A carbon cutting group will giveaway professional services and advice to help firms get on the fast track to low carbon.

Leapfrog brings together leading environmental professionals to work with green entrepreneurs, community initiatives and project developers who are trying to go green.

The ‘pro-bono’ service will cover areas like legal advice, fund-raising, project finance and environmental consultancy.

It’s currently awaiting charity status having applied to the charity commission as a ‘not for profit entity’ following the official launch last Thursday (24 September).

Leapfrog founder and head of environment at law firm Travers Smith, Steve McNab, explains where the idea comes from.

He said: “The idea behind Leapfrog came as a result of our firm trying to find ways to offset our carbon footprint.

“We struggled to find ways which would engage our employees and didn’t just want to pay someone to offset our emissions and then forget about it.

“All businesses benefit from professional advice. With Leapfrog, we can ensure

the best advice goes to those ventures which deserve it most.”

The new Chair of the Sustainable Development Commission, Will Day, gave the keynote speech at the launch.

He said: “I am very pleased to be able to support the launch of this new venture.

“By drawing together such a wide range of expertise, Leapfrog can give support and advice to those entrepreneurs, individuals and communities who encourage and inspire the rest of us to take action.

“The community projects in particular should act as inspiration and blueprint for all communities around the country, bringing not just emissions reduction but a true sense of community cohesion and unity. It is high time we all pulled together for this most urgent of common causes.”

To find out more go to www.carbonleapfrog.org

Luke Walsh

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