Economy Minister Gordon Lyons has today welcomed the support that the Covid-19 Energy Efficiency Capital Grant (EECG) has offered to 94 local businesses. The grant will help them become more resilient through green efficiency. The scheme was developed by Invest Northern Ireland to provide businesses with support for the installation of energy efficient equipment. The scheme received over £1.5million of funding, including an allocation from the Department for Economy’s Economic Recovery Action Plan.
Minister Lyons visited Craigavon-based company Simplyfruit. The company is a producer and distributor of fresh fruit snack products. It uses significant amounts of energy to refrigerate and store product and in generating compressed air for packing the products.
Simplyfruit is one of the 94 businesses that received an offer of support through EECG. Lyons: “Sustainable business practices offer a substantial economic opportunity as we grow Northern Ireland’s green economy. My Department’s 10X Economic Vision focuses on growing this sector in response to climate change, and helping to build a better environment for the people of Northern Ireland. As part of this, many businesses have used the Energy Efficiency Capital Grant to improve their energy efficiency, increase productivity and achieve significant environmental benefits, including carbon reduction.”