early 2019, Park Cameras received a Utilise Plus grant from the Sustainable Business Partnership CIC to install energy-saving LED lights. This followed a fully-funded Utilise Plus energy audit they received in late 2018. Funded by the […]


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