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Become a greener business

There are lots of initiatives to help you become a greener business and employer.

What’s your carbon footprint?

The first step is to know what your carbon foot print is and for most organisations the main sources of Green House Gases are likely to come from the following activities:

  • Consumption of Electricity
  • Consumption of Gas
  • Consumption of Petrol or Diesel

To calculate your carbon footprint, you need to know what your total consumption is in kWh over 12-month period and how much fuel you have used.

The next step is to convert this information into CO2e. Luckily the government publishes a useful guide that shows all the necessary conversion factors for free. This will help you to calculate your carbon footprint.

When looking at your fuel consumption take your estimated fuel costs and convert them into litres of fuel by using the government data on ‘average road fuel prices’. Once all of this has been done you will have a baseline indication of your carbon footprint.

Alternatively, you can choose to contract with a private sector organisation. They will check your data and produce a verification report showing your carbon footprint. They can also track any year-on-year changes and advise how you can make further reductions in your CO2e emissions.

The Sustainability in Enterprise Project

Nottingham Trent University can help SMEs to drive sustainable low carbon growth by focusing on performance, processes, premises and product designs. This project provides free consultancy support from NTU's Sustainability team to review your existing operations and offer advice and recommendations with access to a grant to enable changes to be implemented.

How does it work?
SMEs receive support from qualified sustainability academics who will lead a team of final-year student consultants to produce a bespoke carbon impact assessment for your organisation. This will cover three business areas, the report will also provide a focused carbon footprint calculation, plus a set of carbon reduction recommendations with targets and their associated cost savings.

Carbon Trust

The Carbon Trust supports the development of low carbon technologies, and helps business and the public sector cut carbon emissions

Energy Saving Trust

The Energy Saving Trust is a non-profit organisation, funded both by government and the private sector.

They are one of the UK's leading organisations set up to address the damaging effects of climate change and they have offices in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Their aim is to cut emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) by promoting the sustainable and efficient use of energy.

Energy for Business

Energy for Business is a low-carbon innovation project from Nottingham University and offers SMEs help with product research and development, business support and some capital funding. You can contact them by:

Green Homes Scheme

Green Homes Scheme Tradespeople must register for the ‘Trust Mark’ accreditation to take part in this scheme.

This scheme focuses on 'green home improvement’s ranging from insulation of walls, floors and roofs, to the installation of low-carbon heating, like heat pumps or solar thermal – measures that could help homeowners including landlords save up to £600 a year on their energy bills.

Households on low income can receive vouchers covering 100% of the cost of the improvements, up to a maximum of £10,000.

NetPostive Investors in the Environment (iie)

NetPositive Investors in the Environment (iie) is a nationwide environmental accreditation scheme.

It is designed to help your business whether small or large save money and the environment, by improving going green and will ensure you get recognition for your green initiatives.

It works to support your business calculating your carbon footprint and implementing environmental management systems.

The Decarbonize Programme

Derby University can provide free technical advice on how to make changes to support Nottinghamshire SMEs with becoming greener.

No grants are available to SMEs from this programme outside of Derby and Derbyshire, but you can get lots of help looking at your low carbon initiatives and with sourcing suppliers. It’s worth talking to them to see what the best approach might be to achieve your environmental goals.

Find out more on the The Decarbonize Programme website or contact Bruno Gallotta, by:

The Low Carbon Network

If you are an SME and supply low carbon or environmental goods or services then you can join this network.

It gives access to £2,500 grant to use for improving your business, and towards accreditations, as well as a searchable network map that allows SMEs to connect with larger organisations and supply chains. This is managed by Derby University.

Find out more on The Low Carbon Network website or contact them by:

NEP Energy Services

NEP Energy Services assist third sector organisations to become more energy efficient. They have worked with over 100 organisations including sports clubs and community centres. One hundred per cent of NEP Energy Services profits are reinvested in public health and carbon reduction projects.

Find out more on the NEP Energy Services website. 

The ARC Project

SMEs in Hucknall and Nottingham City area can get free carbon reduction advice and access to a grant which can cover up to 35% of eligible projects costs to a maximum of £16,000. This can be used to support low carbon energy efficiency projects.

Contact: David Kelly ARC Project Manager:

SME Climate Hub

The SME Climate Hub provides FREE tools and resources to help with measuring carbon emissions and developing your climate strategy. This is to help small business towards their journey to halve emissions before 2030 and achieve net zero emissions before 2050.

Finance Solutions to Support Green Energy Projects:

NatWest Business Bank

Offer services, financing and funding solutions to customers, to help them achieve their green and climate ambitions. They will support customers, both small and large to transition towards a low carbon economy through climate and sustainable funding and financing.

  • email: Amber Launder, Local Enterprise Manager - launder@natwest.com

website: NatWest Green Energy Financing

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