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Staff from Fitness Warehouse stood by company van and holding certificate.

This Preston-based fitness business is cutting its carbon...

Commercial fitness equipment supplier Fitness Warehouse is eyeing sustainable savings in surface water drainage charges, thanks to the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan’s) Making Carbon Work (MaCaW) project.

The Preston-based business is researching the potential for re-using rainwater captured from its roof space as a result of advice from experts at MaCaW, which was set up to help Lancashire SMEs move to a low carbon model.

Formed in 2004, Fitness Warehouse has a workforce of 25 employees and is based on Preston’s Roman Way Industrial Estate.

MaCaW’s Business Engagement Officer Mark Nelson and Auditor Peter Burn worked with the business to produce a carbon assessment audit. This enabled them to calculate the company’s carbon footprint and identify the most effective ways to cut its energy usage. The company is also looking at the possibility of installing LED lighting.

Tom Gerrard, Warehouse Manager at Fitness Warehouse said:

“The MaCaW team were great to work with. They kept business disruption to a minimum. They then produced a detailed, jargon-free report that enabled us to understand our carbon footprint and how we could shrink it.

“Some really interesting points came from the survey. A key recommendation was looking into the possibility of capturing rainwater from the roof space of our premises and re-using the water in our business, for example to jet wash our vans. This could lead to major cost savings for surface water drainage services and is something we never even knew was possible.

“The steps we are taking will help the environment and save the business money, a win-win scenario, and something that always goes down well with our customers.”

Mark Nelson said:

“The expertise within the MaCaW team has helped Fitness Warehouse to identify carbon-saving opportunities that could be achieved through straightforward changes to operational activity – in particular cutting service charges by potentially capturing and re-using rainwater.

“Furthermore, a grant for LED lighting will help Fitness Warehouse to purchase technology designed to reduce electricity bills.”

The MaCaW project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to help Lancashire SMEs to move towards a low carbon future. Lancashire SMEs are encouraged to take advantage of this free service whilst the investment is still available.

More about MaCaW

For more information on the Making Carbon Work project (MaCaW) visit MaCaW Lancs