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Reduce business energy costs and cut carbon emissions

Find ways for your business to save money and make the most out of getting to net zero.

Step 1: Measure your carbon emissions

Calculate the carbon footprint of your organisation in line with scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions as required.

Step 2: Target setting

Set realistic targets to reduce your footprint over time, and commit towards achieving net zero by 2050.

Step 3: Reduce emissions

Create carbon management plans tailored to help achieve specific carbon reduction targets, with inclusion of recommended improvement areas. These plans can be created to comply with PPN 06/21 for organisations bidding for government contracts.

You can also procure high quality, third party verified ‘carbon offsets’ to use alongside reductions in emissions as part of your carbon management strategy, with certification of carbon neutrality. Typically, offsets will involve a reduction in GHG emissions or an increase in carbon storage through land restoration or the planting of trees which is used to compensate for emissions that occur elsewhere. Businesses receive ‘carbon credits’ certified by the Government or other authorised bodies.

Calculating carbon emissions for your business

Carbon provides online carbon calculators which is free for up to one building. Paid for support options are also available.

The Carbon Trust provides a free online SME carbon calculator.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has a Small business user guide which includes guidance on how to measure and report your greenhouse gas emissions.

The following organisations are private consultancies and they can also provide this service for you:

Planning how you to reduce your carbon footprint?

You can use Zero Carbon Business UK to identify your sector, location and get a plan of action to help you get started. This will also show you what support is available in your area and across your industry sector.

Ashfields business decarbonisation programme

The is being delivered by East Midlands Chamber and is funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF). It forms part of Ashfield District Councils new Accelerator Programme and offers support to SMEs with reducing their energy costs. Local enterprises from all sectors can work with specialist consultants who will identify their carbon footprints and develop an practical action plan for how energy improvement measures can be implemented. 

**In addition to this, any micro and small sized business taking part will also have access to a capital grant of up to £3000, to implement eligible energy improvement measures shown in their action plans.

Get help with carbon reduction and off-setting can help businesses with sourcing a suitable offset projects to help reduce your emissions. These projects also provide wider benefits in addition to carbon reduction, such as biodiversity, education, jobs, food security, and heath and wellbeing in developing countries.

South Pole develops and implements comprehensive offsetting strategies that turn climate action into long-term business opportunities for companies, governments and organisations around the world.

The Zellar Platform

This is an online platform that can help businesses to calculate and manage their carbon footprints, measure performance, create decarbonisation plans, and ultimately reduce their energy bills. There are a total of 400 one-year Zellar sustainability platform licences (worth up to £600 each) on offer from the East Midland's Chamber of Commerce to businesses in Nottingham, Leicester, Mansfield, Bassetlaw, Newark and Sherwood, Derbyshire Dales and the High Peak.

Net Zero Accelerator webinar series:

Please find detail of a suite of webinars created to support organisations with their path to net zero. They are open to any business and are free to attend:

Severn Trent water audit

Businesses can sign up for a free water audit to help detect and resolve issues that could be costing the business money. Seven Trent will also monitor your current water usage and provide personalised water saving advice, tailored to your business. They can fit water saving devices, replace any old fixtures and fittings, and identify opportunities to fix leaks, all for free. Less water wasted and less energy used will also help reduce your carbon footprint.

Business Aid energy toolkit

This toolkit provides SME manufacturers with easy access to experts and equipment, helping you make significant reductions to your energy usage in short time frames.

Support includes areas such as:

  • Data-driven insights into your energy usage
  • Help to identify production planning improvements
  • Pinpointing cost-saving measures
  • Discover opportunities to reduce your carbon footprint and work towards net zero
  • Expertise from a team of specialists

  • website: WMG University of Warwick - reduce energy consumption

EV infrastructure Grant

The EV infrastructure grant for staff and fleets is for small to medium sized businesses in the UK. This grant will cover up to 75% of the cost of installing the infrastructure needed for charge points to operate and for future charge points to be installed, as well as the cost of any charge points installed. There is a limit of £15,000 per grant.

You can get up to:

  • £350 per charge point socket installed
  • £500 per parking space enabled with supporting infrastructure

To be eligible you must also be a UK registered company, charity or public sector with a company registration number or VAT number. The grant can only be used to retrofit existing properties. It cannot be used for buildings under construction, and your car park must have a minimum of 5 clearly marked, off-street parking spaces. Your installer will claim the grant on your behalf. The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) provides this grant.

Business information electric vehicles (EV) hub

This is an online platform which provides lots of information, including grants on all aspects of electric vehicles. So, whether your looking for an electric van for your business, need help with HGV's or help with understanding HMRC electric mileage rates, this platform can help.

Industrial Energy Transformation Fund

This fund supports the development and deployment of technologies that enable businesses with high energy use to transition to a low carbon future. It is a competition fund managed by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero. There have been 2 successful phases so far and a third new phase worth £185 million is being launched in 2023. At the moment this is open for consultation on what the final design of phase 3 will be, which closed on 21 July 2023.

Apply for the exemption or compensation scheme certificate

The government has developed an exemption scheme providing relief to some energy intensive industries (EIIs) whose competitiveness may be most at risk, for a proportion of the indirect costs of funding low carbon schemes. Please read the CFD, RO and FIT guidance information which explains the key requirements in determining whether a business is eligible for an EII certificate.

The energy bills discount scheme

The energy bills discount scheme will support eligible businesses and organisations that have a non-domestic contract with a licensed energy supplier and heat network suppliers. Organisations can apply for this if at least 50% of its revenue is generated from UK based activity within eligible standard industrial classification (SIC) code sectors (PDF document). The discount itself will apply to 70% of your energy volumes, but you must have a non-domestic contract with a licensed energy supplier:

Find more help on the following websites:

Page last updated: 22 November 2023