Cumbria Business Environment Network

The Green at Heart scheme has been developed in order to allow businesses to demonstrate the steps they have taken to improve their environmental awareness and performance as well as provide a platform for which businesses can improve upon.

The scheme is based on a checklist of scoring criteria that businesses can work to achieve throughout the year and strive for bronze, silver or gold standard.

Through participating in the scheme businesses will receive recognition for steps they have already taken towards becoming a Greener businesses as well as gaining access to valuable guidance and ideas for how they can improve further.

Green at Heart is designed to be applicable for all types and sizes of business seeking Green recognition and certification, from small Bed and Breakfasts to large industry and with CBEN being recognised across the county is a valuable tool for demonstrating environmental awareness and performance to customers.

The scheme comprises of a compulsary section that is requierd for entry onto the scheme and addtitional optional sections, of which a certain percentage have to be completed, so the scheme can be tailored to what best suits the business and your areas of interest.
All businesses must:
  • Have an Environmental Policy.
  • Identify their environmental aspects and impacts.
  • Establish and work towards environmental objectives.
  • Increase staff awareness.
In addition to these qualifying criteria businesses will be assessed on their environmental approach to the following measures:
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Communication
  • Travel
  • Purchasing
For scheme criteria please contact the Environment Team on 01768 891555.

Current News

CBEN is delivered by Cumbria Rural Enterprise Agency 

Keep up to date with current environmental issues and regulations using these links:
Green Intelligence - NW Business Environment News
Environment Agency  Environmental Regulations

Since 2006 CBEN have identified the following annual savings in Cumbrian businesses that we have worked with

£21m of cost savings
86,800 tonnes of CO2 savings 
914,100 m3 water savings  
148,600 tonnes of materials saved 
103,200 tonnes waste diverted