A Bristol-based brewery celebrating 15 years in the trade showed Metro Mayor Dan Norris how they are going green and cutting their energy bills thanks to a Green Business Grant from the West of England Combined Authority.
The Metro Mayor toasted craft specialists Moor Beer when he met director Maryann Hawke for a tour of its brewery and tap room. He learned more about the brewing process before attempting to pour the perfect pint.
Prior to his stint behind the bar, Mr Norris discovered how the brewers have been able to install solar panels thanks to £15,000 of funding from the Combined Authority, which he leads. As well as cutting their energy usage by a fifth, it is estimated that this will save them over £5,000 annually on their energy bills.
Metro Mayor Dan Norris said: “Everyone has their favourite tipple. I’m sure the crisp, hazy products at Moor will be even more refreshing to Bristolians knowing they are being brewed in a greener building. I am delighted to celebrate this anniversary milestone with the team. Cheers! Here’s to the next 15! I am so pleased a cash injection from the Combined Authority which I lead is helping to cut carbon emissions. Our region is leading the way when it comes to going green”.
Moor Beer director Maryann Hawke said: “Alongside our low energy lights, canning on-site and local bike deliveries via 'Shift' couriers, the solar panels add a considerable boost to our commitment for a greener future. Support local and Drink Moor Beer!”
Green Business Grants are part of the Low Carbon Challenge Fund, which has received £1.9m from the West of England Combined Authority and £2.1m from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. For more information, visit www.westofengland-ca.gov.uk/what-we-do/innovation/green-business-grants/
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding